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07/09/2011 - 4:41pm
Ortiz: 'I wasn't the one that started' it
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz said Saturday that he does not "feel proud" of the eighth-inning altercation between the Sox and Orioles in Friday's 10-3 Boston win. After hitting a fly ball, Ortiz went after and took a swing at Baltimore pitcher Kevin Gregg for yelling at the DH to run the bases. While Ortiz figures he will be suspended for the incident, he said he doesn't feel it was his fault. 

"I know MLB is going to take some action about it," Ortiz said. "It's something that everybody's aware of. It all depends on what they're feeling like doing, but I wasn't the one that started this. I don't think I was." 

Ortiz said that Gregg, whose throwing inside on him throughout the at-bat led to a previous argument, provoked him with his actions.

"This is a guy that I always face. He never pitches in, so he threw a whole bunch of pitches inside, and I'm pretty sure he was trying to hit me, no...

07/09/2011 - 4:41pm
Francona: Side session for Beckett Sunday

After Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left Friday night's game with a hyperextended left knee after the fifth inning, manager Terry Francona will throw a side session Sunday morning. The team will then reevaluate him and decide how they want to proceed with the right-hander.

Francona said Beckett is scheduled to appear in Tuesday's All-Star game, but that Sunday could play a role in whether he can or can't go.

"Obviously, not just for his start going forward with us, but with All-Star ramifications, you don’t want to hold up the league. They've got their hands full as it is," Francona said before Saturday night's game. "If he’s OK, he’s OK. If he needs to hold off then we will do that also. We respect the All-Star stuff, but we also have an obligation to our team.”

After Friday nights bench-clearing brawl, started by David Ortiz charging at Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg after Ortiz popped out, Francona does...

07/09/2011 - 3:46pm
Lineup: Reddick, Drew back in for Red Sox

 With right-hander on the mound for Alfredo Simon on the mound for the Orioles, the Red Sox will have an all-left-handed-hitting outfield in their lineup Saturday,with both J.D. Drew and Josh Reddick getting starts. The following is the Sox' batting order:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Josh Reddick LF

Jarrod Saltamacchia C

J.D. Drew RF

Marco Scutaro SS

John Lackey will be on the mound for the Sox. For how the Orioles have fared against Lackey, click here. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at

07/09/2011 - 11:03am
A-Rod has meniscus tear in right knee

According to multiple reports, Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez has a meniscus tear in his right knee that will eventually require surgery.

Manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez has two options: have the surgery now and miss at least a month, or play through the injury and deal with it in the offseason. The third baseman is expected to make a decision as early as Saturday afternoon.

Rodriguez, who opted out of the All-Star Game to have an MRI on his knee, is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs this season.

For more baseball coverage, see the Red Sox team page at

07/09/2011 - 9:53am
Vrabel may join Buckeyes coaching staff

According to multiple reports, former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel may be joining the Ohio State football team's coaching staff as its defensive coordinator. The 35-year-old Vrabel is currently a free agent after most recent playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. Vrabel and current Ohio State Luke Fickell were roomates while at the university, with the linebacker having attended Fickell's introductory press conference in June.

"No, Luke hasn’t said he wants me on his staff," Vrabel told reporters in June according to the Kansas City Star. "Luke knows I still have time to play, and I’m traveling to Chicago or New York for meetings with the owners. Luke knows I’ve got a bunch on my plate right now. …


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