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07/28/2012 - 1:07am
Cherington: Beckett not Sox' problem

NEW YORK -- Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said before Friday's game, a 10-3 loss to the Yankees, that Josh Beckett remains a valued contributor in his team's rotation and that the team would do nothing to improve by getting rid of him.

"We’ve had a lot of good teams here with rotations made up of guys whose performances look a lot like Josh Beckett’s this year. His performance is not our problem. We’re not playing as well as we need to as a team," Cherington said. "We’re trying to improve our pitching. He’s been an effective starting pitcher in the American League East this year. However you want to look at it, that’s what he’s been. We’re not doing anything to help us if we take that off the table. We’re trying to improve things."

Cherington said that the team was not evaluating Beckett based on his 5-9 record or the team's 6-11 record in games when he starts. Instead, he...

07/27/2012 - 10:59pm
Pedroia: 'First 100 games been [expletive]'

NEW YORK -- After the Red Sox' 10-3 loss to the Yankees -- dropping Bobby Valentine's team to two games under .500 (49-51) for the first time since June 15 -- Dustin Pedroia had some pointed analysis regarding the Sox' situation.

"First 100 games have been [expletive]," Pedroia said. "I mean, at two games under .500, we're the Boston Red Sox. If everyone's thrilled about where we're at then we need to re-evaluate because I don't like losing. I know everyone else doesn't like losing. We go to play better, man."

When asked if the team felt a matter of urgency, having lost six of its last seven games while falling 11 1/2 games in back of the Yankees in the American League East, Pedroia offered a quick response, saying, "It should be high."

"I can't speak for everyone. I feel urgency. Talking to a lot of guys, we all do," he said. "We need to win. It's not — that's all we feel. Maybe that's...

07/27/2012 - 9:49pm
Yanks dig deeper hole for Sox with rout

 NEW YORK -- The Red Sox fell two games below .500 for the first time since June 15, dropping a 10-3 decision to the Yankees, Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees, who now have an 11 1/2-game lead in the American League East on the Sox, used three homers to power their way to the victory, highlighted by Curtis Granderson's eighth-inning grand slam against Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon. Also homering for the hosts were Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin.

The only Red Sox runs came courtesy solo home runs from Dustin Pedroia, Carl Crawford and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Taking the loss for the Sox was starter Aaron Cook, who allowed six runs on seven hits over four innings. He was victimized by poor defense in the first inning, when shortstop Mike Aviles was unable to turn a fairly routine, 4-6-3 double play, extending the inning and allowing for three first-inning runs by the Yankees.

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07/27/2012 - 8:56pm
Source: Sox keeping Ross despite interest

NEW YORK -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have drawn "significant" interest in outfielder Cody Ross, but the team has told interested parties that it has no intentions of dealing Ross at this time.

If made available, Ross would be a valued commodity leading into Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline both because of his production and affordability. The 31-year-old entered Friday night's game with the Yankees hitting .261 with 16 home runs and an .870 OPS. He is in the midst of one-year, $3 million contract.

Ross has expressed his desire to re-sign with the Red Sox earlier in the month, telling WEEI.com, ""Absolutely. Definitely," said the outfielder when asked if life as a Red Sox is better than he expected. "That being said, every place I've been I've felt like I was a good fit. But when you sit down and really map it out and everything just seems like it lines up for me. Great organization, check...

07/27/2012 - 6:22pm
Pregame notes: Ortiz starts hitting

NEW YORK -- After having his right Achilles tendon examined Friday, David Ortiz was cleared to start hitting. The Red Sox designated hitter is currently on the 15-day disabled list, having just gotten his protective boot off Tuesday.

When asked if he was optimistic he would return to the active roster when eligible to come off the DL, Ortiz said the recovery process still has some semblance of uncertainty.

"I don't know," he said when asked if a Aug. 1 return was in the cards. "Every day is different. Every day for me it has been improving. We'll see. If I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go. I want to play."

Ortiz, who was placed on the disabled list July 18 (retroactive to July 17), said the true test will be when he begins a running program. He also pointed out that because the injury is to his lead foot when hitting, there are some obstacles to overcome in the batter's box, as well.

"That's why I tell you guys...

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