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08/06/2012 - 3:27pm
Lineup: Salty catching, Kalish in right

The Red Sox feature what is, for now, a fairly standard lineup against a right-handed pitcher for Monday's game against the Texas Rangers and starter Yu Darvish. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate and catching Aaron Cook. Ryan Kalish will be in right field, and Cody Ross will be the designated hitter.

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RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Crawford, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ross, DH
Saltalamacchia, C
Middlebrooks, 3B
Kalish, RF
Aviles, SS

Cook, SP


08/06/2012 - 11:45am
C's Green: 'I feel awesome' post-surgery

In an interview on former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Damaris Lewis' blog Heels to Hoops, Jeff Green said he feels better physically now than before the heart surgery that kept him from playing the entire 2011-12 NBA season (h/t Red's Army).

"I feel awesome," said Green. "I actually feel a lot better than I did prior to the surgery. It was a blessing, and I'm doing better now."

Green has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Celtics, although the contract remains unsigned. Still, he didn't appear concerned about the delay when he made this statement: "To all the Boston fans that read this, banner 18 is on the way."

Green reiterated that his No. 1 goal this season is to win a title. "I know that's everybody's goal...

08/06/2012 - 8:07am
Mashup: Pierce talks free agency

Although Paul Pierce said he was "bitter" about Ray Allen joining the Heat, he saw how the Celtics treated Allen as a commodity last year, and talked about playing out his contract rather than seeking an extension. Pierce didn't allude that he wanted to leave Boston, he just wants flexibility. After all, Pierce said, the excitement of free agency is something he has never truly experienced.

“I think I am going to play this one out,” Pierce told Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. “I want to see what it feels like to be a free agent for once in my life. I think I am going to play this one out. A lot can change in two years. My body [may not] be where I want it to be, I could retire, a lot of things could happen. I love the game. I made as much money as I possibly can. It's about winning a championship and if I feel like it's the right thing to do, maybe so [come back]. If I solidify my third year, maybe they opt out, so it's...

08/05/2012 - 6:03pm
Ortiz may seek alternative treatment

Following the Red Sox' 6-4 win over the Twins Sunday, David Ortiz said that he may seek alternative treatment for his injured right Achilles tendon.

Ortiz, who was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list last Wednesday, explained the proposed treatment is a kind of anesthesia. The treatment would not be, however, any kind of shot, according to the designated hitter.

"I'm thinking about it. Not cortisone. I have to talk to the doctors," said Ortiz, who hasn't played since July 16. "I have to get more information. The doctors have given me some ideas because I'm still very sore. I have to talk to them to see what's up."

Ortiz admitted there is some concern that the injury hasn't gotten significantly better.

"Of course," he said when asked if there is some anxiety regarding how slow the recovery has been. "I haven't played in the past three weeks and I still have pain. I'm not worried about...

08/05/2012 - 4:51pm
Red Sox halt skid behind Morales

Making his first start since July 13, Franklin Morales helped lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the Twins in the teams' series finale at Fenway Park Sunday.

The win snaps the Red Sox' four-game losing streak and moves them to 54-55 on the season.

Morales allowed one run on three hits, striking out four and walking three ore six innings. The lefty threw 106 pitches (63 strikes). He has totaled a 3.06 ERA in six games as a starter (11 earned runs, 32 1/3 innings) this season.

Highlighting the Sox' offense was a two-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez in the fifth inning. The first baseman's 11th homer of the season cleared the left field wall and scored Carl Crawford to give the Sox a 4-1 lead.

Crawford, who was celebrating his 31st birthday, kept his hot streak going, knocking out three more hits to raise his batting average to .284. The outfielder has now played in eight straight games, totaling a .343 batting average (11-for-32).

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