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07/23/2010 - 7:50pm
Bowden optioned to clear spot for Beckett

With the Red Sox in need of a roster spot for returning starter Josh Beckett, the team elected to option pitcher Michael Bowden back to Triple-A Pawtucket. Bowden had made three relief appearances in his new bullpen role since being called up, allowing three hits and walking two while not being charged with a run in three appearances.

 

"I'm disappointed, but I have a feeling I'll be back sooner rather than later," Bowden told reporters in Seattle.

 

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07/23/2010 - 6:29pm
Lineups: Lowrie at second, hitting second
By: DJ Bean

Two days after making his season debut at shortstop, infielder Jed Lowrie will start at second base in addition to hitting second in the batting order. With Lowrie at second, Bill Hall will be in left field, leaving Darnell McDonald on the bench. Josh Beckett makes his return from a back injury that has kept him out since May 18 while the Red Sox offense looks to step it up against Jason Vargas, whose 6-4 record says much less than his 2.97 ERA. 

 

RED SOX

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Jed Lowrie, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Mike Cameron, CF

8. Bill Hall, LF

9. Kevin Cash, C

SP -- Josh Beckett

 

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07/23/2010 - 5:45pm
Krejci mum as Wheeler nears arbitration
By: DJ Bean

Agent Matt Keator, who represents Bruins winger Blake Wheeler as well as defensemen Mark Stuart and Zdeno Chara, told WEEI.com Friday that the only update with Wheeler is that the "tickets for Toronto [the site of his Tuesday arbitration hearing] are booked." The two sides have not made progress in trying to avoid arbitration. Wheeler is currently on his honeymoon, and one of those in attendance at his wedding would shed little light on the situation. 

Center David Krejci took some time to speak with reporters after signing autographs for youngsters at the first Bruins summer camp on Friday. A friend of Wheeler's, Krejci was a bit hesitant to divulge anything when asked if he had kept in contact with the winger. 

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07/23/2010 - 4:21pm
Gammons: DeJesus-to-Sox 'out the window'

Peter Gammons told The Big Show on Friday afternoon that a rumored David DeJesus-to-the-Red Sox deal is "out the window." According to Gammons, the Kansas City outfielder, who injured his thumb crashing into the wall on a play against the Yankees in New York on Thursday night, will be out 4-6 weeks with the injury and will have surgery on Monday. It was believed that DeJesus had been one of the biggest outfield targets on the trade market, garnering interest from several contending teams, including the Red Sox. DeJesus was hitting .318 when he was injured.

 

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07/23/2010 - 12:58pm
Report: Welker ready to go for camp

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will be a full participant when training camp begins next week, according to a Friday morning report on Boston's CBS Radio.

If the report is accurate, that would mean Welker, who suffered a devastating left knee injury in the regular-season finale against the Texans in Houston, would not be placed on the physically unable to perform list as some had expected and instead be an active member of camp when it begins on July 29.

Throughout the spring practices, Welker was an active participant, working with the team in drills and stretching. Several reports indicated that Welker was ahead of schedule in his rehab. For his part, the wide receiver was asked a few times this spring about a possible return date, but has remained noncommittal throughout the process.

“I know the coaches and teammates have confidence in me just like I do them, and we’re just going to move along as quickly...

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