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08/27/2012 - 11:00am
Sox lineup: Gomez at DH, Iglesias on bench

Mauro Gomez will start at designated hitter for the second straight day as the Red Sox take on the Royals on Monday afternoon in the final game of their four-game series. Gomez looks to continue his hot streak, as he is 4-for-11 with three walks, three RBIs and four runs scored in the series.

Mike Aviles is back at short as Jose Iglesias, who made his season debut as a pinch-hitter Saturday night and grounded into a double play, remains on the bench.

Here is the lineup that's supporting Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Scott Podsednik, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Cody Ross, RF
James Loney, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Mauro Gomez, DH
Mike Aviles, SS
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B

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08/27/2012 - 10:03am
Cherington: Sox need to 'protect' ailing Ortiz

During his Monday morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington implied that David Ortiz will not play again this season. Ortiz returned Friday after missing 35 games with an Achilles injury and went 2-for-4 with a double, but he aggravated the injury running the bases.

"We'll probably make a decision on that today," Cherington said. "David is still having soreness. He's had this issue with his Achilles that he obviously tried to come back on. He can do things on the field, he can swing the bat, but it is bothering him. We don't believe it's an issue that will necessarily affect him long term, but it is an issue right now.

"David wants to play. He's always wanted to play. He's always been one of our most durable players. Every time it's possible, he's out there playing.

"Sometimes the organization has to do the right thing and take a decision out of a player's hands....

08/27/2012 - 9:51am
Cherington on D&C: Theo 'happy' for Sox

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about the weekend trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for James Loney and prospects.

Asked if he was surprised the Dodgers were willing to take so much salary off the Red Sox' hands, Cherington said he understood their thinking.

"I think there was a lot of motivation on their part. They're in a different position than we are right now, obviously," Cherington said. "Adrian makes a ton of sense for them, not just in their lineup but with what they're trying to do in building that business in Southern California. I can understand that motivation, and trying to put a flag in the ground out there. But I can't really speak to -- every team has reasons why they do things. They obviously felt like this made sense for them, and we felt it made sense for us."

Added Cherington: "...

08/27/2012 - 9:14am
Patriots reportedly cut WR Stallworth

Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth's bid to return to the Patriots appears to have ended unsuccessfully, as Pro Football Talk reported that Stallworth was cut by the team Monday morning.

Stallworth, who had 46 catches for 697 yards with the 2007 Patriots, bounced around to three teams the past four years before signing with the Pats in March. He had five receptions for 61 yards in three preseason games, including three for 40 yards in Friday's loss to the Buccaneers.

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08/27/2012 - 9:02am
Source: Patriots cut DL Bulman

According to a league source, the Patriots have cut defensive lineman Tim Bulman.

The Boston College product signed a one-year deal with the Pats in July after spending the last six seasons seeing limited duty with the Texans. He broke into the NFL in 2005, spending one season with the Cardinals after signing as an undrafted free agent.

The Patriots still have seven cuts to make in order to get the roster to 75 by the Monday afternoon deadline.

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