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07/18/2012 - 4:49pm
Crawford 'surprised' by trade rumors

Carl Crawford responded Wednesday to reports of trade talks that have linked his name to the Marlins. Crawford, who is 4-for-7 with four runs, one run batted in, a walk and three stolen bases since his return from an elbow injury, said he was surprised to hear the rumors.

“Yeah, I was surprised,” Crawford said. “I’m still surprised right now, but there is nothing you can really say about that.”

A potential deal reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale involving Crawford and a prospect being dealt to the Marlins for Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell would involve $239 million in guaranteed contracts. Even with the rumors swirling, Crawford said that he would not let it bother him.

“I hadn’t really heard too much about [the potential trade], but there is really nothing to say...

07/18/2012 - 4:42pm
Source: Sox not looking to move Crawford

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have not pursued the idea of trading left fielder Carl Crawford. The team, according to the source, did receive inquiries about whether it wanted to part with Crawford in what would have been tantamount to a salary dump; the Sox quickly rebuffed those inquiries.

Crawford is 4-for-7 with three steals in two games since returning from the disabled list. He's in the second year of a seven-year, $142 million deal.

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07/18/2012 - 2:45pm
Ross batting third, Gomez at DH

With David Ortiz on the disabled list, Mauro Gomez -- having been called up with Ortiz sidelined -- will bat sixth and serve as designated hitter. Cody Ross moves up from the middle of the order to the top of the order, batting in Ortiz's customary third spot, as the Red Sox prepare to face White Sox left-hander Pedro Hernandez in his major league debut.

With a lefty on the mound for Chicago, Kelly Shoppach will be behind the plate for Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront. For a look at the White Sox' histories against Doubront, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Crawford, LF
Ross, RF
Gonzalez, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
Gomez, DH
Aviles, SS
Shoppach, C...

07/18/2012 - 1:54pm
Ortiz to DL, Gomez returns to roster

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview on WEEI's The Big Show, said that the second opinion on David Ortiz's injured right Achilles aligned with the first diagnosis, suggesting that the DH will be unavailable for 10-14 days as a result of the injury he incurred on Monday while running the bases after Adrian Gonzalez's home run. As such, Valentine said, Ortiz will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. In his absence, slugger Mauro Gomez has been called back up from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Said Valentine: "He got a second opinion and it was the same opinion he got here, which said that he's gong to be 10 to 14 days, so we're putting him on the disabled list and we're activating Mauro Gomez."

Ortiz is hitting .316 with a .414 OBP, .609 slugging mark, 1.024 OPS, 23 homers and 58 RBI. He had an 11-game hitting streak, including a run of 10 straight games with at least one hit and one walk, at the time of his injury.

Gomez...

07/18/2012 - 1:27pm
Report: Crawford-for-Hanley talks not active

USA Today reported on Wednesday afternoon that the Red Sox and Marlins are discussing a deal that would send Sox left fielder Carl Crawford to the Marlins in exchange for infielder Hanley Ramirez and reliever Heath Bell. The report suggested that Marlins top talent evaluator Dan Jennings is in Boston scouting Crawford, but quoted Sox GM Ben Cherington as saying that the Sox "have not offered Carl to a single team. ... We have not pursued anything on Carl Crawford."

Shortly after the USA Today report was published, Buster Olney of ESPN (via twitter) suggested that the potential blockbuster was not being discussed actively: "Sources:There is no current discussion involving Crawford and Hanley Ramirez/Heath Bell. Was...

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