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09/17/2011 - 4:25pm
Bedard on side session: 'It's a happy day'

Erik Bedard took a step toward returning to the Red Sox' rotation Saturday, throwing his first bullpen session since being sidelined following his Sept. 3 start.

The lefty threw approximately 35 pitches under the watch of pitching coach Curt Young prior to the Red Sox' game against the Rays, reporting no pain in either his injured lat or knee.

"No, I don't think so," Bedard said when asked if there was any problems during the side session. "I'll have to see how it reacts. The next day is the big key."

Bedard said he didn't feel any discomfort in his lat at all while throwing, a marked improvement from even a few days before. And while he continued to wear a brace on his knee, he called the difference between throwing this time compared to his last start as "night and day" when talking about the injury.

"It's a happy day," he said. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow and we'll go from there....

09/17/2011 - 3:21pm
Jenks: 'Nothing life or death right now'
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Bobby Jenks addressed the media on Saturday for the first time since being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism Sept. 13. Jenks, who appeared much thinner than his listed weight of 275 pounds, said he is finally starting to feel better after a difficult few weeks.

"There's nothing life or death right now," Jenks said. "I'm feeling very good. In another week or two, I'm going to start exercising again, try to start getting back on a regular routine. Right now, I'm on a lot of blood thinners. We're just trying to take care of this thing first before we move on to looking at the spine and doing the back surgery again."

Jenks said doctors found the blood clot in his lung when they performed a CT scan as part of a preoperative procedure. Pulmonary embolisms can be deadly if not caught and treated quickly. Jenks will continue to take blood thinners and have repeat CT scans done until the clot disappears. Doctors are not sure where the...

09/17/2011 - 11:31am
Lineup: Aviles gets another start at third

For the second straight game Mike Aviles gets the start at third base for the Red Sox, who will send Jon Lester to the mound against the Rays' Jeff Niemann Saturday afternoon.

The following is the Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Josh Reddick RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Carl Crawford LF

Mike Aviles 3B

Marco Scutaro SS

Jon Lester P

For all the matchups, click here. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


09/16/2011 - 11:12pm
Maddon: Rays were at 'great disadvantage'

Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't hold back his criticism of home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt and his strike zone on Friday that led to his ejection prior to the bottom of the sixth inning of Boston's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay Friday at Fenway Park. Several Rays were called out on strikes, including John Jaso to end the top of the sixth and B.J. Upton an inning earlier. Both strikeouts came on pitches that appeared well outside. 

"Obviously, I went out there to discuss the width of the strike zone, and I never mentioned anything about balls and strikes," Maddon said after Friday's game. "I was trying to have a conversation. He immediately threw me out. I said, 'Listen, I'm not coming out here to argue. I just want to know what's going on because my guys are talking about how wide it is.' He didn't like me asking that question. I wanted to be respectful. I didn't yell. I walked out there and I thought I did it in a fashion where nobody...

09/16/2011 - 8:59pm
Nip and tuck: Sox hold on for huge win

Mike Aviles crushed a pitch from James Shields over the Green Monster for the go-ahead homer while Josh Beckett worked his way through six innings in his first start back from a sprained right ankle as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 4-3, Friday night at Fenway. The win was critical for the Red Sox, who pushed their wild-card lead back up to four games over the Rays, with two games remaining in the four-game series. 

Evan Longoria drilled a two-run homer off Beckett in the first inning to stake the Rays to a quick 2-0 lead. The Red Sox immediately responded with a double from Jacoby Ellsbury, an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia and the first of two clutch hits from David Ortiz, an RBI single to left to score Pedroia and tie the game, 2-2.

After the Rays took the lead in the third, the Red Sox again responded with Ortiz driving home Pedroia with a double to the right-center, tying the game, 3-3. Aviles, filling in for the injured Kevin Youkilis at third...

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