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08/09/2011 - 4:08pm
Lineup: Lowrie at short, McDonald in right

Twins southpaw Francisco Liriano has held opposing left-handed hitters to a .228 average and .647 OPS, compared to marks of .252 and .731. As such, the Red Sox will feature a couple of notable right-handed hitters in Tuesday's lineup against Liriano.

Darnell McDonald will be in right field in place of Josh Reddick, while Jed Lowrie will start at shortstop for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-June. Lowrie is hitting .380 with a 1.012 OPS against lefties this year.

Erik Bedard will make his second start since the Red Sox acquired him at the trade deadline. The left-hander will be paired with catcher Jason Varitek.

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08/09/2011 - 2:18pm
Belichick: Haynesworth, Ellis 'day-to-day'

FOXBORO -- In a sign that both Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis are likely to miss the preseason opener Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said it's likely that if a player hasn't participated in practice, they won't be game-ready for the Jaguars. 

Belichick sounded optimistic that Haynesworth, who has battled lingering soreness in his knee, could be back on the practice field within the week. 

"I'd put him in the day-to-day category," Belichick said. "He's getting some treatment and I think he'll be back out there as soon as he can. He's working really hard and hopefully, he'll back out there in a matter of hopefully a day or a matter of days." 

Ellis, meanwhile, has overcome hip injuries and spent his first day of practice on Monday watching from the sidelines in shorts and a t-shirt. 

"I think the players that have practiced at the positions they...

08/09/2011 - 12:41pm
Clayton: Haynesworth can be 'unblockable'

ESPN football insider John Clayton talked with the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday afternoon and discussed one of the newest Patriots acquisitions, defensive end Shaun Ellis, who Clayton expects is the final signal that New England is in line for a scheme change.

"I think they figured out that Sean is going to be a valuable part of what looks to be a 4-3 defense," Clayton said. "Maybe the 3-4 days are going to be at least temporarily held back. I'm sure they can switch into a 3-4, but you can see now to try to get the pressure that they haven't been able to get from the linebacker position, they're going to get as many good, big bodies as they can up front to at least win the battle at the line of scrimmage."

That being said, Ellis turned down a one-year deal to stay with the Jets. Instead, the Patriots nabbed him and Clayton thought that deal was due to the limited dollars the Jets were offering the defensive end.


08/09/2011 - 8:29am
Verducci: Pedroia serious MVP candidate

Tom Verducci from Sports Illustrated and the Major League Baseball Network joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about his cover story on Dustin Pedroia in this week's SI. Pedroia -- who had two hits and two runs in Monday's win over the Twins -- is perhaps having the best season of his career, batting .311 with an on-base percentage of .411 and OPS of .880.

"I thought he was the best player in the league, player of the month in July," said Verducci. "He's such an important part of the team with the best record in the American League. Not just a great player, but his influence, I'm not sure there's anyone quite like him in baseball. I get the sense that Terry Francona relies on Dustin so much, I don't know that another manager out there has another player as important in the overall scheme of things. … I think he's as indispensable as any player in baseball. This is everything you want in a baseball player, even if you...

08/09/2011 - 7:49am
Mashup: Real Madrid signs 7-year-old

Monday's big story in the sports world was Real Madrid's signing of Argentinian 7-year-old soccer prodigy Leonel Angel Coira, aka Leo. The boy will not be paid but will start training with the Spanish club's youth team in Madrid next month (the family moved to Spain three years ago). "[My] dream is to meet [Lionel] Messi, play in the first division with Madrid and for Argentina in the World Cup," Coira told the Spanish newspaper ABC.

While the signing of such a young child made headlines around the world, a Real Madrid spokesman insisted the team has signed younger players in the past. "They only have to be a standout," Juan Tapiador said. "We look for something different, that quality or talent that makes them stand out from the rest."

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