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08/14/2010 - 5:03pm
Lineup: Martinez catching, Patterson in CF

The Red Sox will be looking to bounce back from series-opening loss against the Rangers with Jon Lester taking the mound. While there was some concern over Victor Martinez foot Friday night, the switch-hitter is back in the lineup and catching. Here is the Red Sox' batting order against Texas starter Colby Lewis: 

 

Marco Scutaro SS

 

J.D. Drew RF

 

Victor Martinez C

 

David Ortiz DH

 

Adrian Beltre 3B

 

Mike Lowell 1B

 

Ryan Kalish LF

 

Bill Hall 2B

 

Eric Patterson CF

 

Jon Lester P

 

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08/14/2010 - 4:47pm
Sox send catcher Thomas to Rangers

To complete the trade for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox sent minor league catcher Michael Thomas to the Rangers as the player to be named. The Sox had already sent right-hander Roman Mendez and first baseman Chris McGuiness to Texas.

 

Thomas was a 12th round pick by the Sox in the 2009 draft out of Southern University A&M. He is a huge target (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) who was described as a solid receiver with a strong arm (he's thrown out 30 percent of would-be base stealers in his two pro seasons) but with limited offensive skills. Thomas, who had not played since July 28, was hitting .156/.269/.267/.536 for Single-A Greenville.

 

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08/14/2010 - 4:29pm
Red Sox release first baseman Shealy

With Jeremy Hermida having been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket, the Red Sox released first baseman/outfielder Ryan Shealy, the PawSox announced. Shealy played in five games for the Red Sox this year, going 0-for-7. In 32 games with the PawSox, Shealy hit .219 with a .331 OBP, .743 OPS with five homers.

 

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08/14/2010 - 1:53pm
Report: Bowden to join Red Sox

According to a Tweet from Providence Journal's Dan Barbarisi, relief pitcher Michael Bowden has left the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox to join the Red Sox in Arlington, Texas. Bowden last pitched Friday night, allowing one one walk. The righty had allowed single runs in each of his previous two appearances, coming Aug. 7 and 10. In 12 relief appearances for the PawSox Bowden has a 2.81 ERA allowing five runs on 15 hits over 16 innings. Bowden appeared in three games with the Red Sox this season, not allowing a run in 2 1/3 innings. For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/14/2010 - 10:53am
Shaq: 'I'm done with the nicknames'

In an interview with the New York Times, new Celtic Shaquille O’Neal said that he is working on his doctorate at Barry University and once that degree is obtained he no longer wants to be called “Shaq” and that he is no longer in the business of crafting nicknames for himself.

 

“I’m done with the nicknames,” O’Neal said. “Actually, when I obtain my doctorate, I will not allow people to call me Shaq anymore, either.”

 

Also of note in the interview:

 

- The last time he “panicked” was as a 9-year-old when he tried lighting the tail of a teddy bear on fire. “My thing was to just light the tail and then blow it out and laugh. Ha, ha. But as soon as I lit the tail, the whole thing caught on fire. It almost caught the house on fire. I got the whooping of my life,” O’Neal explained in the interview.

 

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