Eric Patterson will start in center field for the first time as a member of the Red Sox Friday as his team looks to exact revenge vs. the Rangers. The Sox fell to Texas, 7-2, but with Patterson having a good track record against Rangers starter Colby Lewis (triple, homer, 2 RBI, and a walk in six plate appearances), it's no wonder he is batting second. Adrian Beltre also returns to the starting lineup.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Eric Patterson, CF

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. J.D. Drew, RF

According to major league source familiar with the situation, the Texas Rangers continue to monitor the status of Mike Lowell, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his surgically-repaired right hip. The source suggests the Rangers may have increased interest in making a deal for Lowell depending how the market unfolds as the trade deadline draws closer.

Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee did not soften his stance on George Steinbrenner following the Yankees owner's death Tuesday. "As far as Steinbrenner's passing? Good," Lee said in an interview with New Hampshire TV station WMUR. Added Lee: "Trust me, if hell freezes over, he'll be skating."

 

After taking a CT scan Thursday, it was determined that Victor Martinez' fractured left thumb hadn't gotten any worse after there were some concerns that it might have been digressed in some way.

 

"They wanted to see it had become worse or displaced and it is OK," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona after his team's 7-2 loss to the Rangers Thursday night at Fenway Park. "He is still very tender. As that tenderness leaves he can do more, but that is where we are at."

 

Tim Wakefield allowed six straight hits after retiring the first batter of the game as the Texas Rangers scored six runs in the first en route to a 7-2 win over the Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park. 

 

Wakefield [3-8] retired only six batters on the night and was pulled after facing three batters in the third and throwing 34 pitches on the night. Wakefield allowed seven runs - six earned - on eight hits in his shortest outing since pitching just 1 2/3 innings in Sept. 2008, also against the Rangers. 

 

Adrian Beltre went five straight seasons playing in 156 games or more. (AP)So, how and when did Adrian Beltre learn to deal with pain?

He doesn't have to take more than a few seconds to find his answer even though the moment came 20 years earlier.



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Speaking for the first time since his first rehab start last Sunday in Pawtucket, Josh Beckett said he is making progress on building up the strength and stamina he needs to return to the rotation. Beckett, out since May 18 with a lower back strain, will make at least one more rehab start on Saturday in Syracuse for Triple-A Pawtucket before sitting down with Red Sox coaches and manager Terry Francona to determine if he can return to the rotation next week on the road trip.

 

Adrian Beltre had an MRI on his sore left hamstring and manager Terry Francona said the preliminary findings were "pretty good" but decided to hold him out of the starting lineup against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night at Fenway Park. Francona replaced Beltre with Bill Hall at third base for Thursday's four-game series opener. 

 

Though the Red Sox appear to be inching closer to clearing up some of their injury woes with rehab appearances set for Clay Buchholz, Manny Delcarmen and Josh Beckett, they begin their first post-All-Star break with one of their key contributors on the bench. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who left Sunday's game against the Blue Jays in the fifth inning with a hamstring strain, is not in the lineup as the Red Sox take on the Rangers Thursday at Fenway Park.

Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, during a conversation on "Sports Buzz" on the Pulse Network with Butch Stearns, said that he expects more information to come out linking Roger Clemens to performance-enhancing drugs.