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08/22/2010 - 7:58pm
Lowell still anticipates retiring

After the Red Sox' 5-0 win on Sunday, Mike Lowell was asked about whether anything had changed about his expectation that the 2010 season will be his last (a prospect that he first suggested in April). Lowell suggested that he still anticipated this season as his final one.

 

"I'm pretty much set in knowing what I’m going to do after this year," said Lowell. "It will be fun. It will be fun enjoying my kids."

 

Lowell went 1-for-3 on Sunday, and is now hitting .229 with a .685 OPS on the season. He has become an everyday contributor since the season-ending injury to Kevin Youkilis, hitting .250 with two homers, seven runs batted in and a .720 OPS in August.

 

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08/22/2010 - 7:03pm
Singing in the rain: Sox take rubber game

Clay Buchholz continued his second-half surge toward American League Cy Young consideration with six shutout innings and Bill Hall launched another tape measure homer over the Green Monster as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 5-0, Sunday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were unable to gain ground in the playoff chase, as both the Yankees and Rays won their games. 

 

After Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum retired the first 12 Red Sox on the days, David Ortiz broke through with a leadoff triple in the fifth. He scored on a double by Adrian Beltre. Three batters later, Hall crushed a fastball from Marcum over the Monster and onto Lansdowne Street for his 17th of the season. 

 

The game was delayed twice by rain, once at the start by an hour, 44 minutes and again, with two outs in the top of the third. Buchholz came out after the delay and showed little effect from the disruption, finishing his day with six shutout innings,...

08/22/2010 - 1:17pm
Westmoreland to join Lowell, Greenville

Red Sox outfielder Ryan Westmoreland is set to continue his rehab with the Lowell Spinners and Greenville Drive in the coming weeks, according to Sox farm director Mike Hazen. The 20-year-old, who underwent surgery to repair a cavernous malformation of the brain stem in March, has been able to increase his baseball activities as his rehab has progressed, to the point where he has been running, throwing and taking some swings. Now, he is set to undertake those activities with Lowell (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) and Greenville (Sept. 3-6) before the end of the minor-leagues season, while also returning to the familiar team setting, which will include watching games from the dugout.

 

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08/22/2010 - 12:00pm
Cubs announce Piniella to retire Sunday
By: DJ Bean

The Cubs have announced that manager Lou Piniella, originally set to retire at the end of the season, will do so following Sunday's game against the Braves. 

 

The 66-year-old Piniella has also managed the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, and what were then the Devil Rays. He was named manager of the year three times in his career, the most recent of which came in 2008, his second season with the Cubs. His career as a manager was perhaps highlighted by the Reds' 1990 World Series victory over the Oakland Athletics. 

 

As a player Piniella won two World Series with the Yankees. He played for the Orioles, Indians, and Royals before ending up in New York to end his career. He hit .291 with 102 homers and 766 runs batted in.  

 

Third base coach Mike Quade will take over as manager of the Cubs starting on Monday. The 53-year-old has been a minor league manager in four different organizations. Before...

08/22/2010 - 11:18am
Report: Whitfield could miss Bruins season
By: DJ Bean

Bruins center Trent Whitfield, who spent the majority of his last season playing for Providence, has a ruptured Achilles tendon and could miss the entire year, according to SomethingsBruin.net.

 

In 52 games for the Providence Bruins, Whitfield scored 17 goals and added 26 assists. He played 16 games for Boston and had one assist. The 33-year-old likely was not in Claude Julien's plans for the upcoming season but the injury is certainly a case of losing depth at an important position.

 

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