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08/03/2012 - 4:12pm
Morales will start Sunday in place of Beckett

Pitcher Franklin Morales told WEEI.com that he will start Sunday's game against the Twins in place of Josh Beckett, who injured his back in his last start. Morales has made five starts for the Sox this season, going 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.

Manager Bobby Valentine told The Big Show on Wednesday that Morales was his choice to start if the need arises. Beckett suffered a back spasm in the third inning of his start against the Tigers on Tuesday and was not able to throw in his scheduled side session on Thursday.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.
 


08/03/2012 - 4:06pm
More fights break out at Patriots camp

FOXBORO -- Two days after a training camp fight broke out before 22,000 fans inside Gillette Stadium, there were two more battles on Friday. Coach Bill Belichick sent the team, along with members of the coaching staff, to run three laps around the field as punishment.

The first fight involved linebacker Bobby Carpenter and lineman Ryan Wendell and two incidents followed moments later. Belichick spoke to the team after the laps and quarterback Tom Brady called for a players-only huddle.

"It's the same stuff it always is," Carpenter said after Friday's practice. "It's guys trying to go all the way through the whistle and things get a little heated and one thing leads to another and before you know it, there's 60 guys out there. But Coach Belichick talked to us. Hopefully, that won't happen again. We can't be fighting ourselves. We have to be working to improve."

That scrum, which also featured Patrick Chung and Rob...

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...

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