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08/20/2010 - 2:01am
Cash to start rehab with Pawtucket

With backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia landing on the disabled list on Thursday due to a leg infection, the status of catcher Kevin Cash — on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a hamstring strain — assumed growing significance. With Dusty Brown getting called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Cash will begin a rehab assignment on Friday with the PawSox.

 

Cash will spend just one day with the PawSox before rejoining the Red Sox on Saturday, after which he may join another affiliate, perhaps Lowell. The earliest that Cash can return from the DL is Aug. 27, when the Sox will be on the road in Tampa Bay.

 

Cash, whom the Sox acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros at the end of June, is hitting .148/.233/.167/.400 in 20 games with the Sox.

 

For more Red Sox coverage, visit WEEI.com/redsox.


08/19/2010 - 10:52pm
Welker, Patriots ground Falcons
By: DJ Bean

The Patriots improved to 2-0 on the preseason on Thursday night by defeating the Falcons, 28-10. Tom Brady completed 5-of-8 passes for 67 yards on the night. The show seemed to be stolen by the veteran running backs, the rookie tight ends, and the return on Wes Welker.

 

Welker had two catches for 20 yards, and the Patriots got some strong runs out of their veteran backs. First, Fred Taylor, who started the game, took a 21-yard run to the house for the Patriots' first touchdown. In the third quarter, Sammy Morris went 20 yards on a draw on third-and-12. Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski also scored.

 

Head to the It Is What It Is blog for quick hits on the win. 


08/19/2010 - 10:17pm
Matsui does it again to Sox

Hideki Matsui clubbed a three-run homer off Josh Beckett in a four-run sixth inning as the Los Angeles Angels salvaged their only win against the Red Sox this season, 7-2, Thursday night at Fenway Park. 

 

Beckett was staked to a 1-0 lead in the fourth when David Ortiz launched his 27th homer, a long shot to right off Angels starter Ervin Santana (13-8). But that would be the only big mistake the Angels hurler would make as the Los Angeles won for the first time in 10 tries against Boston in 2010. Beckett (3-3) allowed seven hits and six earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. 

 

The loss dropped the Red Sox 6 1/2 games behind the front-running Yankees in the American League East, and seven back in the loss column.

 

For more, visit Closing Time at the Full Count blog....

08/19/2010 - 9:37pm
Ryan has 'heated' conversation with Dungy

Jets coach Rex Ryan said he had a "heated" phone conversation with former Colts coach and current NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy about Ryan's foul language during the HBO training camp documentary "Hard Knocks." Dungy, a devout Christian, criticized Ryan's frequent use of obscenities and suggested the commissioner step in and talk to the fiery coach.

 

Ryan called Dungy and left a message on Wednesday. On Thursday, the two men shared their feelings directly with each other.

 

"It was definitely heated," Ryan said with a smile. "We just talked man-to-man. It was good."

 

Added Ryan: "I wanted him to know how I felt. We talked man-to-man. He told me his position and I definitely told him my position. So, it was good."

 


08/19/2010 - 7:45pm
TBC, Guyton highlight inactives
By: DJ Bean

The Patriots left 13 players behind when they departed for Atlanta this week. With the Pats set to face the Falcons in their second pre-season game, the following players are inactive: Linebackers Gary Guyton, Tully Banta-Cain, Jermaine Cunningham, Thomas Williams and Dane Fletcher, receivers Darnell Jenkins, and Matthew Slater, defensive backs Terrence Johnson, Bret Lockett, Josh Barrett and Leigh Bodden, offensive linemen Nick Kaczur, Logan Mankins, and George Bussey, and defensive lineman Damione Lewis. 

 

For more on the Patriots, visit their team page at WEEI.com.


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