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09/15/2011 - 11:13pm
Injury forces Youkilis out of lineup Friday

Following his team's 9-2 loss to the Rays, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Kevin Youkilis would not be in the lineup for the teams' Friday night rematch.

Youkilis, who has been dealing with a sports hernia that will require surgery after the season, after the sixth inning in the Sox' loss.

"He’s sore. He’s not going to play tomorrow for sure," Francona said. "I actually talked to him before the game a little and had a good talk. We’ll watch him. He’s nowhere near pulling the plug on the season or anything like that, but it’s pretty obvious he’s struggling out there. We’ll see. We’ll see. I don’t know exactly how to answer that because I don’t know what the answer is."

Youkilis, who is 1-for-9 since returning to the lineup Tuesday, is hitting .167 since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 2. The third baseman went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Thursday...

09/15/2011 - 10:54pm
Ortiz: 'We know we're running out of time'

David Ortiz offered a measured look at the Red Sox situation after their 9-2 loss to the Rays Thursday night. It was a defeat which cut the Sox' Wild Card lead to three games with 13 to go in the regular season.

"I mean, you turn everything you've got right now," said the Red Sox designated hitter, who managed two of the Sox' six hits. "[Kevin] Youkilis is playing injured. I went out there today and I'm not 100 percent, yet. You saw [Adrian Gonzalez] yesterday, his leg tightened up on him. He went out there and played today. Those are the kind of things that you can't do more than that. You've just got to deal with it. You don't see nobody trying to shut it down.

"We know we've got to win some games. That's why you see myself and other trying to play, even through injuries. We know we're running out of time."

Ortiz, who said his back was somewhat stiff before the game but had loosened up to almost 100 percent by game...

09/15/2011 - 10:29pm
Scutaro: Grounder 'was kind of a weird play'

Marco Scutaro offered his explanation regarding the play that resulted in the first run in what ended up as the Red Sox' 9-2 loss to the Rays Thursday night.

"I'ver never seen that before," said the shortstop.

The play in question came with B.J. Upton at-bat with two outs in the third inning, with no score. Upton's grounder headed toward Scutaro at the same time a large chunk of the outfielder's broken bat, causing the shortstop to flinch enough as to allow the ball to find left field. It allowed John Jaso to score the visitors' first run and claim a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

"I didn’t see the bat until it was close to me, real close, because I was so focused on the ball that I didn’t pay attention to the bat until it was right next to the ball," Scutaro said. "I just jumped. I couldn’t do anything else."

Scutaro said he went back and watched video of the play, which opened the door...

09/15/2011 - 9:36pm
Things get tighter as Rays rout Sox

The Red Sox lead in the Wild Card race was cut to three games after the Rays claimed a decisive 9-2 win over the Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park. It was the sixth straight loss for the Red Sox against Tampa Bay, who has out-scored Terry Francona's team 42-15 during that stretch.

Taking the loss for the Red Sox was Kyle Weiland, who allowed four runs over three innings, with all the damage coming in a four-run third inning for the Rays. The visitors first run came with two outs in the third when Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro was distracted by a broken bat, allowing B.J. Upton's grounder to get through to left field for an RBI single. Evan Longoria would immediately follow with a three-run home run into the Red Sox bullpen.

The lone Red Sox run came in the home half of the third when Jarrod Saltalamacchia scored on an Adrian Gonzalez ground out to first base.

The win went to Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed just the one run...

09/15/2011 - 7:39pm
Pats injury report: Bodden returns

FOXBORO -- Right cornerback Leigh Bodden was back at practice on Thursday but limited in participation with a lingering back injury. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Mike Wright, who missed seven games last season with a concussion, was listed again on the Patriots injury report Thursday with another concussion, presumably sustained in the regular season opener against the Dolphins on Monday night. Dan Koppen joined Wright on the sidelines again on Thursday. Here is the complete report:

OUT
C Dan Koppen (fibula)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
CB Leigh Bodden (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DL Myron Pryor (groin)

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