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08/21/2012 - 9:12pm
Spoilers: Angels ruin Pesky night at Fenway

Mark Trumbo connected for a tape-measure blast over the Green Monster in left-center and Ervin Santana allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings to help the Angels snap a four-game skid and beat the Red Sox, 5-3, Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The loss spoiled a night that began with a stirring memorial tribute by the Red Sox to their late patriarch Johnny Pesky, who was remembered with a No. 6 in the outfield grass behind shortstop and a likeness of the "Pesky Pole" running from behind second base to the center field warning track. The Red Sox also received permission from MLB to have every player and coach in uniform wear Pesky's No. 6 for the game.

The Angels, who won for just the sixth time in 19 games, broke through against Boston starter Aaron Cook with a single run in the third as Albert Pujols drove home Mike Trout with his second hit of the night. The Angels added two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth, as they chased the Red...

08/21/2012 - 5:38pm
Bobby V: Ellsbury's 'mis-hit a lot of balls'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine moved center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury down from the first to the third spot in the lineup, the first time that Ellsbury has been put in that spot in a start. Valentine suggested that the impetus for the move was to change his leadoff hitter's approach.

"Just talking with the coaching staff, they feel like, in the past, sometimes he’s been moved out of the leadoff spot and he’s gotten a little more aggressive," Valentine said. "I took heed of that to see if we could get him a little more aggressive."

The motivation for that move is based in part on the fact that Ellsbury has offered little production since returning from the DL at the start of the second half. In 35 games since returning from his shoulder subluxation, Ellsbury is hitting .261 with a .303 OBP, .366 slugging mark and .669 OPS. But Valentine suggested that he hasn't looked tentative at the plate, and that his lack of...

08/21/2012 - 4:34pm
Bobby V: Fired McClure 'was my choice'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday that fired pitching coach Bob McClure was the best available pitching coach at the time he interviewed him for the job last winter. Valentine detailed the hiring process before Tuesday's series opener with the Angels, the first game Randy Niemann will take over as primary pitching coach of a staff that is 11th out of 14 teams in the American League with a 4.30 ERA. 

"The hiring, first time I saw him, I met in the hallway downstairs. I was going into Ben's office after I was hired. He was hired as a scout at the time. I think about three days later, we were putting together a list. I don't think he was on the first list. And then after we narrowed down the first list, he got on the second list and then he came in and interviewed with everyone."

McClure also interviewed with general manager Ben Cherington and other front-office executives before being hired in January. 

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08/21/2012 - 3:52pm
Jacobs: 'Bet we'll get something' for Thomas
By: DJ Bean

Bruins principal and alternate governor Charlie Jacobs joined The Big Show Tuesday to support the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon. Among the topics discussed was Tim Thomas, and Jacobs admitted that he was "thrown" after the season upon learning that the two-time Vezina winner would not return next season to play the final year of his contract. 

"I was beyond surprised," Jacobs said. "I am still." 

Thomas has said that he will not play next season, and his future beyond that remains unclear. 

"I'm having a hard time wrapping my ahead around that whole line of logic," Jacobs said. "I respect Timmy and I respect his decision, but at [38] … I want to say he'll be 39 by the time he comes back, taking a year off from pro hockey, from the National Hockey League, from the show, I don't see how it's possible to come back and play at that level. He may prove us all wrong, but I...

08/21/2012 - 3:23pm
Patriots cut DL Jonathan Fanene

The Patriots announced Tuesday afternoon they have released defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, offensive lineman Kyle Hill and kicker Chris Koepplin.

Fanene was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Cincinnati on March 20. One of the team's highest-profile offseason additions -- he signed a $3.85 million deal -- he was reportedly battling a knee injury throughout the summer, and struggled to stay on the field. A veteran of seven NFL seasons with the Bengals, the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2005 out of Utah. He has registered 12.5 sacks in his last two full NFL seasons with 6.5 in 2011 and 6.0 in 2009. Fanene was limited to two games in 2010 due to an injury.

Hill, 23, originally signed with New England as a rookie free agent on Aug. 8. He was a four-year starter at left tackle at Duke University. The 6-foot-6, 306-pounder was one of four team...

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