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09/03/2012 - 3:19pm
Pedroia collects career hit No. 1,000

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia delivered a ground-rule double to left-center against Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas with two outs in the first inning Monday, giving him 1,000 hits in his career. He is the 31st player in team history to amass 1,000 hits with the club, joining Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr as the only second basemen to reach the mark. (Doerr had 2,042 hits over his career.)

By reaching the mark in 833 games, Pedroia became the fifth-fastest Red Sox to reach 1,000 hits, trailing only Nomar Garciaparra (746 games), Wade Boggs (747), Johnny Pesky (774), Ted Williams (814) and Jim Rice (827).

At a time when the Sox are enduring a woeful stretch, Pedroia now has a 14-game hitting streak during which, through his first at-bat on Monday, he's hitting .382 with a .433 OBP and .618 slugging mark.

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09/03/2012 - 3:14pm
Cherington: Sox struggles 'hard to watch'

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in Seattle to assess the state of his team at a time when the club is enduring its worst stretch of the season, expressed sympathy for his team's players and manager even as he declined to answer all questions about manager Bobby Valentine's job security through the remainder of the season.

Cherington told reporters, including Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, that the Sox are not evaluating anyone -- including Valentine -- based on wins and losses, but that the manager continues to be evaluated based on what happens between now and the end of the year.

"We're both being evaluated on the work we do every day and the position we're putting our players in, the decisions we make. The wins and losses are always going to be a reflection of the talent that's on the...

09/03/2012 - 2:33pm
Henry: 'Resolute' Bobby V remains thru '12

Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that he remained "resolute" that manager Bobby Valentine will remain in place through the 2012 season. Henry is in Seattle with general manager Ben Cherington as part of an effort to assess the team at a time when it is mired in a horrific struggle. The team has lost six straight games to start its West Coast road trip (three each against the Angels and Athletics), falling to 11 games under .500 in the process.

Henry met with Valentine -- currently in the first year of a two-year contract with the Red Sox -- over breakfast. 

"For anyone who's sorry I didn't get fired, I'm sorry you're sorry," Valentine told reporters in his pregame session with the media.

Asked if he felt better following the conversation, Valentine with a celebration of a morning institution.

"I always feel better after breakfast," he told reporters. "It's one of my...

09/03/2012 - 1:28pm
Red Sox call up Chris Carpenter

The Red Sox have called up reliever Chris Carpenter from Triple-A Pawtucket. Carpenter missed the first three months of the season after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow during spring training. However, he was mostly dominant after commencing a minor league rehab assignment on July 2.

In 21 combined appearances in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League, Single-A Greenville, Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Carpenter was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 25 strikeouts, 10 walks and just 11 hits allowed in 21 2/3 innings. He was overpowering once his rehab moved to Pawtucket, forging a 1.15 ERA with four saves and 17 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. He had a stretch of 11 straight scoreless appearances that ended recently.

Carpenter, 26, was acquired from the Cubs in the compensation agreement for the services of departed GM Theo Epstein. He spent 10 games in the big leagues last year, with a 2.79 ERA, eight strikeouts and seven...

09/03/2012 - 12:51pm
Gregory, Woodhead back, Hightower No. 54

FOXBORO -- Safety Steve Gregory and running back Danny Woodhead returned to Patriots practice in shorts and shells outside Gillette Stadium on Monday afternoon. Both had missed Sunday's full pads practice before returning on Monday. The only two Patriots missing on Monday were running back Shane Vereen, injured in the exhibition game in Tampa on Aug. 24, and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who hasn't been on the practice field since early in training camp. 

Meanwhile, in another significant sign that offense lineman Brian Waters may not be returning to the Patriots, the team issued his No. 54 to rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower on Monday and he was wearing it during practice on Monday. Waters is currently on the team's "reserve/did not report" list despite being under contract through this season. 

Patrick Chung was at practice on Monday for a second straight day but again wearing a "non-contact" red jersey, indicating...

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