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08/03/2012 - 3:29pm
Shoppach, Aviles back; Lavarnway at DH

Kelly Shoppach (shin) and Mike Aviles (turn toe), both of whom had been sidelined by injuries recently, are back in the Red Sox lineup on Friday against the Twins. With left-hander Brian Duensing on the mound for Minnesota, the Red Sox will also feature Ryan Lavarnway at designated hitter, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia sitting.

Felix Doubront will get the start for the Red Sox, facing the Twins for the first time. For complete batter vs. pitcher histories, click here. For team coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

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

Doubront, SP


08/03/2012 - 1:41pm
Pierce: 'Still a little bitter' about Allen

In a video interview on the team's website, Celtics' forward Paul Pierce said that Ray Allen's contributions to the franchise will never be forgotten and joked that he was "a little bitter" about Allen's decision to sign with Miami.

"It's going to be weird," Pierce said of seeing Allen with the Heat. "Ray made the best decision for him. That's what it's pretty much all about. You get in these situations in free agency, you make the best decision for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't have a championship ring. The things he's been able to for this organization will never be forgotten."

Asked if he has talked with him much this summer, Pierce joked, "I'm still a little bitter, but we're still brothers."

Also in the interview, Pierce said that his left knee felt a lot better after he played through...

08/03/2012 - 9:49am
Schilling: 'I'm taking swing' at Bobby V insult

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning and discussed how he would have reacted to the most recent controversy in the Red Sox clubhouse regarding Bobby Valentine and Will Middlebrooks. Valentine told The Big Show Wednesday that the only time he had discussions with ownership about communication with players was after he made a sarcastic comment to Middlebrooks after a couple of defensive failures by the third baseman in an inning earlier this season.  

"As a player, that's a swing. I'm taking a swing at that comment," Schilling said. "And I'm not talking about just Bobby, if anybody had said that … Bobby's different. He runs and beats to a different drummer. ... I never came off the field after giving up five runs and had a manager say, 'wow, that's a nice inning." I never heard anybody...

08/03/2012 - 8:23am
Mashup: Obama skeptical of Tebow in NYC

President Obama lists everything great about Tim Tebow: a winner, clutch and, of course, a "wonderful young man." But, like others, the Prez is lukewarm on the idea of the Jets acquiring Tebow because of the inherent quarterback controversy that comes along with him.

“I've got to tell you, I don’t like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season, so if I was a Jets fan, I’d be pretty nervous,” Obama said. “Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row. I think Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man, and he’s got just a great winning attitude. He really steps up when things count.”

“But there’s going to be a lot of tension in that situation,” Obama said, “so it’ll be pretty interesting to see how it plays itself out.”

Read more about that story and others at Friday's Morning Mashup at the...

08/02/2012 - 9:48pm
Red Sox bats go silent in loss to Twins

The Red Sox mustered just two hits against the Twins Thursday night in dropping a 5-0 decision to Minnesota in the teams' series opener at Fenway Park.

Sox starter Jon Lester pitched a solid game, allowing three runs on seven hits over eight innings, striking out seven and not walking a batter in his 105-pitch outing. But it was no match for Twins' starting pitcher Sam Deduna, who gave up just two hits over six innings, walking four and striking out one.

The only two hits for the Red Sox came off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez, the owner of a fourth-inning double and sixth-inning single. The Sox managed two runners on with two outs in the first, fourth and sixth innings, but came up empty in each frame, ending up stranding a total of six batters while going 0-foir-4 with runners in scoring position.

The Twins first got to Lester in the third inning when they plated a pair of runs on Denard Span's RBI double and a run-scoring single from Ben...

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