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07/16/2012 - 9:53pm
Ortiz hurts leg on Gonzalez HR

In a bizarre twist to a dramatic moment at Fenway Park Monday night, David Ortiz hurt his leg rounding second base as Adrian Gonzalez's go-ahead homer was sailing over the Green Monster in the bottom of the eighth. 

Gonzalez launched a three-run homer over the Green Monster in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Red Sox over Kevin Youkilis and the White Sox, 5-1, Monday night at Fenway Park. The win might have been costly as David Ortiz, who was rounding second base as the ball was clearing the wall, appeared to tweak his leg. He hobbled home just behind Carl Crawford, who worked a leadoff walk to start the rally. 

Ortiz, who broke Ted Williams' 1950 record of nine consecutive games with at least one hit and one walk with a walk in the eighth, made his way immediately down the tunnel and to the Red Sox clubhouse. 

Earlier in the night, Ortiz singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. 

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07/16/2012 - 6:13pm
Sox tell James to 'refrain' from JoePa talk

The Red Sox issued a public statement Monday afternoon in response to the ESPN Radio interview given by James over the weekend in defense of Joe Paterno and the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed Penn State.

"Red Sox owner John Henry and Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington spoke to Bill James regarding him making public his personal opinions on Joe Paterno," the statement read. "In that call, Mr. James was informed that his comments in no way reflect the opinions or positions of the Red Sox. Because Mr. James is perceived as representative of Red Sox, he was asked to refrain from further public comments on this matter."

Over the weekend, James said he read the Freeh report, the 267-page document that concluded that Paterno, Penn State President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a...

07/16/2012 - 5:53pm
Sullinger, Joseph lead C's past Hawks

LAS VEGAS -- It doesn't matter where the Celtics' summer league team plays, they keep racking up impressive wins. After winning four of five games in Orlando, the C's touched down on the strip and took the Hawks apart, 87-69.

Jared Sullinger scored 14 points to go with seven rebounds, but it was an all-around team effort as five different players scored in double figures. Fellow rookie Kris Joseph also scored 14 and Dionte Christmas added 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. Jonathan Gibson also had 11 off the bench and Jamar Smith added 10 points.

Fab Melo had his best stretch of summer league with seven points and four rebounds in the first half and E'Twaun Moore was once again steady with nine points and two assists. The one negative was the play of JaJuan Johnson, who missed two shots in 17 nondescript minutes. He finally broke free for a dunk late in the fourth quarter, but Johnson's summer has not produced the breakthrough he and the...

07/16/2012 - 5:43pm
Youk: 'There's no Bobby V vs. Kevin Youkilis'

Before Monday's four-game series opener against his former team, Kevin Youkilis spent nearly 17 minutes answering questions about his return to Boston after being traded to the White Sox on June 24. He took the high road when asked about his strained relationship with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, refusing to acknowledge publicly any tension between the two. 

"I don't understand why [there's speculation of] a big rift," said Youkilis. "I'm just here to play baseball, and things will happen and that's all it is, just going out and playing the ballgame. There's no Bobby V. vs. Kevin Youkilis or vice versa, it's about Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox and just playing baseball."

But Youkilis also acknowledged that he is more relaxed playing in Chicago, where the White Sox are leading the AL Central with a 49-39 mark.

"We have like four beat writers that follow us and one time they didn't ask me a...

07/16/2012 - 5:38pm
Valentine: Pedroia 'truly feels great'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia appears to be in line to come off the disabled list on Thursday, the first day when he is eligible to do so. Of perhaps greater note than the fact that Pedroia is ready to return, however, is the fact that he might be a different performer than the one who went on the DL on July 6 (retroactive to July 4).

Pedroia was off to an outstanding start this year, hitting .321/.385/.529/.913 with five homers and 18 extra-base hits through the first 33 games of the year. However, from that point forward, he struggled with the torn adductor muscle in his thumb, and even though it healed completely, he hit just .218/.276/.291/.567 before landing on the disabled list with a second and unrelated thumb injury.

Now, however, it appears that the second baseman may be ready to return to the form that has characterized much of his career as one of the top second basemen in the game, at...

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