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07/30/2012 - 2:22pm
Ross out as Sox host Tigers
By: DJ Bean

Cody Ross is out as the Red Sox host the Tigers at Fenway Park Monday. Ross had batted fifth and played either right field or DH in Boston's previous 10 games.

With Ross out, Ryan Sweeney is in right field Monday and Jarrod Saltalamacchia is at DH.

The Sox' lineup is as follows:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
8. Kelly Shoppach, C
9. Pedro Ciriaco, SS
SP -- Clay Buchholz

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07/30/2012 - 10:56am
Titans WR Murdock dead in apparent suicide

Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock was found shot dead in his car Monday morning next to the Tampa high school he graduated from, and police said it appears to be a suicide. Murdock, 25, was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. and taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m.

Murdock, an undrafted free agent from Fort Hays State (after transferring from South Carolina), signed with the Titans last year but sat out the season with an Achilles injury. He did not report to the team's training camp last week, and coach Mike Munchak said Murdock was excused for "personal reasons."

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock's death this morning," the Titans said in a statement Monday. "In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J...

07/30/2012 - 10:19am
Source: Braves not in on Beckett

According to a major league source, the Braves are not a viable landing spot for Josh Beckett right now. Even if the Red Sox picked up a significant amount of the right-hander's deal, Atlanta is not in position to assume the financial obligation that would come with the right-hander, who is still owed approximately $37 million over the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2014.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported that the Red Sox called the Braves to gauge their interest in acquiring Beckett. Atlanta responded by asking the Sox whether Jon Lester was available, but was informed that the Sox do not have any intention of dealing the left-hander before Tuesday's trade deadline.

The Braves are looking at starting pitching help, as evidenced by their agreement with the Cubs last week on a deal for Ryan Dempster -- a trade that...

07/30/2012 - 10:10am
Passan on D&C: 'Toxicity' around Beckett

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports joined Dennis & Callahan Monday morning with some provocative insight into the future of Josh Beckett, Bobby Valentine and Jacoby Ellsbury.

“The Red Sox want to dump Josh Beckett. There is absolutely no question about it,” Passan said. “They have made calls to around to at least two teams that I was able to figure out, which was the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers inquiring about the idea of dumping Beckett and paying a lot of his salary, sort of an A.J. Burnett-type deal.”

Passan said neither the Braves nor the Rangers were very interested given the amount of money involved and “the idea of bringing Beckett into the clubhouse, the idea that they’d be acquiring a guy who's lost two miles per hour on his fastball over the last year and brinigng in a guy who has two more years on a deal and they don’t know where his stuff is anymore.”

Trading Beckett appears...

07/30/2012 - 8:45am
Sox' Miller surprised by Hershiser's criticism

Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller was the target of criticism from ESPN analyst Orel Hershiser during Sunday night's game, as Hershiser took exception with Miller chuckling in the dugout after allowing a double and being lifted in the eighth inning.

Miller explained after the game that he was responding to a wisecrack about his pitch selection from backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, and he did not care for Hershiser's comment that the reliever's reaction was indicative of the Red Sox' poor team chemistry.

"That's what good teammates do," Miller said, according to the Providence Journal. "I'm not going to get all upset and drown in my sorrows right there. I remember talking to Aaron [Cook] and to Shop -- and that's what good teammates do. They're trying to keep it light and loose. It's out of my control from that point...

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