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08/14/2012 - 3:02pm
Lineup: Lavarnway catching vs. Orioles
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox will try to begin their three-game set with the Orioles with a victory as they send Josh Beckett to the mound against Wei-Yin Chen Tuesday night. The Sox are currently 5.5 games behind the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot entering the contest. 

Boston's lineup is as follows:  

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Pedro Ciriaco, DH

3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

5. Cody Ross, RF

6. Ryan Lavarnway, C

7. Carl Crawford, LF

8. Mike Aviles, SS

9. Danny Valencia, 3B

SP -- Josh Beckett 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox

08/14/2012 - 1:27pm
Red Sox trade catcher Shoppach to Mets
By: DJ Bean

According to tweets from both teams, the Red Sox have traded catcher Kelly Shoppach to the Mets in exchange for a player to be named later. The Mets' announcement notes the deal was the result of a waiver claim, meaning the teams consummated a deal within 48 hours of the Mets' claim. A team source confirmed to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford that Shoppach hadn't cleared waivers and that the deal was indeed the result of the Mets' claim. 

Shoppach, who was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 2001 draft before being dealt to Cleveland in 2006's Coco Crisp trade, was in his second stint with the Sox after signing a one-year, $1.35 million deal in the offseason. In 48 games, the 32-year-old was hitting .250/.327/.471 with five homers and 17 runs batted in. 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


08/14/2012 - 12:52pm
Pats confirm release of Fletcher, Davis

FOXBORO -- Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio confirmed Tuesday that injured linebacker Dane Fletcher was released as an "injured" player while the team reached an injury settlement before releasing wide receiver Britt Davis. The two moves leaves the roster at 88, two short of the camp maximum.

As per NFL collective bargaining rules, Fletcher's waiver release due to injury means he can be re-instated to the Patriots injured reserve list if he clears waivers while Britt Davis cannot since a settlement was reached in his case. 

The waiver process allows any NFL team to claim Fletcher, who tore the ACL in his left knee on the first punt of Thursday night's preseason opener against the Saints. The Patriots claimed Giants tight end Jake Ballard under similar circumstances after his injury in Super Bowl XLVI. 

"Anytime you remove a player from your roster, you designate them "X" amount of ways,"...

08/14/2012 - 12:08pm
Nomar on Pesky: 'Like a punch to the gut'

Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was in Boston when he heard about the death of franchise icon Johnny Pesky. "It was like a punch to the gut," Garciaparra said in an interview with Mut & Merloni. 

"Johnny has something very unique in the world," Garciaparra said. "When you're around him, he made you smile."

Garciaparra said that when he came to Boston from California, "I really didn't know what it mean to wear that Red Sox uniform, and that's where Johnny Pesky comes in. He really taught me and taught so many others what it meant to wear that uniform." 

The thing that stood out for him were the stories and the time Pesky would spend with players.

"A gentle man like him and soul that would take the time to not only make you better but also take time aside from that to talk to you," Garciaparra said. "You would it down and just be intrigued by the...

08/14/2012 - 7:39am
Duquette: Sox rotation 'tough to overcome'

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning to discuss his team's surprising emergence as a contender this season. The former Red Sox GM also took stock of his former team's struggles. The Orioles currently have the fifth-best record in the American League, putting them in the lead for the second AL wild card spot; the Red Sox lag 5 1/2 games behind them. 

"They have a great lineup. I don't know that their starting pitching is as strong as they had envisioned it," said Duquette of a team whose rotation has a 4.80 ERA, 26th in the majors. "When your starting pitching isn't the foundation of your team, it's tough to overcome."

Asked how his own team can be enjoying so much success at a time when the Orioles have a negative run differential, Duquette suggested that the late innings have offered Baltimore a competitive advantage.

"Our bullpen's good. When we...

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