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08/05/2010 - 5:50pm
Epstein on Youk: 'It's a blow'

Theo Epstein met with reporters Thursday and discussed the impact of Kevin Youkilis' impending season-ending surgery. The first baseman will have surgery Friday morning in Cleveland to correct a tear in the adductor muscle of his right thumb.

 

"We lose a big part of our heart and soul," said Epstein. "One of the best hitters, one of the best players in the league. It's a blow."

 

Epstein said the team would "monitor" the trade market to see what might be available, but added that any deal for help at first base would be more of a complementary move. He added that the team would first give Mike Lowell a chance to show how much he can play before considering a deal. Lowell will start at first base Thursday and both Epstein and Terry Francona noted that Lowell will start four of the next five games.


08/05/2010 - 4:48pm
Shaq challenges critical TV host to fight

New Celtic Shaquille O'Neal took to his Twitter feed to lash out at ESPN's Jim Rome, challenging the talk show host to a boxing match and offering to donate his salary to charity should he lose.

 

On "Rome is Burning" Wednesday, Rome said the Celtics should not sign the free agent center, insisting O'Neal had not lived up to expectations in his long career that included three championships with the Lakers. Added Rome: You never approached the game with the dedication and discipline of Kobe Bryant," the former teammate with whom O'Neal had a public feud.

 

In his response, mixed in among insults, O'Neal challenged Rome to a boxing match at the ESPN studios.

 

Tweeted Shaq:

 

Those that dnt respect your hard work, its ok, make em respect u as a person.

 

If u wanna see shaq box jim rome live on espn. I do if he wins ill donate my salary to a...

08/05/2010 - 4:12pm
Season-ending surgery for Youkilis
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis will have surgery on Friday and will miss the remainder of the season, manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday. 

 

Youkilis suffered a torn muscle in his right thumb in Monday night's game against the Indians. Francona had said on Wednesday that Youkilis would be traveling to the Cleveland Clinic to be examined by Dr. Thomas Graham.

 

"He'll be immobilized for approximately six weeks and then be reevaluated from there," Francona said. "I think Youkilis was pretty resolved to the fact that this was probably going to happen."

 

Youkilis was initially placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, prompting Mike Lowell to emerge as the team's regular first baseman. The 31-year-old Youkilis was hitting .307 with 19 homers and 62 runs batted on the season. He had a .411 on-base percentage and .564 slugging percentage. 

 

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08/05/2010 - 4:03pm
Ricciardi: 'Theo played it perfect'
By: DJ Bean

Former Blue Jays general manager and current ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi made his weekly visit on The Big Show and discussed last weekend's non-waiver trade deadline and the process baseball executives go through following it.

 

Regarding the news that Jonathan Papelbon was placed on waivers by the Red Sox, Ricciardi echoed the general line of thinking that such moves are far too common to be looked too far into.

 

"It's really simple — everybody usually gets put on waivers. Very few players aren't put on waivers," said Ricciardi, who said there were years in which he placed then-Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay on waivers.

 

As for the lack of moves made by the Red Sox, Ricciardi said that he felt Red Sox GM Theo Epstein "played it perfect" in making small moves with Ramon Ramirez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the team waits to get healthy. He also described this season as...

08/05/2010 - 2:50pm
Lineups: Lowell back, Hall at second
By: DJ Bean

After getting the night off on Wednesday against Justin Masterson, Mike Lowell is back in the Red Sox' lineup, batting seventh and playing first base. Jed Lowrie, who played second base Wednesday, is on the bench with Bill Hall playing second and batting ninth.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, SS

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Victor Martinez, C

5. J.D. Drew, RF

6. Adrian Beltre, 3B

7. Mike Lowell, 1B

8. Ryan Kalish, LF

9. Bill Hall, 2B

SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka
 
 
For more on the game, including batter vs. pitcher matchups, visit the Red Sox' team page at weei.com/redsox.
 

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