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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...

07/30/2010 - 4:55pm
Lowell on season: 'It's been terrible'

Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell won't be activated for Friday night's game. The team will wait for the July 31 trading deadline dust to settle before making a decision about a roster move involving the 2007 World Series MVP.

 

Lowell understands that he could be traded in the next 24 hours. Indeed, after a rehab assignment in which he hit .500 with four homers, he hopes for just such an outcome, given that he is convinced that he can produce if given consistent at-bats but recognizes that he cannot have such an opportunity unless one of his Red Sox teammates gets injured.

 

"it would be pretty mean-spirited if [Lowell's best-case scenario] had anything to do with the Red Sox, because how am I going to play any of the positions that I play with [David Ortiz] and [Kevin Youkilis] and [Adrian Beltre] doing a good job?" Lowell said. "I don’t think anything I can say Red Sox-related would seem...

07/30/2010 - 3:52pm
Gammons: Sox won't add bat
By: DJ Bean

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons of NESN and the MLB Network joined The Big Show on Friday, offering up his thoughts on what the Red Sox and their competitors may do before Saturday's trade deadline. Though he stated he didn't think the team would acquire a bat for the outfield, Gammons noted that the team would likely look for bullpen arms.

 

"I don't think they're going to get the outfield bat that they'd like to get," Gammons said. "There was some talk today that once the Astros made that deal to get [Brett] Wallace to play first base they made it clear to everybody that they want to move Lance Berkman, who has not had a good year and really only can hit left-handed now. … Apparently that doesn't fit because he can't really play the outfield. I'm not really sure where Berkman's going, but my guess is they don't come up an outfield and they'll pick up a reliever or two. 

 

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