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07/31/2010 - 12:10am
Hurting Damon apologizes to Fenway crowd

The last thing Johnny Damon wanted to do was miss his return to Fenway Park for the first time as a member of the Detroit Tigers. But the outfielder, who starred on the 2004 World Series champions, had to pull himself out of the starting lineup before Friday's series opener with sharp pain due to spasms in the middle of his back. 

 

Damon's injury is just the latest to hamper the Tigers lineup as Brandon Inge is out with fracture in his left hand, Carlos Guillen is out with a right calf strain and Magglio Ordonez is out with a fractured right ankle. Inge, Guillen and Ordonez are all on the disabled list. Starter Armando Galarraga had to leave Friday's game one out shy of a win when Kevin Youkilis drilled a liner off his right ankle. 

 

"I tried doing everything I could to get ready for this game," Damon said after Detroit's 6-5 win. "I know we're very shorthanded. I wanted to come out and play in...

07/30/2010 - 11:05pm
Red Sox comeback falls short

Newly-acquired Jhonny Peralta hit a pair of home runs off Jon Lester as the Detroit Tigers barely held on for a 6-5 win over the Red Sox, Friday night at Fenway Park in the opener of a three-game series. David Ortiz belted his ninth career grand slam with one out in the ninth off closer Jose Valverde to make it a one-run game but Mike Cameron struck out looking with the tying and winning runs on base as the Sox fell just short

 

Lester allowed a season-high 11 hits and four runs over six-plus innings in suffering his sixth loss against 11 wins this season. 

 

Armando Galarraga, who came within one out of a perfect game against the Indians on June 2, had to come out of the game one out shy of qualifying for the win when Kevin Youkilis lined a ball off his right ankle in the fifth inning. Robbie Weinhardt came in to throw two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh to qualify for the win, his first in the majors....

07/30/2010 - 6:32pm
Iglesias in Lowell on Saturday

Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias, out since May 29 with an occult fracture of his right index finger, will play for the Spinners in Lowell on Saturday and then be evaluated on a day-by-day basis after that. The 20-year-old had spent all of his first full professional season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, hitting .306 with a .340 OBP and .408 slugging mark in 40 games.

 

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07/30/2010 - 5:28pm
Drew, Damon both scratched

Though Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew had told manager Terry Francona earlier on Friday that he thought he would be able to play, he changed course during batting practice. Drew was scratched after batting practice, a possibility that Francona had considered unlikely earlier in the afternoon. 

 

"I said, alright, we’ll put the lineup up and if you don’t feel good, we’ll get you out of there," Francona said prior to batting practice. "I don’t’ think there’s going to be an issue. That’s great news."

 

Drew was a late scratch from Tuesday's game in Anaheim, and also sat out on Wednesday due to a hamstring issue. The right fielder had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed no bleeding, but the Sox determined that he would not return to the field until his discomfort went away. Drew said on Tuesday that the hamstring issue is one that has been nagging for several weeks...

07/30/2010 - 4:58pm
Damon: Sox would have won one more

Talking prior to the Tigers series opening game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park Friday night, Johnny Damon said that if he would have remained a member of the Sox following the 2005 season the team might have won more than just the 2007 world championship.

 

"I actually think they would have won one more here," Damon said. "During that offseason we just acquired Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and I was coming off a solid year. Signing me would have been a very easy thing to do. But with stuff going on with the front office here, was Theo [Epstein]here or was he not, all that kind of stuff. But you know what, things happen for a reason. I love playing here. I went to New York, which was against a lot of people's wishes. But I fell in love with New York also. I'm one of those players I guess you could say like David Cone who can go anywhere and make the best of it, and that's what I did. The fortunate thing was that I did get to...

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