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09/02/2010 - 8:01am
Billick: No downside doing 'Hard Knocks'

Former Baltimore Ravens head coach, and current Fox Sports analyst, Brian Billick weighed in on the latest edition of HBO's 'Hard Knocks' featuring the New York Jets, saying, "I don't think there is a big downside for them." Billick's Ravens team was the first to participate in the network's show, which follows one NFL team each season through the preseason. (For a running diary of the latest episode of 'Hard Knocks' click here.)

 

Billick also touched on how what the Patriots' mind-set might be heading into their final preseason game, Thursday night against the Giants. The former coach noted that he isn't surprised by the insinuation by Pats' head coach Bill Belichick that he might play his starters, including Tom Brady, more than usual for a fourth preseason game. "He's sending a message,...

09/02/2010 - 12:15am
Varitek: 'I'm ready to go'

BALTIMORE — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, following an examination of his left foot by Dr. George Theodore on Wednesday, said that he expects that he will be cleared to play following a CT scan on Friday. Barring an unexpected development, Varitek — who has been out since a foul ball broke the appendage on June 30 — believes he will be green-lighted for rehab games this weekend, following a return to the Red Sox.

 

“Honestly, I don’t really have much of a doubt right now. I’m ready to go,” said Varitek. “I wouldn’t feel the way I feel and be able to do what I’ve been able to do if I wasn’t. … I’ve just got to pass the CT scan, and then they give me the go-ahead and let me go. I’m ready.”

 

Varitek had been enjoying a strong first half at the time of his injury. He was hitting .263 with a .324 OBP, .547 slugging mark and .871...

09/01/2010 - 10:45pm
Sox lineup erupts in win over O's

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox appeared well on their way to a fourth straight loss before a seventh-inning eruption continued Jon Lester's incredible winning streak against the Orioles.

 

The Sox, who had average 2.4 runs per game over their previous five contests, exploded for six runs in the seventh inning, resulting in a come-from-behind 9-6 win over Baltimore. The chief damage was done by the left side of the infield, as Marco Scutaro clubbed a two-run homer -- his first longball in over a month -- while Adrian Beltre smashed a three-run shot just over the left-field fence for his 24th round-tripper of the year.

 

The big inning improved Lester to 13-0 in his career against the Orioles, on a night when his winning streak seemed all but certain to end. He allowed five runs on six hits in the first two innings, prompting the Sox to warm up relievers in each of the first two frames. But he managed to regroup and stop any...

09/01/2010 - 4:15pm
Beckett: 'All that time I missed, that hurt us'

BALTIMORE -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' game with the Orioles at Camden Yards Wednesday night, Josh Beckett said that his absence absolutely contributed to where the Sox find themselves in the standings. "Absolutely," the pitcher said. "All that time I missed, that hurt us."

 

Beckett also explained why he didn't speak to the media following the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Baltimore Tuesday night, marking the first time in his Sox' career that he hasn't answered questions following a start. "I had stuff to do. Stuff to take care of," he said. "I couldn't put it into words."

 

Beckett said he felt like he made "progress" with his seven-inning outing Tuesday night, in which he allowed three runs (2 earned), and seven hits while striking out five and walking one. He did, however, say the situation with the team's playoff hopes and his up and down performances are "...

09/01/2010 - 3:29pm
Lineups: Scutaro remains at shortstop

BALTIMORE -- One day after he committed a game-changing throwing error that some teammates felt was influenced by the state of his injured rotator cuff, Marco Scutaro remains in the Red Sox lineup as the leadoff hitter and shortstop. Ryan Kalish, who had Tuesday off against left-hander Brian Matusz, will return to the lineup and bat ninth against Orioles starter Jake Arrieta.

 

Jon Lester, who is 12-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 15 career starts against the Orioles, will look to snap the Red Sox' three-game losing streak. For matchup information, click here. For complete team coverage, visit WEEI.com/redsox.

 

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Scutaro, 6

Drew, 9

Martinez, 2

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Lowrie, 4

Lowell, 3...

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