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09/28/2011 - 6:10pm
Youkilis' year ends; surgery coming

BALTIMORE -- On Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that while it was not yet a 100 percent certainty that third baseman Kevin Youkilis would be out for the rest of the season, he suggested that the Sox and their three-time All-Star were nearing that point.

"I don’t know if it’s been ruled out. I think that the writing is kind of on the wall," said Francona. "I don’t think you’re going to see him play again. I wish he would, and he’s tried so hard and he’s been open to doing anything. I just don’t know that’s going to happen. I don’t think it’s 100 percent but it’s getting there."

That likelihood became a defined course of action on Wednesday, when the Sox placed Youkilis on the 60-day disabled list to free a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of right-hander Clay Buchholz, effectively ending the 32-year-old's season.

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09/28/2011 - 4:04pm
Buchholz available in bullpen tonight

BALTIMORE -- Clay Buchholz, out for more than three months with a stress fracture of the lower back, will be activated from the 60-day disabled list and available out of the Red Sox bullpen on Wednesday night. Manager Terry Francona said that in an ideal scenario, the Sox would be able to use Buchholz as a reliever for an inning or two in a blowout situation.

Buchholz noted that his pitch limits will preclude him from starting. However, he suggested tat he was ready to try to help in relief.

"I feel like my pitches are there and my arm feels good," said Buchholz. "Obviously, I'm not going to be starting. I'll probably be sent out to the bullpen, and if a situation arises where I can get in the game, we'll go from there. ...

"I don’t think they’d let me [start] in the sense that I’d only be able to go an inning or so, a couple innings maybe," he added. "[But] to come in and get three...

09/28/2011 - 2:51pm
David Stern: 'We're not near a deal'

Representatives from the NBA and the the player's association met in New York on Wednesday for the second day of talks on a new labor agreement. While the two sides appear to be finally engaging in actual give-and-take, NBA commissioner said the two sides, "We're not near a deal."

Talks will take a break for Rosh Hashanah, but are scheduled to reconvene in larger groups on Friday and plan to continue throughout the weekend. The latest round will feature more owners and star players who likely to attend, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Negotiations are at a critical stage with the start of NBA training camps originally scheduled for next week. The league postponed camps and cancelled the first week of preseason games through Oct. 15 last week. It is thought that it will take around 30 days from the time of an agreement to begin the...

09/28/2011 - 2:24pm
Tito on job security: 'Not a time for that'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that he promised the Red Sox when he signed his contract three years ago that he wouldn't talk about his job security during the season in an interview on The Big Show. The team has the option to pick up two more additional years after the season and with the Sox' struggles in September and talk of a disconnect between the manager and general manager Theo Epstein, the question has been asked.

"It's not a time for that," Francona said. "They have 10 days when the season's over to pick up my options. I told them when I signed this contract years back that I would never talk about it during the season and I've tried to keep my word." 

Asked if he wanted to remain in Boston, Francona kept the focus on the game. "What I worry about is us winning games and if I spend any amount of energy or time thinking about my job, shame on me," he said. 

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09/28/2011 - 1:19pm
Lineup: Lavarnway catching Lester

BALTIMORE -- Rookie Ryan Lavarnway, one day after hitting the first two home runs of his career, is back in the lineup for the Red Sox as the catcher for Jon Lester, who will be pitching on three days' rest as the Sox look for a win that would either advance them to a one-game playoff with the Rays in Tampa Bay on Thursday or a postseason berth in the Division Series on Friday. Lavarnway will bat fifth in the lineup, as the Sox have once again rearranged their lineup, with Dustin Pedroia hitting second, David Ortiz hitting third and Adrian Gonzalez cleaning up.

For a look at how the Red Sox have fared against Orioles starter Alfredo Simon and at how the O's have done against Lester, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

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