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08/01/2012 - 3:54pm
Sox recall Lavarnway, place Nava on DL

The Red Sox recalled Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket where he was hitting .295 with a .376 OBP, .439 slugging mark and .815 OPS along with eight homers in 83 games. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, they placed Daniel Nava on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

With David Ortiz on the DL with his Achilles injury and both Mike Aviles (toe) and Kelly Shoppach (shin) dealing with injuries that, while not severe enough to lead them to the disabled list, have circumscribed their availability, the Sox elected to call up Lavarnway to add a right-handed option to the bench.

Lavarnway hit .231/.302/.436 in 39 at-bats with the Sox late in the 2011 season, including two home runs, while serving as the starting catcher on the final two days of the season. 

"I loved him in spring training and since he's continued to make improvements," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "Offensively, [PawSox manager Arnie...

08/01/2012 - 3:38pm
Bailey begins rehab assignment

Reliever Andrew Bailey worked a scoreless inning in the Gulf Coast League with two strikeouts, while allowing one hit as the pitcher begins to make his way back to the big leagues. Bailey had surgery on his thumb in April and has not pitched for the Sox this season.

The two-time All-Star was acquired last December from Oakland along with Ryan Sweeney for three players including outfielder Josh Reddick.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/01/2012 - 2:31pm
Bobby V on Olney: 'Who gives a darn?'

Appearing on The Big Show on Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine responded to ESPN analyst Buster Olney's contention on Mut & Merloni that there was discontent in the clubhouse by saying it was "absolutely ridiculous."

"He's also discontent that I wouldn't go on the show with him when he does Sunday Night Baseball and he's crying a little here because I wouldn't let him interview me in the fourth inning," Valentine said. "So, we have to understand the source here. I understand Buster. He's really a hard-working guy. He's so hard-working he's always on these talk shows that he has to make sure he's gathering information for you guys. Who gives a darn what he says about that situation?

"Why don't we hear about Kirk Gibson and how many of the players don't like him or about Jim Leyland and who's upset with...

08/01/2012 - 2:18pm
Lineup: Kalish returns, Ross to DH

Ryan Kalish will make his return to the Red Sox lineup as they play the third game of their series with the Tigers at Fenway. Kalish hit .217/.238/250 in 60 at-bats with the Sox before returning to the minors on July 7. He was recalled after Ryan Sweeney injured his hand punching a dugout wall during Monday's game.

With Kalish in right, Cody Ross will assume designated hitter duties and Jarrod Salatlamacchia will take over behind the plate for pitcher Aaron Cook. Here's the rest of the lineup that will face Tiger starter Rick Porcello:

Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross DH
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Kalish RF
Ciriaco SS

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/01/2012 - 2:01pm
Bobby V: Beckett DL stint unlikely

Appearing as a guest on The Big Show on Wednesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he didn't think Josh Beckett would require a trip to the disabled list after his back tightened up in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

"I doubt that. It doesn't seem like a DL," Valentine said. "But again, when Josh left last night he was tight. The trainer's report so far today and Ben [Cherrington] had talked to Josh, was it just a little tight and we'll take it, as we do, day by day."

Beckett had retired the first eight hitters but ran into trouble in the third inning. Valentine said that Beckett may have hit a different landing spot on the mound, which was already beginning to get wet from rain. 

As for the boos that Beckett heard when he left the game, Valentine said, "I have a lot of other things to worry about. Josh is a big boy and we're all big boys and I've been booed, other guys have been...

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