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05/29/2012 - 11:03pm
Papi power: Ortiz, Nava lead Sox over .500

David Ortiz homered and doubled twice and Daniel Nava delivered a key two-out bases-loaded double off Justin Verlander as the Red Sox beat the Tigers, 6-3, Tuesday night at Fenway Park to move above .500 for the first time this season. Including Opening Day, the Red Sox had five previous chances to break through and get above .500 before finally succeeding on their sixth try Tuesday. 

Daniel Bard held the Tigers to five hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings to pick up his second straight win despite allowing two solo home runs. Bard (5-5) walked two and fanned four while throwing 94 pitches. Bard now has a decision in all nine starts and his one relief outing this season. Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances. The Red Sox played their first game of the season without the injured Dustin Pedroia, who had an MRI on his injured right thumb before the game. 

As he did against Joe Blanton of the Phillies...

05/29/2012 - 7:53pm
Sox didn't offer Oswalt deal during season

According to a major league source, the Red Sox kept in touch with Roy Oswalt's representatives since the start of the season, but never made an offer to the free agent pitcher over that time span. The Sox had made an offer to the righty prior to the season.

It has been reported by multiple outlets Tuesday that Oswalt has agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers on a one-year deal that will pay the 34-year-old a guaranteed $5 million, along with the potential to earn another $1 million in incentives.

Oswalt went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA for the Phillies last season and owns a 159-93 record in 11 major-league seasons. The Red Sox were among several clubs rumored to be in the mix to sign Oswalt, who has pitched in the National League during his entire career. Oswalt reportedly worked out for the Sox last week, though it was believed by most that the Rangers and Cardinals were always the favorites to land the right-hander.

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05/29/2012 - 7:32pm
Iglesias dealing with lower back stiffness

According to a team source, Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias is battling lower back stiffness, causing the shortstop to miss his fifth straight game for Triple-A Pawtucket, Tuesday night. It was thought that Iglesias might be a logical call-up for the Sox if Dustin Pedroia's thumb injury was to force the second baseman on the 15-day disabled list.

Iglesias, who is hitting .269 for the PawSox, had totaled four hits in his last 22 at-bats. He is, however, hitting .341 with a 790 OPS in May, after finishing April hitting just .200.

It is not expected that the ailment will keep Iglesias out an extended period of time.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


05/29/2012 - 6:40pm
Crawford 'about 10 days' from throwing

Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, who remains sidelined by an elbow strain he suffered in extended spring training, said that he has begun taking soft toss in his progression back from his injury, but until he begins throwing, his status will remain uncertain.

"The strength was pretty good, I'm building that up, feeling pretty good turning the bat loose, but you got to remember, swinging was never the problem. I don't really feel like [I'll] have any setbacks doing that," said Crawford. "[Throwing is] going to be the true test, I can do all the stuff, but the true test is whenever I start back throwing and I finally get to see how that feels and that's when I really know where I'm at. ... I think I'm about 10 days away, somewhere around there, two weeks, 10 days away from throwing. I don't know the exact day."

Manager Bobby Valentine said that the Red Sox will have Crawford simulate the mechanics of throwing that do not...

05/29/2012 - 5:55pm
Doc: 'Have to give Ray a fighting chance'

MIAMI -- Amid a report on ESPN that coach Doc Rivers has considered shutting Ray Allen down, Rivers said on Tuesday that he wasn't ready to do that yet.

"Not yet. We’re good. Ray is Ray. We’re just going to keep rolling him on out there and see what we can get," Rivers said. "If we feel like he can’t give it to us then we’ll go with someone else. Right now you have to give Ray a fighting chance. Every time."

Allen made only one of seven shots in Game 1 and missed four of his seven free throws. Over his last seven games, he's shooting only 30 percent from the floor and is just 6-for-25 from 3-point range.

"I always believe Ray will figure it out," Rivers said. "You clearly never saw me shoot the basketball. What the hell can I tell Ray? I don’t think I’ve ever said a word to Ray in my life about shooting. We do have to try to get him open more to give him time. The one...

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