ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show and noted that despite the uphill climb the Red Sox face in their effort to make the playoffs, they have no choice but to focus on winning games.

 

"I think it just comes down to you compete," Ricciardi said. "You compete as much as you can, you put the best lineup out there that you can, and your object is to win as many games as possible. You just keep competing until they tell you it's done and you're out of it." 

 

BALTIMORE -- On Thursday, Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for August.

 

Buchholz made six starts in August, finishing the month with a 4-0 record and an ERA of 1.03. For the season the right-hander has a 15-5 record and an AL-best 2.21 ERA. 

 

Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays was named the AL Player of the Month.

 

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BALTIMORE -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said Thursday in Baltimore that while he has not made a decision yet regarding surgery, he will have a better idea following a CT scan on Friday.

 

Pedroia suffered a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot on June 25 in a game against the Giants. He was placed on the DL and returned this month, though he was put back on the shelf after just two games.

 

BALTIMORE -- In the finale of their three-game series with the Orioles, the Red Sox will field the same lineup that earned them a 9-6 victory Wednesday night. Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-4, 4.19 ERA) will be on the hill as he seeks his ninth win of the season against Brad Bergesen (6-9, 5.55). 

 

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1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. J.D. Drew, RF

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. Jed Lowrie, 2B

7. Mike Lowell, 1B

8. Daniel Nava, LF

9. Ryan Kalish, CF

According to the Boston Herald, first baseman Carlos Delgado has a small tear in his left hip that will prevent him from playing with the Red Sox. The 38-year-old, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox in August, was examined by Dr. Marc Phillipon in Vail, Colo. That examination revealed the condition. According to the Herald, potential treatment options include surgery.

 

BALTIMORE - With the Aug. 31 deadline for waiver trades having come and gone with Mike Lowell not having been dealt, the 36-year-old said that he was excited that he would be playing what are almost certainly his final weeks as a major leaguer in a Red Sox uniform.

 

While a lack of playing time had led Lowell to hope for a trade for much of the season, the fact that he is now getting an opportunity to play with the Sox has offered him contentment in Boston. In the end, he was glad that the deadline passed without him moving to another club.

 

Manny Ramirez told ESPN.com that he will be flying in his personal barber, Angel Pena (also known as 'LMontro'), when he comes to Boston for the White Sox' three-game series at Fenway Park, which starts Friday. Ramirez needs Pena to cut his hair due to the appearance standards upheld by the White Sox ever since owner Jerry Reinsdorf had A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede cut their hair in 2006.

 

BALTIMORE – Josh Beckett has been here before, searching for answers in a season considered – by himself, by others – as a terrible disappointment.



According to the Palm Beach Post, the divorce settlement between Tiger Woods and his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, mandates that the PGA star pay Nordegren $54 million by 2016 or risk losing his newly-built property in Jupiter Island, Florida. The report states that Woods took out a $54 million mortgage two days after the divorce was finalized in Panama City on Aug. 23. Woods is currently in the Boston-area while getting ready to participate in this weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship.

When asked about the 105 mph fastball reportedly thrown by Reds rookie Aroldis Chapman last Friday, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said during his team's recent series against the Rays, "I've seen it," citing the time he clocked then-Detroit minor-leaguer Joel Zumaya throwing 104 mph during a Florida State League game in 2004. "I used to always calibrate our gun just to make sure," Papelbon explained. "I started and Lester started so I always had Lester's velocity as well.