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08/19/2012 - 5:26pm
Lineup: Lavarnway catching, Salty at DH
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox will send Josh Beckett to the mound as they look to take the final game of a three-game series against the Yankees in New York. For the second straight game, Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate for the Sox. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the team's deginated hitter. 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Carl Crawford, LF

3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

5. Ryan Lavarnway, C

6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH

7. Scott Podsednik, RF

8. Pedro Ciriaco, SS

9. Nick Punto, 3B

SP -- Josh Beckett

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08/19/2012 - 5:01pm
Report: Vollmer, Fells to be activated soon

Both right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and tight end Daniel Fells are close to coming off the physically unable to perform list, according to a report from Comcast Sports Net. Vollmer has dealt with injury issues for much of the last year, including a back problem, while Fells reportedly re-aggravated a knee injury he suffered last season while with Denver. Both were sidelined throughout the spring and summer practice sessions.

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08/19/2012 - 4:12pm
Nava draws two walks in rehab game

Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, on the disabled list since August 1 (retroactive to July 29) due to a left wrist sprain, went 0-for-1 with two walks while reaching on an error in a rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket. Nava served as DH.

In 65 games in the big leagues this year, Nava hit .251/.373/.397/.770 while spending the better part of two months as an everyday left fielder for the Sox. However, after a scorching start, his production declined while he worked to manage his wrist injury (one that he incurred in mid-June). Over his last 25 games, he hit .132/.258/.237/.495.

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08/19/2012 - 11:11am
Report: Shoppach wrote text to owners

According to a report in the New York Daily News, Kelly Shoppach was the author of a text message sent to Sox owners from the phone of Adrian Gonzalez in July. A Yahoo! report from Jeff Passan suggested that Adrian Gonzalez sent the text message to owners, a message that was critical of Bobby Valentine for leaving Jon Lester in a game to allow 11 runs to the Blue Jays on July 22. A meeting between players and ownership in New York took place just days after the message was sent, a meeting that did not include Valentine.

Multiple sources told the Daily News that Gonzalez was not involved with crafting the language in the text message. “The text message was not his idea or his opinion . . . or his words,” one source said. Multiple players complained about Valentine -- including Shoppach...

08/18/2012 - 7:20pm
Lester leads Sox past Yankees

NEW YORK -- Jon Lester has a gruesome record and ERA, but on the road, he's remained an ace.

That continued on Saturday, as for the sixth time in 11 road starts, Lester held his opponents to one or no runs. He fired seven innings and permitted just one run on five hits, with the Yankees going 0-for-9 against him with runners in scoring position, as the Red Sox claimed a 4-1 victory in New York. Though Lester struggled out of the gate, giving up a leadoff walk to Derek Jeter and a single to Nick Swisher out of the chute, he settled by punching out a pair of Yankees to wiggle out of the threat. From there, his combination of a low- to mid-90s fastball, a nasty curve with late downward bite against right-handers and a sharp curve kept the Yankees lineup unbalanced. On the year, Lester is now 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA on the road.

The left-hander got all the run support he needed in the first inning, when Adrian Gonzalez launched a two-run homer (his 14th of...

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