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08/07/2011 - 7:44pm
Posada on benching: 'It's just a flesh wound'

Prior to the series finale with the Red Sox, longtime Yankees catcher turned designated hitter Jorge Posada seemed resigned to his fate with the team he helped lead to five World Series titles since 1996. His latest dissatisfaction came when Joe Girardi decided to use Eric Chavez as DH against Red Sox ace Josh Beckett. Chavez was activated off the disabled list in late July and appears on the verge of displacing Posada for good as the DH. 

"It's just a flesh wound," Posada said Sunday afternoon when asked by reporters about riding the bench. 

Part of the reason for the benching lies in the stats, as Posada is just 1-for-13 in his last 13 at-bats against the right-hander since homering off of him last year. Posada made headlines earlier in the year when he reportedly told the Yankees he had no interest in starting a game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium before his wife tweeted that his back was acting up and that "Jorge...

08/07/2011 - 6:33pm
Lowrie will officially return Monday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed once and for all that shortstop Jed Lowrie will return to the Boston roster on Monday when the team travels to Minnesota for a three-game set. 

"He’s fine," Francona said. "He swung the bat real well last night. He’s coming back tonight, kind of a work day. He’ll go with us to Minnesota and obviously we’ll have a corresponding move maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow."

Lowrie has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a shoulder injury that involved a bruised nerve. During a recent five-game rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, Lowrie went 7-for-17 with four doubles and five RBI as both a shortstop and designated hitter. He was batting .270 with a .723 OPS in the majors before the DL stint. Francona said he won't rush the shortstop back into playing time and that...

08/07/2011 - 4:20pm
Lineup: Varitek catching Beckett vs. Yanks

With Josh Beckett pitching the Sunday night series finale against the Yankees, catcher Jason Varitek will serve as his batterymate. Meanwhile, after sitting against left-hander CC Sabathia on Saturday, Josh Reddick is back in the lineup against right-hander Freddy Garcia on Sunday night.

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Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Crawford, LF
Reddick, RF
Varitek, C
Scutaro, SS

Beckett, SP

08/07/2011 - 11:43am
Millwood granted his release by Red Sox

The Red Sox have granted starting pitcher Kevin Millwood his release.

The 36-year-old had appeared in 13 games with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, going 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA. In 73 2/3 innings, Millwood struck out 66 and walked 25, with the PawSox going 11-2 in his starts. He last pitched Friday night, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings against Buffalo.

After not using the June 20 opt-out agreement in his deal with the Sox, Millwood had been operating under an understanding that the player and team would continue to revisit the righty's opportunities throughout the season.

Millwood, who opted out of his contract with the Yankees organization earlier in the season, signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on May 19, joining the PawSox June 1.

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08/07/2011 - 10:43am
Report: Pats sign former Jets DE Ellis
By: DJ Bean

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with former Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis. Schefter reports that the deal is pending Ellis passing his physical.

Ellis, 34, has played his entire NFL career with the Jets since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He was the longest-tenured player on the Jets prior to leaving as a free agent. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, having represented the AFC in the 2003 and 2009 seasons.  

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