After missing Friday's series opener due to sickness, left fielder Carl Crawford is back in the Red Sox lineup, hitting seventh, with right-hander Colby Lewis on the mound for the Rangers.
The following is the Sox' batting order, with Erik Bedard getting the start for the hosts:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie SS
Carl Crawford LF
Josh Reddick RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
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Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is amidst one of the best seasons of his career. His .311 average is the second best of his career, and his .985 OPS also ranks alongside the marks he posted between 2003-07, when he finished in the top five in MVP voting every year.
The slugger suggests that his huge year at age 35 is a dramatic rebuttal to those who thought that his peak years had passed.
“I’m not going to stay 20 my whole life. If you’re good at what you do, it doesn’t matter how old you get. You’re good,” said Ortiz. “Most of the people who say that, if they played baseball, their career was average, so they struggled.
“Dude, I’m a strong human being. I’m a beast. I’m strong as hell. I know how to stay strong. That’s why, at my age, you see me doing what I’m still doing. Somebody told me, ‘Guys, when they get to your age, there’s no way they can hit 30...
According to the Boston Herald, the Patriots will visit with former Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode. The 32-year-old was released by the Cowboys on Aug. 29, presumably due to the fact he was slated to make $5.5 million in 2011, and was coming off an offseason in which he underwent knee surgery. It has also been reported that Gurode worked out for the Lions.
The Patriots' offensive line is though to be a bit thin, with right guard Dan Connolly recovering from a right leg injury, and reserve Ryan Wendell missing most of training camp.
Gurode is also known for being the player current Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth stomped on in 2006. (See video below.)
Red Sox starter Andrew Miller was shelled for six runs and five hits in just 1 1/3 innings while opposing lefty Derek Holland held the Red Sox at bay with seven shutout innings as the Rangers cruised to a 10-0 win Friday night at Fenway. The loss, combined with a 3-2 Yankees win over Toronto, drops the Red Sox into second in the AL East, a half-game behind New York.
One day after losing a four-hour, 21-minute marathon to the Yankees, the Red Sox looked like a team with little energy. The Rangers, however, showed the power that has propeled them to the top of the AL West. Ian Kinsler, David Murphy and Elvis Andrus all homered for Texas, which has won five-of-eight between the two teams that led their respective divisions entering the game.
Miller gave up a three-run homer to Kinsler in a four-run Texas second inning as the Rangers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two innings. Relievers Michael Bowden and Matt Albers didn't fare much...
The Red Sox achieved another milestone in their record-setting sellout streak at Fenway Park, notching their 700th straight contest in which they sold the full allotment of tickets. The previous big league record for selltouts was 455, set by the Indians between 1995-2001. The Red Sox, who have sold out every game since May 15, 2003, broke that mark three years ago.
"Reaching 700 consecutive sell-outs is a lesson for us all to never underestimate what the passion of Red Sox Nation can achieve," said Sox principal owner John Henry.
"Red Sox Nation gives our players and coaches a distinct competitive advantage in home games by creating a sell-out atmosphere unmatched in any other ballpark, said CEO Larry Lucchino.
Sox players and coaches stepped out of the dugout to salute the crowd with a tip of the cap during the fifth inning.
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FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
Kirk needs his some baked ziti.
The top stories of the day.
We remember Tiger's Thanksgiving many years ago.
LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
Mikey, Mut and Villani are talking about the NFL's version of a run-on sentence, Ray Lewis. More specifically his comments regarding Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.