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09/01/2011 - 4:50pm
Youkilis to be activated Friday, Drew not yet

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis will be activated for Friday's game against the Rangers, manager Terry Francona announced on Thursday. Youkilis has been out of the Red Sox lineup since Aug. 17 with a back injury and would be first eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. In two rehab games for Triple-A Pawtucket, Youkilis was 2-for-8 with a walk and solo home run. He played all nine innings at third base Wednesday night in Rochester, N.Y., for the PawSox and returned to Boston Thursday to work out with the team before being activated. Francona said he expects Youkilis to be ready to play every day upon his arrival, although he added that the coaching staff would monitor his health as he plays.

While Youkilis is set to return, right fielder J.D. Drew suffered a setback as he jammed one of his knuckles during his rehab assignment. Francona said that the doctors told him Drew could play "as tolerated" but added that Drew is sore. The...

09/01/2011 - 4:34pm
Jackson, Doubront added to Sox roster

The first of September is the day on the baseball calendar when teams can expand their rosters for the stretch run, and the Red Sox did just that before Thursday's game with the Yankees by adding the recently-acquired utilityman Conor Jackson and minor league pitcher Felix Doubront to their major league roster. 

Boston made a last-minute trade with Oakland for Jackson Wednesday night. (If the trade had occurred a day later, Jackson would not have been eligible to make the Red Sox postseason roster.) Jackson, who has played the corner outfield and infielder spots, hit .249 with four home runs and 38 RBI in 102 games for the A's this season prior to the trade. He is expected to compete with Darnell McDonald for at-bats as the primary right-handed backup outfielder with the Sox, although his versatility at first and third base could get him some chances at those positions as well.

While Jackson joins the Red Sox for the first time, Doubront...

09/01/2011 - 3:35pm
Lineup: Pedroia in cleanup spot vs. Burnett

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia returns to the cleanup spot in the order Thursday night as the team takes on the Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series. Perdoia owns a .338/.393/.584/.977 batting line when hitting fourth this season to go along with five doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI in 19 games. He hit second in the lineup in Wednesday's 9-5 win over New York after 12 straight games in the fourth spot.

With Pedroia back hitting cleanup, Marco Scutaro moves up to hit second behind leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury after hitting ninth Wednesday. Scutaro has reached base safely in 15 of his last 16 games and owns an average of .317 over that span. 

Pedroia, Scutaro and the rest of the Red Sox lineup will take on Yankees starter A.J. Burnett, who has struggled mightily lately as he was 1-2 with an 11.91 ERA over his five starts in August. The Red Sox will counter Burnett with lefty Jon Lester, who comparatively was 3-2 with an...

09/01/2011 - 1:04pm
Garnett: No discussion of C's extension yet

The Celtics have not engaged Kevin Garnett in serious discussion about a possible extension, the all-star forward told The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday.

Asked whether he's talked with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge about an extension, Garnett said, "Truthfully, no, I haven't. ... He'll throw something up in the air, and it'll be funny and we'll laugh at it, but it's not concrete. No."

Under contract for $21.2 million for the 2011-12 season, Garnett said he has not made a decision about whether or not his current deal is his last. As for whether there will actually be a 2011-12 season, Garnett also shared his thoughts on the NBA lockout.

"You trust no one in this, to be honest," he said. "You trust the players, because we are all communicating, and it is negotiating, but you never trust the other side, you know? Because you don't know what they're thinking, and you don't want them to know...

09/01/2011 - 12:13pm
Report: Fred Taylor to retire

According to a report from Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union, former Patriots running back Fred Taylor will sign a one-day contract with the Jaguars on Friday, allowing Taylor to retire with the franchise that drafted him in 1998.

Taylor played 11 seasons with the Jaguars and holds the franchise record with 11,271 yards rushing. He was released by the Jaguars following the 2008 season and played two seasons with the Patriots, rushing for 424 yards in 13 games as he battled a series of injuries.

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