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08/23/2012 - 5:29pm
Ortiz clears tests 'perfectly,' returns Friday

After going through a series of running tests for over 10 minutes and taking live batting practice on Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park, David Ortiz is on schedule to make his return on Friday against the Royals, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced Thursday afternoon. Ortiz has been on the disabled list since July 17 with an injured right Achilles, suffered while running the bases on an Adrian Gonzalez homer the night before.

"It looked like David got through everything perfectly," Valentine said. "He was running the bases. [Thursday] was the day he was going to run the bases, which he hadn't done yet. He had run sprints and done other things. He ran the bases, we're going to see how he gets through it. If he gets through, we're planning on hopefully activating him [Friday]."

In 89 games this season with the Red Sox, Ortiz is batting .316 with 23 homers and 58 RBIs, slugging at a team-best .609 rate and an OPS of 1.023....

08/23/2012 - 5:06pm
Bobby V: Pesky funeral furor 'very insulting'

Bobby Valentine came out swinging today at critics who say the Red Sox embarrassed themselves by having only four player representatives at the funeral for legend Johnny Pesky on Monday morning. Midway through his pre-game press briefing with reporters, Valentine was asked what he thought of only four players attending the funeral services.  

"I think it's very insulting to the family, the Pesky family, for people to be thinking an organization that loved him so much did anything other than the right thing. That's my answer to that," Valentine said. 

It was reported in the Herald that only four players attended the funeral despite ownership and management providing transportation to and from the funeral. The paper reported that only David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Vicente Padilla and Clay Buchholz were spotted at the service. 

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08/23/2012 - 3:24pm
Lineup: Gomez gets start at first base

As the Sox look to snap a three-game losing streak against C.J. Wilson and the Angels at Fenway Park, they will have Mauro Gomez in the lineup at first base with Adrian Gonzalez handling the DH duties.

Pedro Ciriaco is also back in the leadoff spot with Jacoby Ellsbury hitting second and Dustin Pedroia in the third spot. Here's the rest of the lineup:

Ciriaco 3B
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez DH
Ross RF
Lavarnway C
Gomez 1B
Aviles SS
Podsednik LF

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08/23/2012 - 1:56pm
Lucchino: Players honored Pesky on Tuesday
By: DJ Bean

Speaking on the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino defended the players who did not attend Johnny Pesky's funeral. The Boston Herald reported Thursday that only four players were in attendance. 

“I think the people who knew Johnny best came to it," Lucchino said. "Our players had the chance on Tuesday night to participate in the ceremony on the field. They all willingly and enthusiastically participated on that day and then there’s going to be another memorial service, so I think it’s unnecessary to focus on that issue.” 

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08/23/2012 - 1:32pm
Cora: 'Very surprised' Sox skipped funeral
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora joined Kirk Minihane and Rob Bradford Thursday to express his surprise that only four Red Sox attended the funeral of Johnny Pesky on Monday. 

"I was very surprised," Cora said. "I think what Johnny means and meant to the players and the people in Boston, he was more than just a people person. Just walking into that clubhouse and seeing Johnny smile and greeting you in there and talking about baseball and life in general, he meant a lot, especially to a lot of people in there. I was very surprised to hear that only four players showed up to the funeral." 

The Red Sox had rented buses to take players and staff from Fenway to the church in Swampscott on Monday -- an off-day -- but the player turnout was limited to just David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz, Vicente Padilla and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Cora said that if he were on the team, he wouldn't have needed someone to tell him to attend the...

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