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08/26/2012 - 11:47am
Lineup: Loney to make Red Sox debut

First baseman James Loney, who was traded in Saturday’s blockbuster deal from the Dodgers, will make his debut and bat fifth for Boston on Sunday as the Red Sox host the Royals in the series finale at Fenway Park.

Felix Doubront will also return to the mound after spending time on the 15-day disabled list for a right knee contusion. He’ll try to help the Red Sox win their first series since July 30-Aug. 1 against the Tigers.

Here’s the rest of the lineup: 

Ciriaco 3B

Ellsbury CF

Pedroia 2B

Ross RF

Loney 1B

Lavarnway C

Gomez DH

Aviles SS

Podsednik LF

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08/26/2012 - 1:32am
'Real sore' Ortiz meets with team officials

According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, David Ortiz "was just real sore" on Saturday, one day after his return from a DL stint of more than five weeks due to an injured right Achilles. He did not take batting practice and, according to Valentine, "wasn't available" in the Sox' 10-9, 12-inning loss to the Royals. After the contest, Ortiz met with Valentine and GM Ben Cherington, presumably to discuss the appropriate course of action to allow him to heal.

Prior to the contest, Valentine had said that the Sox were planning on having Ortiz play every other day while also keeping him available as a pinch-hitter, though noting, "If it's going to jeopardize his health, [pinch-hitting] would not be done."

Ortiz, 36, is hitting .318 with a .415 OBP, .611 slugging mark (tops in the AL) and 1.026 OPS (also tops in the AL) along with 23 homers in 90 games. Friday marked his first game since suffering his Achilles...

08/26/2012 - 12:35am
Suspended Aceves tore off jersey

According to three sources inside Fenway Park, Alfredo Aceves tore off his jersey while making his way from the bullpen back to the clubhouse in the moments after Boston's 4-3 win over the Royals Friday night. The game was saved by Andrew Bailey one night after Aceves allowed six hits and five runs and blew his third save in five chances.

After Aceves dressed in the clubhouse, he stormed into the office of manager Bobby Valentine and slammed the door behind him. 

According to one source, he requested a meeting with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and was denied at a time when Cherington was working to finalize the blockbuster trade sending Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. On Saturday, Aceves was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team" and was unavailable on a night the Red Sox were forced to use all seven relievers in the bullpen and lost, 10-9, to the Royals at Fenway Park....

08/25/2012 - 11:43pm
Suspended disbelief: Sox lose in 12

Tony Abreu lined an 0-2 fastball from Junichi Tazawa to left to score the go-ahead run with two outs in the 12th as the Royals overcame a six-run hole and beat the Red Sox, 10-9, at Fenway Park in the first game after the team's blockbuster trade. Tazawa yielded the run on his 37th pitch on a night when the Red Sox used seven pitchers in relief of Aaron Cook, who was starting on short rest because Josh Beckett had been traded to the Dodgers. Adding to the Red Sox problems, reliever Alfredo Aceves was unavailable because suspended three games by the team for conduct 'detrimental' to the team. 

The Red Sox lost a four-hour, 31-minute marathon in which they collected 20 hits for the first time since 1981. They also extended two other dubious streaks. They are now 0-26 this season in which the opponent scores at least seven runs and they have lost all six extra-inning games at home this year. 

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08/25/2012 - 9:12pm
Red Sox suspend Aceves three games

Fiery Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves was suspended three games by Red Sox management Saturday for "conduct detrimental to the team" after storming out of manager Bobby Valentine's office after Friday night's 4-3 win over the Royals. The suspension began with Saturday night's game against the Royals.

Andrew Bailey got the four-out save in Friday night's game when Jon Lester came out in the eighth inning with a leg issue. Bailey entered after Andrew Miller and Vicente Padilla relieved Lester. Aceves spoke to Valentine after the game and slammed the door after the meeting was over. 

Aceves leads the Red Sox with 25 saves in 32 chances this season. He threw 37 pitches in Thursday night's 14-13 loss to the Angels in 10 innings. He allowed a career high six hits in relief and five runs in his one inning of work and didn't retire a batter in the top of the 10th. He has blown three of his last six chances. 

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