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08/18/2010 - 7:08am
Teammate: Favre back with Vikings

Brett Favre flew to Minnesota on Tuesday and is expected to join the Vikings at training camp as early as Wednesday. Favre flew in from his Mississippi home with three of his teammates who were sent to recruit him, and one of those teammates indicated that the 40-year-old quarterback is back.

 

"We simply went down there to get an answer and after talking for a while, his answer was 'yes,' " kicker Ryan Longwell said in a text message to ESPN. "He loves the guys in the locker room and is doing it for all of us."

 

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08/18/2010 - 6:31am
Report: Ellsbury has another broken rib

According to an ESPN report, tests on Jacoby Ellsbury revealed that the Red Sox outfielder has another fractured rib and "probably" will miss the rest of the season. Ellsbury suffered his latest injury on Friday in Texas when he collided with Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter during the first inning.

 

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after Tuesday's game at Fenway Park that the team would discuss a recovery plan with Ellsbury Wednesday, after the player returned from his visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum in California.

 

"Nothing official," Francona said. "I just talked to Dr. Tom Gill a minute ago. He said they're planning on talking tomorrow morning. I think Ells was grabbing the red-eye home. I think the plan was to meet with him tomorrow and get everybody involved and assess what the plan is. Nothing official tonight."

 

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08/17/2010 - 9:54pm
Kalish, Buchholz slam door on Angels

Ryan Kalish matched Daniel Nava as a Red Sox rookie to hit a grand slam and Clay Buchholz allowed just five hits over seven shutout innings as the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-0, Tuesday night at Fenway Park in the opener of the three-game series and nine-game homestand. 

 

Buchholz improved to 14-5 and lowered his ERA to 2.36 by striking out and walking two while Dustin Pedroia went hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout, two groundouts and a flyout. Darnell McDonald homered over the Green Monster in the third inning to get the scoring started against Jered Weaver. The ball broke a back windshield of a car atop the Lansdowne Garage. Adrian Beltre was robbed of a home run when Torii Hunter reached high over the right field wall to make a spectacular catch. 

 

With the win, the Red Sox remained perfect in eight tries against the Angels this season, including 5-0 at Fenway. 

 

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08/17/2010 - 9:09pm
Lat strain sidelines Sox prospect Kelly

The Red Sox will shut down prospect Casey Kelly for the duration of the 2010 Portland Sea Dogs season due to a strained right latissimus muscle that the 21-year-old suffered, said farm director Mike Hazen. News of the decision was first reported by the Portland Press-Herald.

 

Kelly was 3-5 with a 5.31 in 21 starts for the Sea Dogs. The 2008 first-rounder was in the middle of his first full season as a pitcher since turning pro.

 

The decision to shut him down was deemed precautionary, rather than a sign of a major injury. Because the Sea Dogs are nearing the end of the season, the Sox felt that it did not make sense for Kelly to rush through his rehab in order to make just one or two more starts in Double-A. Instead, the team plans to use Fall Instructional League and a Winter League to allow Kelly to get the remaining 20-30 innings that...

08/17/2010 - 6:01pm
Youkilis hopes to return if Sox reach playoffs

Injured Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who underwent surgery to repair a detached adductor muscle on Aug. 6, suggested that he is holding out hope that he might be able to return to the club in the playoffs should Boston still be playing in October. The first baseman said that there is not yet a detailed timetable for his recovery, and that he has not been told definitively by doctors that coming back for the playoffs would or would not be possible, but he is holding out hope.

 

"[The injury] stinks but it’s one of those things where it happens. You hope you don’t get hurt when you play baseball but it’s not a career-threatening injury, I don’t think. The doctors are pretty excited that I can come back and play," said Youkilis. "Hopefully, we don’t know the timetable, we have to see when the stitches come out and all that, hopefully I can play in the playoffs. ... I might not be able to play...

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