Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who missed Friday night's loss to the White Sox due to a stiff neck, will be back in Boston's lineup Saturday as the Red Sox face Chicago starter Philip Humber. The lineup is as follows:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Carl Crawford, LF
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Josh Reddick, RF
9. Marco Scutaro, SS
SP -- Jon Lester
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CHICAGO -- The Red Sox have acquired infielder Mike Aviles from the Royals in exchange for infielder Yamaico Navarro and right-hander Kendal Volz, the Royals announced (via twitter).
Aviles is hitting .222 with a .261 OBP, .395 slugging mark, .656 OPS and five homers in 53 games this year. He adds a baserunning element to the Sox, having swiped 10 bases in 12 attempts this year. Aviles was also delivering solid production against lefties, hitting .309/.344/.600/.944 with two homers in 62 plate appearances.
The 30-year-old, who has options remaining and can be sent to the minors, is arbitration-eligible following this season.
Navarro was hitting .216/.275/.351/.626 in 16 big league games this year, getting playing time at shortstop, third base and in left field. The 23-year-old has power potential, and had made strides in his plate approach while also showing the tools to play a good defensive third base (after being converted from shortstop...
FOXBORO -- After signing a new contract to return to the Patriots for a 13th season, veteran running back Kevin Faulk said Bill Belichick was the biggest reason he was motivated to rehab his knee following surgery and come back to the team.
"Honestly speaking, before the lockout started, Bill called me and told me, 'Hey Kevin, I want you on my team in 2011.' That was motivation enough for me to go out and rehab my butt off and get ready for the season, whenever it may be and whenever it may come," Faulk said Saturday at Gillette Stadium. "So, that was pretty much enough for me."
Faulk tore the ACL in his right knee during a Week 2 loss to the Jets last season at the New Meadowlands Stadium. He had reconstructive surgery in October, ending his 2010 season. Faulk, who turned 35 on June 5, is the longest-tenured Patriot on the roster, entering his 13th season. Last season, Faulk was limited to just two games due to an...
According to the Providence Journal, Red Sox minor leaguer Ryan Westmoreland is nearing the point where he will be able to face live pitching for the first time since undergoing surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain stem in March 2010. The 21-year-old has been hitting off a machine and taking batting practice for several months, and he has made sufficient strides that the opportunity to face live pitching could be approaching.
“They know I’m ready, and I know I’m ready,” Westmoreland told the Journal. “I’m physically and mentally ready — whether I hit the ball or not — to get in the batter’s box again. To see a pitcher throw a ball at me from 60 feet away is going to be pretty special.”
FOXBORO -- Chad Ochocinco had his smile, talked again about landing in heaven and even gave a group hug at the end after he saw reporters and photographers jostling for position in his post-practice interview. But the star wide receiver said Saturday he is planning on toning it down a lot from his previous days in Cincinnati.
"I’m going to always be me," Ochocinco said. "I’ll always be me. But there’s a certain way that the Patriots do it, and I’ve always been a chameleon, so I’m going to blend in and do it the Patriots way, which is win, you know? I think Bill, we had our talk, and without him having to even say anything, [I know] there’s no need for me to do some of the stuff I did before.”
After finishing his first practice in pads, Ochocinco paid thanks to Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick.
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