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09/22/2012 - 7:59pm
Pats downgrade Deaderick, Dennard to out


The Patriots announced Saturday night that defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) have both been downgraded to out for Sunday night's game in Baltimore against the Ravens. The duo joins tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and defensive end Justin Francis (ankle) -- both of whom were announced as out on Friday -- as inactives. The Patriots have to declare three more players inactive roughly 90 minutes before the start of Sunday's game, which is scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m.

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09/22/2012 - 4:24pm
Aceves, Red Sox fall to Orioles in extras

Jim Thome's ground-rule double in the 12th inning against Alfredo Aceves scored Adam Jones to help hand the Orioles a 9-6 win over the Red Sox Saturday at Fenway Park. Endy Chavez and Manny Machado followed Thome with run-scoring hits to complete the scoring in Baltimore's three-run 12th.

The victory improved Baltimore to 16-2 in extra-inning games (16 in a row). The Red Sox, conversely, are now 0-7 at home in extra-inning contests (2-8 overall).

It marked the 11th straight time the Red Sox have lost when Aceves has pitched. This outing was the third consecutive outing in which the reliever has allowed two or more runs.

The Red Sox had managed to fight back from a three-run deficit with two runs in the seventh inning and one in the eighth. Getting things going in the seventh, after Adam Jones' solo homer had boosted Baltimore's lead to 6-3, was Cody Ross' fielder's choice, bases-loaded ground out to second. The play, which scored Scott...

09/22/2012 - 12:58pm
Matsuzaka to start Red Sox season finale

Prior to his team's game Saturday afternoon against the Orioles, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that Daisuke Matsuzaka will make another start this season, with the righty slated to go against the Yankees in the regular season finale at Yankee Stadium, Oct. 3.

"He's slotted in for the last game of the season," Valentine said. "Unless there's someone else that we choose to use." 

There was some question if Matsuzaka would make another start after his recent struggles. In his last four starts, Matsuzaka has totaled a 1-3 mark with a 13.50 ERA, having pitched a total of just 13 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .400 against Matsuzaka over that stretch. He is coming off a three-inning outing in which the righty gave up five runs on nine hits.

Valentine also said recently-recalled Zach Stewart will make the start Sept. 30 against the Orioles in Baltimore. With Triple-A Pawtucket, Stewart finished with a 3.94 ERA in...

09/22/2012 - 12:37pm
Workman, Bogaerts honored by Red Sox

The Red Sox announced their organizational minor league awards prior to their Saturday afternoon game against the Orioles. Pitcher of the Year went to Brandon Workman, while Offensive Player of the Year was given to shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

Others earning honors were outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr (Defensive Player of the Year), third baseman Garin Cecchini (Baserunner of the Year), Keivin Heras (Dominican Summer League Pitcher of the Year) and Manuel Margot (Dominican Summer League Player of the Year). Also being recognized was Daniel Nava, who won the Lou Gorman Award, given annually to a Red Sox minor league player who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while working his way to the major leagues.

The team's release offered the following information:


Workman combined to go 10-8 with a 3.50 ERA (54 ER/138.2 IP) and 130 strikeouts in 25 starts between High-A Salem and Double A-Portland....

09/22/2012 - 10:35am
Cherington: 'Good step forward' for minors

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in an interview for the Minor Details podcast, suggested that while 2012 had been a difficult year at the major league level, the outlook had been far more promising in the minor leagues. He identified considerable steps forward by a number of prospects, the addition of more talent through the draft and international amateur free agency and the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers that brought right-hander Allen Webster, infielder Ivan DeJesus and two players to be named (right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and outfielder Jerry Sands) in explaining why the farm system appears to be in strong condition. 

"We've taken a good step forward, " Cherington said. "There have been three things that have happened this year. No. 1: We've seen a big step forward by a number of players. You...

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