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09/08/2012 - 11:09pm
Red Sox all alone in cellar after latest loss

The Red Sox struggles continued, with their starting pitching letting them down again. This time it was Daisuke Matsuzaka's 1 1/3 inning outing doing the damage, with the hurler allowing five runs while throwing just 42 pitches. The end result was a 9-2 win for the Blue Jays Saturday night in a game that included two rain delays.

With the loss the Red Sox drop to 63-77 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games, and 15 of their last 19. The Red Sox starters have a 5.90 ERA since Aug. 1, and 9.98 ERA in their last 10 games. They have also pitched four or fewer innings five times in that 10-game stretch.

The Sox could never dig out from the hole dug by Matsuzaka, which included the righty allowing all five of his runs in the second inning. He was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before having to shut it down because of the first rain delay.

Also giving up runs for the Red Sox were Vicente Padilla, who surrendered a...

09/08/2012 - 7:51pm
McDonald, Dennard downgraded to out

As the Patriots landed in Nashville for their game on Sunday against the Titans, the team ruled out two more players for the season opener. Offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder) and rookie defensive back Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) joined running back Shane Vereen (foot) as players who will miss the contest. 

McDonald injured his shoulder in the next-to-last preseason game on Aug. 24 against Tampa Bay while Dennard was a late addition to the injury report on Friday and was limited in practice. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.


09/08/2012 - 7:31pm
Rain delay for Red Sox, Blue Jays
By: DJ Bean

Heavy rain caused the Red Sox and Blue Jays to go into a rain delay in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday. At the time of the delay, the Blue Jays held a 5-0 lead after getting to starter Daisuke Matsuzaka for five second-inning runs. Matsuzaka lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on five hits, including a homer to Yunel Escobar. He hit a batter, walked one and struck out one. 

The tarps came out after a leadoff single from Jacoby Ellsbury. 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.


09/08/2012 - 4:03pm
Lackey throws 15 pitches of live BP
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox starter John Lackey threw live batting practice Saturday, marking the first time the veteran right-hander has thrown to hitters since getting Tommy John surgery on Nov. 1. Lackey, 33, threw 15 pitches in the session as teammates looked on. 

"[It was] the first step in a new world for him after a real hard summer of rehab," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Better than how he looked is how he felt. He said he felt great afterwards, and that's what's really important."

Valentine said that he felt Lackey's session was "OK considering that it's the first time" he's thrown to hitters in quite some time. 

"His breaking ball was really good, which is usually the last thing," Valentine said. "He's been working on that less. It was good, he just didn't have real good control of his two-seamer."

The manager said that the next step for Lackey is "more of the same," and...

09/08/2012 - 3:53pm
Lineup: Ciriaco leading off for Sox
By: DJ Bean

After leading off in three straight games, Scott Podsednik will hit eighth Saturday as the Red Sox face the Blue Jays in the second game of their three-game set at Fenway Park. Pedro Ciriaco is leading off for the Sox, while Boston will send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound against Toronto's Aaron Laffey. 

The Red Sox' lineup is as follows: 

1. Pedro Ciriaco, 3B

2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

4. Cody Ross, RF

5. Mauro Gomez, 1B

6. Ryan Lavarnway, C

7. Mike Aviles, DH

8. Scott Podsednik, LF

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


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