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08/15/2012 - 10:35pm
Henry: Players didn't ask for Bobby V's firing

Red Sox owner John Henry, responding to requests for his take on the team's latest controversy regarding players' unhappiness with manager Bobby Valentine, e-mailed the team's beat writers Wednesday afternoon and insisted that at the recent conference between ownership and players, "No one in that meeting at any time took the position that Bobby should be or needed to be replaced."

Henry insisted that similar meetings have been called in the past, and he promised that "ownership, players and all staff especially Bobby Valentine are determined to turn around what has thus far been an unacceptable, failed season. We are all on the same page in that regard and will not waver."

Following is Henry's entire statement.

Here is all I'm going say about this.

First of all for more than a decade we have had a code among players, staff and ownership that our meetings are private and do not leave...

08/15/2012 - 10:02pm
Red Sox collapse again against Orioles

BALTIMORE -- The dropped to four games under .500 for the first time since May 13, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Orioles Wednesday night at Camden Yards.

As was the case in the series opener, the Orioles did most of their damage in one inning, this time scoring all five of their runs in the sixth. Baltimore managed to bat around in the frame after having been no-hit by Red Sox' starter Aaron Cook for the first 5 1/3 innings.

Cook would finish his outing giving up five runs on three hits, walking three. By the time he finally allowed a hit -- coming via a J.J. Hardy single -- the righty had gotten 13 of his first 14 outs via ground balls.

A key play for Cook came with one out in the sixth, when he threw what could have been an inning-ending, 1-6-3 double play ball off the bat of Adam Jones into center field. The error allowed the O's to tie the game at 2-2, and led to Cook's exit a batter later after Matt Wieters' RBI double.

The Red...

08/15/2012 - 6:13pm
Mariners' Hernandez throws perfect game

Seattle's Felix Hernandez threw the first perfect game in Mariners' history with a 12-strikeout performance against the Rays, capped off by a strikeout of Tampa's Sean Rodriguez to end the 1-0 game. Hernandez was dominant late as he struck out the side in the sixth and seventh innings, and added three more in the eighth and ninth innings.

It was the 23rd perfect game in MLB history, with three happening this season. Ironically, it wasn't even the first one at Safeco Field this season. Chicago's Philip Humber was perfect against Seattle earlier this season. The Giants' Matt Cain also threw a perfect game this season.


08/15/2012 - 6:06pm
Gonzalez: Source on story was 'inaccurate'

BALTIMORE -- Adrian Gonazalez told that the characterization of him in a Yahoo! Sports story involving a meeting between players and management in July about manager Bobby Valentine wasn't accurate.  

"The source is inaccurate," Gonzalez said. "He says that I was animated and one of the most vocal guys in the meeting and that's false. If somebody's going to try to be an unnamed source, they better be right with what they say, because this is putting our integrity and everyone about us out there and that's just unfair." 

He continued, "Just like every story around here there's parts that are true and parts that are false. I think that's wrong for the fans to get half of a story, half of a truth. Our focus has been to go out and play ball and just worry about baseball. Things come up like this that we have to respond to, but or focus is just to play ball."

Gonzalez said it was owner John Henry...

08/15/2012 - 5:30pm
Gronk, Hernandez, Lloyd all return

FOXBORO -- For the first time since playing in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Saints, Rob Gronkowski was back in uniform for Wednesday's full pads practice on the upper fields outside Gillette Stadium. Gronkowski fully participated in all parts of practice after spending the previous three days in just sweat pants and a t-shirt. 

Also returning Wednesday were tight end Aaron Hernandez and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. Hernandez was in only shorts on Monday and wasn't seen Tuesday while Hernandez and Lloyd were sweats on Tuesday. 

The Patriots are not required to release injury reports during training camp or the preseason, a fact that coach Bill Belichick alluded to during his Wednesday press conference. 

All three players appeared to be running at full speed with no apparent injuries visible. 

Meanwhile, starting left guard Logan Mankins was in full pads for the first time Wednesday and saw more...

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