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07/29/2010 - 7:51am
Mashup: New controversy for LeBron

Wednesday's big controversy was the story about LeBron James' experiences in Las Vegas that was published and then removed from the ESPN website. ESPN claims the story, which did not paint James in a particularly impressive light, was not properly cleared. Others suggest that LeBron's people had it pulled because they didn't like the way their star was portrayed. Read more about that — and check out the pulled story — at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


07/29/2010 - 12:31am
Report on Drew's hamstring encouraging

ANAHEIM -- According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, the MRI taken on J.D. Drew's injured left hamstring indicated the ailment didn't appear serious and that his availability for the Sox' weekend series against the Tigers would depend on how the outfielder feels Friday.

 

"Yeah, [it's a] very mild hamstring [strain]," Francona said after the Red Sox' 7-3 win over the Angels Wednesday. "When I say mild, they didn't see any bleeding, which is real good. Now again, the disc or whatever, we sent it to [Red Sox medical director] Tom [Gill] and those guys back in Boston, but the preliminary reports are very encouraging." Drew has missed the last two games due to hamstring soreness. 

 

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07/29/2010 - 12:19am
Sources: Sox priority is bullpen help

ANAHEIM — According to multiple sources, the Red Sox primary focus heading into Saturday’s non-waiver trade deadline remains finding help in the bullpen, although they are continuing to see how the catching and outfielder market develops. The sources indicate that the likelihood is that if a deal is to be made it will most likely be completed either Friday or Saturday.

 

Sox CEO Larry Lucchino told WEEI.com following the Red Sox’ 7-3 victory over the Angels Wednesday that the Red Sox were approaching the deadline “aggressively.”

 

“I think there’s an obligation we have in ownership and the front office to look aggressively to see if there’s a way we can make the team better as long as we have a chance in July,” said Lucchino. “And I...

07/28/2010 - 11:33pm
Source: Rangers not ruling out Lowell

According to a major league source, the Rangers haven't ruled out attempting to acquire Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell, although Texas' interest will most likely depend on how the market unfolds in the days leading into Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline.

 

The Rangers have expressed interest in various first base options, such as Florida's Jorge Cantu, Baltimore's Ty Wigginton, and Prince Fielder from the Brewers.

 

Lowell had three more hits while rehabbing with Triple A Pawtucket Wednesday, including his fourth home run in the last two days. The 36-year-old, who could be activated with the Red Sox Friday, is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with four doubles, four homers and 10 RBI in five rehab appearances. 

 

The Tigers' interest in Lowell diminished with the acquisition of Jhonny Peralta from Cleveland Wednesday. Detroit had been scouting Lowell since the third baseman Brandon Inge suffered a broken...

07/28/2010 - 10:11pm
Lowell homers again for Pawtucket

Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell had three more hits for Triple-A Pawtucket against the Toledo Mud Hens on Wednesday, including his fourth home run in two games. It was the fifth rehab game for Lowell, who is now hitting .500 with four doubles, four homers and 10 RBI during his rehab stint.

 

Lowell, who served as the DH on Wednesday, could be activated by the Red Sox as soon as this weekend, when the team returns home.

 

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