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07/20/2012 - 10:12pm
Back to Earth: Beckett tagged, Sox lose

After arguably the most emotional win of the season, the Red Sox fell flat Friday night as Colby Rasmus doubled and tripled in support of Aaron Laffey as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 6-1, at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett was rocked for five runs and seven hits over six innings as the Red Sox fell to 3-2 on their seven-game homestand. 

In a familar theme, Beckett (5-8) was again roughed up in the first inning, getting knocked around by the Blue Jays for two runs and three hits. The key play came when Will Middlebrooks fielded a ground ball off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion and fired home, attempting to throw out Rasmus, who had tripled with one out. Rasmus slid and attempted to swipe the plate with his left hand.

Replays on TV appeared to indicated Kelly Shoppach had the plate blocked. But home plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled him safe. Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia followed with singles that produced another run that put Beckett and the Red Sox...

07/20/2012 - 9:31pm
Francona takes blame on Crawford

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in response to Carl Crawford's assertion that his confidence was shot after he was moved down from third to seventh in the batting order after two games of the 2011 season, told ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo that he was surprised to hear the outfielder's claim. At the same time, Francona suggested that if Crawford didn't understand the rationale behind his spot in the lineup, then it reflected on the job that he did.

"I think our revisionist history is probably a little bit different," Francona told Russillo. "As a manager you walk a fine line when you're moving guys in the lineup because you don't want to hurt confidence. At the same time you have to try to look at the smaller picture and the big picture. If you think back, we had (Jacoby) Ellsbury, (Dustin) Pedroia, (...

07/20/2012 - 4:20pm
Celtics finalize sign-and-trade for Lee

After almost 24 hours of ironing out the details, the Celtics have finalized the sign-and-trade deal for Courtney Lee, according to multiple reports.

The C's sent JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and the Bobcats' 2013 second-round pick (via the Thunder as part of the recent Jeff Green trade settlement) to the Rockets in addition to shipping Sasha Pavlovic and another second-round pick to the Blazers in exchange for Lee, according to NBA.com.

Lee has already signed a four-year, $21.5 million deal with the Celtics, according to Yahoo! Sports. He averaged 11.4 points (43.3 FG%, 40.1 3P%, 82.6 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 30.3 minutes per game last season.

The Rockets are expected to let Moore and Williams walk this week on non-guaranteed deals, but...

07/20/2012 - 4:09pm
Olney: Red Sox 'early favorite' to land Garza

Cubs right-hander Matt Garza has been mentioned as trade bait for a while, and the Red Sox reportedly are interested as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. ESPN baseball reporter Buster Olney, during a Friday appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning, offered his take.

"The Red Sox are viewed as an early favorite in that conversation," Olney said. "Boy, their rotation would look pretty good with him in it."

Garza is 5-7 with a 4.02 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 17 games this season, his second in Chicago. In seven MLB seasons with the Twins, Rays and Cubs, he's 57-61 with a 3.85 ERA and 862 strikeouts

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07/20/2012 - 3:22pm
Lineup: Salty sits for third straight day

With the Red Sox facing a third left-handed starter in as many days (Blue Jays southpaw Aaron Laffey), catcher Kelly Shoppach is in the lineup for the third straight day. Accordingly, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will sit for a third straight contest for the first time this season. Shoppach will be behind the dish for Josh Beckett, who picked up a win by permitting three runs over six innings against the Rays on Sunday.

The lineup remains unchanged from a day ago, when the Red Sox claimed a 3-1 walkoff win over the White Sox. Pedro Ciriaco will once again serve as the designated hitter and bat in the ninth spot in the order.

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