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09/25/2011 - 9:01am
Crawford hitting second, Jackson in right

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox will preserve the core of the lineup they featured for the first time this season on Saturday in Game 1 of Sunday's day-night double header. Carl Crawford will bat second, followed by Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez. Conor Jackson, however, will hit sixth and play right, likely a reflection of the fact that regular right fielder Josh Reddick is 0-for-8 in his career against Yankees starter A.J. Burnett.

The Red Sox will turn to Tim Wakefield for the first game. The knuckleballer won his only start this year against the Yankees.

For complete matchup information, visit the Full Count blog. For comprehensive team coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Crawford, LF
Pedroia,...

09/24/2011 - 8:46pm
Rays win; move 1 1/2 games behind Sox

With a 6-2 win over Toronto Saturday -- along with the Red Sox' 9-1 loss to the Yankees earlier in the day -- the Rays have moved within two games in in the loss column of the Sox in the American League wild card race. The Red Sox, who play a doubleheader in New York Sunday, stand at 88-69, while Tampa Bay's record is 87-71. 

The Blue Jays had jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning against Tampa Bay starting pitcher Jeff Niemann, but the hosts bounced back with two of their own against Jays' hurler Ricky Romero in the home half of the frame. The Rays then took the lead for good in the fourth inning on a Ben Zobrist solo home run.

Johnny Damon sealed the victory with a three-run homer against Romero with two outs in the eighth.

The Rays finish their series with Toronto Sunday with Jays' lefty Brett Cecil facing off with Tampa Bay starter Wade Davis. Joe Maddon's team finishes off the regular season with three games at home...

09/24/2011 - 7:35pm
Gonzalez: 'I like our chances in playoffs'

NEW YORK -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, in the aftermath of his team's 9-1 loss to the Yankees that dropped Boston's record to 5-17 this month, suggested that it would be a mistake to dismiss the Sox based on their struggles this month. Instead, he suggested that, assuming that they reach the playoffs, the team could emerge as an overlooked force in October.

"We’ve got a two-game lead in the wild card right now," said Gonzalez. "I think when we get into the playoffs, whoever we play better watch out because we’re going to go in being the underdog, especially the way we’ve been playing this month, so we’ve got nothing to lose."

Gonzalez allowed that the Sox are indeed amidst a terrible stretch of baseball. Even so, he noted that sentiment about the club could change rapidly, and that a strong day of baseball in Sunday's double header could have the team positioned comfortably for entry into the...

09/24/2011 - 7:34pm
Chung, Haynesworth downgraded to out

On Saturday night, the Patriots downgraded three additional players to out in advance of Sunday's game against the Bills -- safety Patrick Chung (hand), defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (back) and wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring) were officially downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. On Friday's injury report, the team had previously listed tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) as out. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


09/24/2011 - 7:24pm
Lester: 'I'm not tired. I'm not hurt'

NEW YORK -- It has been one of the worst stretches of Jon Lester's career. In his last three starts, he is 0-3 (just the second time in his career that he's lost as many as three straight outings) while allowing 16 runs in 13 2/3 innings, including a yield of eight runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings in a 9-1 Red Sox loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

Given what a dramatic departure the performance has been from the left-hander's typical excellence, Lester was asked if there is any kind of physical issue that would explain his recent struggles. The 27-year-old insisted that his struggles are not health-related.

“I’m not tired. I’m not hurt. There’s nothing wrong with me. I wouldn’t go out there if there was something wrong with me. It’s nothing physically,” said Lester. “It’s just one of those deals. I’ve been getting my ass kicked lately. It’s not a good time to have this...

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