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08/01/2011 - 10:58pm
Lackey: I felt better than five runs
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox starter John Lackey retired the first eight batters he faced Monday but ended up allowing five runs over 6 2/3 innings in the team's 9-6 loss to the Indians. He struck out three of the first six Cleveland batters to come to the plate, and said after the game that his five earned runs were too many given how well he was going. 

"I felt really strong. I started off well. My arm felt good, and I was locating well, really established in pretty well on some left-handers," Lackey said. "I made a couple of mistakes early on that kind of cost me. I felt like I had better stuff and felt better than to give up that many runs, for sure." 

Lackey did not factor into the decision Monday, though he had opportunities to better position himself for his 10th win. He relinquished a pair of leads over the course of the game, allowing a Michael Brantley RBI double in the top of the third to tie the game at one and later allowing...

08/01/2011 - 10:22pm
All good things: Bard gives it up, Sox lose

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a pair of two-run home runs - including the go-ahead blast off Daniel Bard - to lead the Indians to a 9-6 win over the Red Sox Monday night at Fenway in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park. Jason Kipnis also starred for the Indians with a single, double and solo homer in the ninth. With the Yankees beating the White Sox, 3-2, Monday in Chicago, the Red Sox lead in the AL East is down to one game. 

After retiring the first eight batters he faced, Sox starter John Lackey was spotty, giving up five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He surrendered back-to-back homers to Cabrera and Travis Hafner in Cleveland's three-run sixth as the Indians took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth. 

But the Red Sox rallied when Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted a two-run broken bat homer down the right field line. Saltalamacchia got a good swing and as he did, part of his bat splintered down the first base line. 

08/01/2011 - 8:13pm
Source: Patriots cut loose QB Crompton

The Patriots have released quarterback Jonathan Crompton, according to a league source. Crompton, a 6-foot-4, 228-pounder who was signed to the Patriots practice squad last November, has not taken a snap in a game for New England. A fifth-round pick of the Chargers in 2010 out of Tennessee, he threw for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior with the Vols. For more Patriots news, check out

08/01/2011 - 5:10pm
Pats release upcoming practice schedule

Late Monday afternoon, the Patriots have announced the practice schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday, with a 1:30-4:30 practice on Tuesday afternoon on the fields behind Gillette Stadium and a 6:30-9 p.m. practice on Wednesday inside Gillette Stadium for season ticket holders only. For more updates, check out

08/01/2011 - 5:03pm
Bedard to start Thursday, go with 6 starters

Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Monday that newly-acquired lefty Erik Bedard will make his Red Sox debut on Thursday in the series finale against the Indians at Fenway Park. 

"Bedard will pitch Thursday," Francona said. "That way we can back up Lester and give him an extra day. So everybody slides back a day. We don't have a day off till we leave and go to Seattle. Up to that point, we'll stick with six starters."

Francona added that he will have Andrew Miller in the bullpen on Thursday to back up Bedard, who just came off the disabled list after a knee injury. Bedard, who is 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA, lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and five earned runs last Friday in a start against Tampa Bay. He walked four and struck out just two in his first start since late June. For that reason, Francona said he will go with Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, John Lackey, Andrew Miller and Bedard in the...

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