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07/07/2012 - 11:27am
Lineup: Ciriaco starts at second for Red Sox

The Red Sox will look to bring the four-game series with the Yankees even in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, matching up Franklin Morales with Freddy Garcia. Garcia, who is 2-2 on the season with a 5.94 ERA, has a 3-1 career record at Fenway Park despite his 5.05 ERA at the ballpark. Mike Aviles is 9-for-16 in his career against Garcia with a home run and two RBIs.

Mauro Gomez is playing third base and batting fifth for the Red Sox in game one with Will Middlebrooks still out with a hamstring injury. Gomez was 2-for-5 with an RBI last night in his fourth career major league game. The RBI was the first of his career. Pedro Ciriaco gets his first start with the Red Sox, filling in for the injured Dustin Pedroia at second.

The following is the Red Sox lineup:

Nava LF

Ciriaco 2B

Ortiz DH

Gonzalez 1B

Gomez 3B

Kalish CF

Aviles SS

Shoppach C

Lillibridge RF

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07/07/2012 - 12:34am
Teixeira on Padilla: 'He throws at people'

Mark Teixeira connected for what proved to be the game-winning two-run triple in a four-run seventh Friday night in New York's 10-8 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Afterward, he took an even bigger swing at the man who threw the pitch, Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla, a hurler who has a reputation throughout baseball of throwing at batters.

"Game-winning hits always feel good. But that one definitely felt real good," Teixeira said. "I was making some jokes. I have to kind of get in line. He doesn't have a lot of friends in the game but it was just a big win against an archrival. First game of a long series and we know it's going to be a very tough series so it's good to get this first one.

"He's not going to want to mess around with this at-bat. Almost every at-bat he tries to throw at your head or tries to throw behind you or something screwy. But with first and second and the game on the line, he's not going to do it...

07/06/2012 - 11:10pm
Battered: Beckett, bullpen fall to Yanks

Alex Rodriguez had three hits while Mark Teixeira drove in four, including the go-ahead two-run triple in a four-run seventh as the Yankees handed the Red Sox their fourth straight loss, 10-8, in a slugfest Friday night at Fenway. After moving a season-high five games over .500, the Red Sox are now just one game over break-even at 42-41. 

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was brutal in the first inning, allowing the first five batters to reach, as the Yankees took a 3-0 lead. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wasted little time getting reinforcements ready, despite a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. He had Justin Germano warming in the bullpen before Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez added sacrifice flies to tack on two more runs. The Yankees had a 5-0 lead before Kuroda had thrown a single pitch. Beckett needed 33 pitches to get though the first inning, allowing four hits while hitting a batter. He was booed as he made his way back into the dugout. ...

07/06/2012 - 10:05pm
Allen takes his talents to South Beach

Ray Allen has finally made a decision, and it's not the one the Celtics had hoped for. After spending the night in Miami, Allen has decided to agree to take the Heat's offer of the taxpayer mid-level, which starts at $3.09 million. Heat managing general partner Micky Arison announced the agreement via twitter: "Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!!"

The Celtics had offered a two-year deal for $12 million.

Despite the fact that Allen lost his starting job late in the season to Avery Bradley and the team's agreement to terms with scoring guard Jason Terry, members of the Celtics front office insisted that there was a place for Allen. Ultimately, the 16-year pro didn't see it that way.

Allen has always been the most likely of the Big Three to go. He was almost traded in 2010 and again last season. He decided to re-sign in 2010 and exercise his option last season,...

07/06/2012 - 6:22pm
Bobby V: I'll 'keep [Ortiz] distracted'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine isn't worried that the latest comments from David Ortiz indicates he's not focused on his job. Ortiz told USA Today in an interview on Wednesday that he was "humiliated" by the Red Sox negotiating process last offseason that resulted in a one-year, $14.5 million deal for 2012. Valentine told reporters late Friday afternoon that if Ortiz continues to produce the way he's produced so far, he will continue to stand behind the slugger. 

"Well, it seemed like the comments he made yesterday might have been a distraction off the fact that we only scored 14 runs in seven games on the road trip, so those kind of distractions aren't so bad," Valentine said of Ortiz. "And I guess if he was distracted in the first half of the season then maybe I'll try to do something to keep him distracted."

Ortiz leads the teams in homers (22) and RBIs (55) at the season's midway point. Ortiz is also batting...

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