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08/05/2012 - 1:22am
Punto: 'We're very mediocre'

Red Sox infielder Nick Punto minced no words to describe his team's 6-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday, a contest in which the Sox held a 2-1 lead after seven innings and a 4-2 advantage after eight.

"They're all devastating now. You get this late in the season and you look in the standings and we're not really sitting in a great position in the wild card. There are a lot of teams. We really can't afford to lose games like that," said Punto. "There's too much talent in this room for us not to be playing a little better."

Punto was a member of a 2011 Cardinals team that went on a huge season-ending surge to not only reach the playoffs but to role through them en route to a World Series title. After 108 games, St. Louis was 5 1/2 games out of a playoff spot -- a very similar position to the one in which the Red Sox (5 games out of the second wild card spot, and 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for the top spot) currently find...

08/05/2012 - 12:32am
Ortiz won't 'put my career in jeopardy'

David Ortiz continues to work his way back from a right Achilles injury that has forced him to miss the last two weeks. On Saturday night, he said he's making progress but won't rush back and risk a serious injury that could end his career. 

"I'm planning to keep on playing baseball and I don't want to do anything stupid and put my career in jeopardy," said Ortiz, who was eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. "I have to do what they tell me to do. It's hard. It's real hard but it's better to be smart than being stupid. I want to be out there, regardless, but it doesn't depend on me. It depends on how fast my injury heals up and I can go back on the field without running any risk. It's a serious injury and you have to go day-by-day with it."

Ortiz would not commit to returning before the 10-game homestand ends on Wednesday against the Rangers. 

"Everything is going pretty much the way they...

08/05/2012 - 12:10am
Aceves: 'Ask the umpire' about missed strike

After giving up the go-ahead three-run homer to Joe Mauer in top of the ninth in a gut-wrenching 6-4 loss to the Twins at Fenway, Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves unleashed some frustration toward home plate umpire David Rackley for not calling a third strike that would've ended the game. Instead, after the 2-2 pitch at the knees was called just outside, setting up a 3-2 fastball down the middle that Mauer didn't miss, driving it over the Monster in left. 

"I have nothing to say to that," Aceves said when asked how tough a loss the 6-4 setback was. "I felt good. I felt good. Why don't you ask the umpire how much he missed the pitch before, ask him.

"It's part of the game, mistakes. I think [missed strike call] was a mistake. I made a mistake on the next pitch and it cost us the game."

Aceves said afterward that teammates Cody Ross and Carl Crawford came up to him in the dugout after the home run after gave him...

08/04/2012 - 10:34pm
Crushing blow: Mauer sinks Sox with HR

Just one strike from defeat, Joe Mauer drilled a 3-2 pitch from Alfredo Aceves over the Monster for a three-run homer to lift the Twins to a stunning 6-4 win over the Red Sox, continuing their nightmarish swoon on their 10-game homestand and sending Boston to its fourth straight loss. The Red Sox are now 53-55 on the season. 

Pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco crushed a fastball over the Green Monster in the bottom of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie and the Red Sox had a two run lead entering the ninth.  Mike Aviles connected for his career-best 11th home run and Clay Buchholz allowed just one unearned run over seven solid innings but received a no-decision after the bullpen blew the lead in the top of the eighth. 

The Red Sox were without Jacoby Ellsbury (groin) and Will Middlebrooks (rest) to start the game. Their replacements had a big impact in the game. Ellsbury would enter the game as a defensive replacement for Ryan Kalish in the ninth...

08/04/2012 - 6:44pm
Pats announce retirement of OL Gallery

In a bit of a surprise, the Patriots announced late Saturday afternoon that veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery had filed his retirement papers with the NFL. The team also announced that fullback Tony Fiammetta had been placed on the exempt/left squad list. Taking their roster spots are defensive back Derrick Martin and fullback Kareem Huggins. Martin and Huggins are expected to be at practice on Sunday when the Patriots return to training camp workouts after a day off on Saturday.

Gallery was signed by New England as a free agent on March 21. The 31-year-old veteran had been seeing only sporadic playing time with the first unit offensive line in the first week of camp, even as the team looks for replacements for Matt Light and Logan Mankins to start the season. Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters has also been a no-show to start training camp and could be waiting until later in the preseason to report to the team. 

He is a veteran of eight...

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