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07/25/2012 - 7:06am
Ortiz receives clearance to remove boot

In a text message to WEEI.com, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz wrote that he received clearance to remove the protective boot from his right foot Tuesday and will have his strained Achilles tendon re-evaluated Friday with the hope of swinging a bat this weekend.

Ortiz, who injured his Achilles July 16 while running home on Adrian Gonzalez' home run, is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Aug. 1. He did not accompany the team to Texas but will join the Sox when they play the Yankees in New York starting Friday.

During the stretch Ortiz has been out, the Red Sox are 24th in the major leagues in OPS (.669).

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


07/25/2012 - 6:58am
Mashup: Penn State loses sponsor

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that no players have indicated that they plan to transfer in the wake of the NCAA penalties announced a day earlier, but all the team's sponsors are not demonstrating the same loyalty.

The insurance company State Farm is pulling its ads from Penn State broadcasts, and General Motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal.

"We will not directly support Penn State football this year," State Farm spokesman Dave Phillips said Tuesday. "We just feel it was the best decision."

Other sponsors, including Pepsi, PNC bank and Highmark (Pennsylvania's largest health insurer) said they will stay on board.

Meanwhile, the school's credit rating could take a hit, as Moody's Investors Service announced that the school's Aa1 rating is in jeopardy due to potential for a decline in enrollment and fundraising.

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07/25/2012 - 6:12am
A-Rod breaks hand in Yankees' loss

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez broke his hand when he was hit by a pitch in the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday night in Seattle and is headed to the disabled list.

"It's difficult," said Rodriguez, who suffered a non-displaced fracture on the outside of the left hand. "Tough break."

Rodriguez was hit by an 88 mph changeup from Feliz Hernandez, who also hit Ichiro Suzuki and Derek Jeter in the frame before being pulled.

"It was getting away," said an apologetic Hernandez. "It was a changeup to A-Rod. I feel bad."

Rodriguez is hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs through 94 games. He was hitting .328 over his last 16 games before Tuesday.

The Yankees refused to speculate on how long Rodriguez will be out until he meets with team physician Dr. Chris...

07/24/2012 - 10:48pm
Aviles, Buchholz key Sox win over Texas
By: WEEI

A two-out RBI single from Mike Aviles in the ninth inning lifted the Red Sox to a 2-1 win over the Rangers Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas. Clay Buchholz tossed seven innings of four-hit ball for the Red Sox, who snapped a four-game skid. Will Middlebrooks had a pair of hits, Vicente Padilla (4-0) got the win in relief, and Alfredo Aceves tossed a scoreless ninth for his 21st save of the season.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI double from Kelly Shoppach, but the Rangers knotted the game at one in the last of the sixth when Elvis Andrus scored on a Josh Hamilton groundout. That set the stage for Aviles in the ninth. After Texas closer Joe Nathan recorded the first two outs, Daniel Nava and pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia worked him for walks before Aviles lined a 3-2 pitch into left-center to score Nava with the game-winner.

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07/24/2012 - 6:44pm
Crawford on hitting seventh: 'I'm cool with it'

Speaking to reporters before Tuesday night's game with the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford said he has no problem with manager Bobby Valentine's decision to hit him seventh.

Crawford had told WEEI.com on July 16 that he was still upset after being dropped out of the No. 2 spot by former Red Sox manager Terry Francona after two games last season. But after talking to Valentine, and understanding his return from an elbow injury was still a work in progress, he was more accepting of the move this time around.

"Last year was more like trying to prove to the manager and all that kind of stuff, just fighting against myself, and this year I understand, OK, I might be at the bottom sometimes, I might be at the top," Crawford said. "I'm cool with it. I've come to grips that that...

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