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06/25/2012 - 9:37am
Cherington: Youkilis trade 'best for everyone'

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Monday morning, a day after the Sox traded Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox in exchange for Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge. Cherington said that the Sox were not looking to deal the veteran infielder -- the subject of countless recent trade rumors -- until late last week.

"We got to a point several days ago where we decided this might be the best thing, if there is a trade we could find, it would be the best thing for everyone," Cherington said. "We have so much respect for Kevin, he has played his heart out every game he has been in a Red Sox uniform. So we wanted to see him find an opportunity, and just the reality was that Will Middlebrooks deserves to play and Bobby [Valentine]'s got to put Will in the lineup. It made for a tough situation and we tried to make the best of it for some time, moving Adrian [Gonzalez] to right field and...

06/25/2012 - 6:40am
Mashup: Sprinters' tie confuses U.S. officials

At Saturday night's U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., there was an unprecedented tie for third place in the women's 100 meters between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix. Tarmoh initially was declared the third-place finisher by a thousandth of a second, but later it was determined that there was a tie.

It took officials almost 24 hours to figure out what to do, as the third-place finisher earns a spot on Team USA for the London Olympics. Sunday night's ruling was that the runners could decide whether to have a runoff or a coin flip. If they don't agree, there will be a runoff.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago who now works as a broadcaster for NBC, said before the ruling was announced. “How long has this sport been around? It’s crazy that there’s not something very specific. I guarantee that there will be something put in there now...

06/24/2012 - 7:38pm
Ortiz: 'To see [Youk] go like that is not easy'

After the Red Sox' 9-4 win over the Braves, David Ortiz -- the only current member of the Red Sox to play with Kevin Youkilis for the infielder's entire career -- talked to WEEI.com about the difficulty of seeing Youkilis traded to the White Sox Sunday.

"It was emotional," Ortiz said. "He's my boy. I've been playing with Youk forever. To see him go like that is not easy. It's part of the game. It's like I told him, 'Go out and do your thing.' "

Ortiz said that word had filtered throughout the Red Sox' dugout just prior to Youkilis' final at-bat that a trade was being completed and the infielder would be exiting the game.

"That was the talk in the dugout, that he was coming in and that he just got traded," said Ortiz, pointing to Youkilis' locker, which was already without the nine-year veteran's nameplate by the time the media entered. "Everybody was expecting that.

"How long was he here for,...

06/24/2012 - 5:33pm
Kevin Youkilis traded to White Sox

The Red Sox have traded infielder Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox for minor-league pitcher Zach Stewart and utilityman Brent Lillibridge. The Red Sox will be paying $5.5 million of what remains on Youkilis' $12.5 million contract for '12. Stewart, who has two options left, will report to Triple-A Pawtucket, while Lillibridge, who is out of options, is expected to join the Red Sox Monday.

According a source, the Indians, Dodgers and White Sox were considered the finalists for Youkilis' services as of Saturday night, with the White Sox separating themselves

Youkilis was pulled from the Red Sox' 9-4 win over the White Sox Sunday in the seventh inning after hitting a two-out triple, being replaced by Nick Punto. The two players embraced in the middle of the diamond before Youkilis was greeted with hugs from a multitude of teammates in front of the home dugout.

After the game players said they had been informed Youkilis would be removed...

06/24/2012 - 4:33pm
Ross, Youkilis power Sox past Braves

Cody Ross hit a pair of home runs, and Kevin Youkilis responded to a pair of standing ovations with two hits, as the Red Sox beat the Braves in the teams' series finale, 9-4, Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Besides the Sox' offensive output, which included Adrian Gonzalez' sixth homer of the season, the day was highlighted by the crowd's saluting Youkilis, both in the third baseman's first at-bat and when he was lifted for a pinch-runner in the seventh. The final round applause included numerous embraces from Youkilis' teammates, with the 33-year-old responding to the crowd by taking his helmet off while also offering a curtain call.

Earning the win for the Red Sox was starter Aaron Cook, who held the Braves scoreless through the first four innings before allowing three runs in the fifth. Making his second start for the Sox -- and first since coming back from a knee laceration -- Cook finished his five-inning outing allowing two earned runs on six...

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