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08/03/2010 - 3:25pm
Lowell activated, will start at 1B; Youk to DL

At long last, Mike Lowell has been activated by the Red Sox and will make the start at first base in Tuesday night's matchup with the Indians. In a corresponding move, Kevin Youkilis was put on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his hand in at-bat during Monday's loss. Victor Martinez had originally been placed at first base with Kevin Cash catching, but Terry Francona put up a second draft of Tuesday's lineup after the roster moves were made. Below is the final draft of the Sox starting lineup:

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

McDonald, 8

Martinez, 2

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Lowell, 3

Lowrie, 4

Hall, 7

Kalish, 9

 

SP -- Beckett


08/03/2010 - 1:01pm
Ellsbury goes 3-for-5 in Pawtucket

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, back in Triple-A Pawtucket for a third rehab game, went 3-for-5 with a pair of singles (one to left, one to right), a double, a run scored and an RBI. He added a pair of lineouts as the designated hitter for the PawSox.

 

In three games with the PawSox, he is 7-for-14 (.500). The Red Sox said yesterday that Ellsbury would play in Pawtucket on Tuesday and then be re-evaluated on Wednesday to determine what the appropriate next step would be in his return from his non-displaced rib fractures.

 

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08/03/2010 - 12:33pm
Farrell on D&H: Pap still one of MLB's best

Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday afternoon and talked about the much-maligned Boston bullpen. Farrell remains confident that the existing group of relievers can do what's needed to get the Sox back into the AL East race. "Right now, we feel like this is the group that will close the 6 1/2-game game that we're staring at," he said.

 

As for closer Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save Sunday for the fifth time this season, Farrell said: "While it's easy to point to some of the miscues that might have been there, he's still one of the top three or four closers in the game, and I'd hate to see where we'd be without him."

 

Speaking about Tuesday's night's starter, Josh Beckett, Farrell said the team brought him along slowly and now has no reason to be concerned about his back. "When he goes to the mound, we look at him as if the back issue wasn't there...

08/03/2010 - 12:23pm
Video: 'Catch Up' on Tuesday's top stories

Tired of searching the entire Internet to get caught up on the world of sports and beyond? Get it all in one place, in less than two minutes, with WEEI.com’s all new daily video feature, “The Catch Up."  This new video, hosted by Pete Gustin, will be available every weekday at noon. Tuesday's premiere, which is embeded below, discusses the Sox' Monday night loss to the Indians, Jacoby Ellsbury's rehab assignment and a baseball team that lit its field on fire!


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08/03/2010 - 10:59am
Report: Favre tells Vikings he's done

According to multiple reports, Brett Favre told the Vikings Monday night that he will retire from football. Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Favre is expected to issue a press release Tuesday, although the Vikings feel they still can convince him to change his mind. Apparently, Favre's left ankle has not healed to his satisfaction after surgery in late May.


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