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07/30/2010 - 3:02pm
Lineup: Drew back in, Lowrie in at 2B

The Red Sox will kick off their four-game series with the Tigers at Fenway Park with the following lineup against Detroit starter Armando Galarraga:

 

Scutaro SS

Drew RF

Youkilis 1B

Ortiz DH

Martinez C

Beltre 3B

Lowrie 2B

Cameron CF

Patterson LF

Lester P

 

For all the matchups see the Full Count Blog by clicking here. For more Red Sox coverage go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/30/2010 - 12:43pm
Bill Simmons on D&H: Sox lack charisma

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about his most recent column that indicates he's not as interested in the Red Sox this season. "I don't remember a Red Sox season like this, where I've never had less Red Sox conversations with my friends or my family or whatever," he said. "It's tough to get through the games," he added, complaining about how long the games last.

 

Talking about the current Sox players, Simmons said: "I don't think there's anybody with the charisma of Pedro [Martinez], Manny [Ramirez], [David] Ortiz in his prime, going back a little bit further, Nomar [Garciaparra] in his first five years. I don't think anybody resonates with this fan base like those guys did." Of J.D. Drew, Simmons said: "He kind of leaves you cold. Jut after four years, it's the same kind of reactions every time."

 

Simmons said the championships in 2004...

07/30/2010 - 12:11pm
Brady: Contract talks won't distract me

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady spoke to the media for just over 14 minutes on Friday morning at training camp and assured everyone that his ongoing contract talks with the Patriots will not be a distraction as he prepares for his 11th season with the team. 

 

"Coach [Bill Belichick] doesn't like us talking [contract] whole lot," Brady said in answering the first of several questions about entering the last year of his current contract. "Nobody here can solve it other than myself and the team. I'm in the position that a lot of guys are around the league on this team. I'd like to think I have a little more mental toughness than anything becoming a distraction or effect the way I play. Nothing outside, when I walk off this field, ends up being a distraction for me in my life. We all deal with stuff. All of us deal with different stuff in our life. As a leader on this team, a captain on this team for a long time, put the things that are...

07/30/2010 - 11:41am
Bruschi: Mankins 'ripple effect' hurts line

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about the opening of training camp. Asked about Tom Brady's contract situation, he said, "It's going to get done. I think it's inevitable."

 

Bruschi was not as optimistic about Logan Mankins. Said Bruschi: "This is serious. ... Logan's a different type of cat. When he comes out and says strongly about the way that he's been treated and how someone's word is their bond — Logan's an old-school type of guy from Maricopa County in Northern California, a farming community. When he says something, he means it. And until he's happy with that contract, he'll be at his house hanging out until the Patriots come to him with an offer that he's happy with. This could last a long time."

 

Looking at the possibilities for how this plays out, Bruschi said: "Worst case scenario...

07/30/2010 - 11:37am
Wheeler didn't want to leave Boston
By: DJ Bean

With Friday's announcement that the Bruins have agreed to a salary awarded in arbitration for the first time since Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager, it became official that right wing Blake Wheeler would be back in Boston for the 2010-11 season. The 23-year-old Wheeler told members of the media Friday that it's exactly where he wants to be.

 

"It never crossed my mind, being with another team," Wheeler said. "I think that would be a pretty big surprise for me, but throughout the whole process, even if that was an option, I definitely wanted to be in Boston. Not only because our group of guys is so good and we've had such a good locker room over the last couple of years and such great team chemistry. I think we're right on the cusp of getting to...

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