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09/03/2012 - 12:00am
Cherington, Henry had already planned trips

According to a team source, those wondering why Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and principal owner John Henry will both be in Seattle this week "shouldn't read anything into" the trips. Evidently, Cherington had planned "for a while" to join the team for its three-game series against the Mariners, while Henry is slated to attend meetings in the city.

The presence of both men in Seattle, coupled with the recent demise of the Red Sox (who are winless in the first six games of their current road trip), led to speculation that a decision regarding manager Bobby Valentine's fate was imminent.

Still, even though both trips were prearranged -- and president Larry Lucchino's statement that Valentine would not be fired during the 2012 season -- the manager's job security would seem to be tenuous. The Red Sox are 62-73, 13 games out of the second wild card spot. And on their current road trip, the Sox have been out-scored, 54...

09/02/2012 - 6:58pm
Sox hit new low as A's complete sweep

The Red Sox fell to 62-73 on the season and 0-6 on their nine-game West Coast swing with a 6-2 loss to the A's on Sunday. The Sox were outscored 33-5 in the three games in Oakland and now stand a season-worst 11 games below .500.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched. Through six games of the West Coast trip Sox starters have allowed 45 hits and 27 earned runs in 27 1/3 innings (11.52 ERA). The A's homered twice off of Matsuzaka, solo shots from Seth Smith and Stephen Drew. 

Andrew Miller relieved Matsuzaka in the fourth inning and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. The bullpen was a lone bright spot for the Sox on Sunday, as Miller, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Mark Melancon combined to allow just a single hit and zero runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The offense continued to struggle, as Brett Anderson (3-0) gave up just a run on five hits in six innings. The lone run...

09/02/2012 - 3:33pm
Sox recall newly acquired De Jesus Jr.

The Red Sox have recalled infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket, putting their active roster at 27 players. The 25-year-old De Jesus Jr. was one of the players acquired from the Dodgers in the Aug. 25 trade that sent Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.

Since joining Pawtucket, De Jesus Jr. has hit .385 (10-for-26) after hitting .295 for Triple-A Albuquerque. The infielder, who was taken in the second round of the 2005 draft, appeared in 23 major league games for the Dodgers this season, going 9-for-33 (.273). He is the sone of 15-year major league veteran shortstop Ivan De Jesus Sr.

The addition of De Jesus Jr. -- who has played second base, third base, shortstop along with both corner outfield positions -- also allows for some insurance if Dustin Pedroia is forced to leave the team. The second baseman's wife, Kelli, is expecting to deliver the couple's second child any day now.

In other...

09/02/2012 - 3:11pm
Vereen, Woodhead, Gregory all absent

FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Steve Gregory and Visanthe Shiancoe were all missing for the start of Patriots practice on Sunday afternoon in full pads outside Gillette Stadium.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez was also absent, though he was spotted in team stretching exercises before leaving early without a team trainer.

Safety Patrick Chung, who injured his shoulder in the second preseason game against the Eagles on Aug. 20, was in attendance but was wearing a "no-contact" red jersey.

Offensive lineman Nick McDonald, who took several snaps in the preseason at center and right guard, was in attendance but only wearing sweats. He injured his arm during the team's third preseason game at Tampa Bay on Aug. 25. After missing practice on Friday, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer returned on Sunday. 

Sunday also marked the team's first full practice since NFL rosters were cut down to 53 players and eight practice...

09/02/2012 - 2:53pm
Belichick: Demps 'out for the year'

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Sunday afternoon during his media briefing that former Olympian sprinter Jeff Demps will miss the entire 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve as part of the final 53-man roster cutdown on Friday night. Demps, while returning a punt, appeared to injure his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the preseason finale against the Giants on Aug. 28.

Belichick was asked if Demps' season was over due to the injured reserve status, even with the modified injured reserve clause ratified last week by the NFLPA.

"Yes, yes, any player that's on injured reserve prior to this coming Tuesday is out for the year," Belichick said. "If a player is on the active roster and they go on injured reserve anytime after [Sept. 4], they could be designated as [eligible to return]."

Belichick also clarified that a player like Dane Fletcher is also not eligible to return this season with...

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