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07/14/2012 - 3:15pm
Sox option Gomez to clear Buchholz spot

ST. PETERSBURG -- With starter Clay Buchholz making his return from the disabled list, corner infielder Mauro Gomez is being optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Gomez was called up on July 4 to give the Red Sox a right-handed bat with Will Middlebrooks unavailable due to a hamstring injury. Gomez ended up making six starts (five at third base), hitting .333/.360/.458/.818 with three doubles.

Buchholz is 8-2 with a 5.53 ERA on the year, though he'd been excellent in his five starts before landing on the DL with esophagitis, going 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA, 31 strikeouts and seven walks in 37 innings.

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07/14/2012 - 3:12pm
Gonzalez: Back 'a two- to three-day thing'

ST. PETERSBURG -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, out of the lineup for a second straight day after being a late scratch prior to the start of Friday's game due to back spasms, said that his lower back is "a little bit better," but that he was not yet ready to play. In hopes of keeping his absence brief, the team and player felt it made sense to have him sit out at least on Saturday.

"I need to take it easy," said Gonzalez. "My back just locked up yesterday. Trying to move around in BP, it was just getting worse.

"I feel better right now," he added. "They just don’t want me to go out there, aggravate it and make it worse. Better to be a two- to three-day type thing than a DL thing."

Gonzalez stepped into the on-deck circle in the late innings of Friday's game as if to pinch hit, but he said that he was no more than a decoy in that situation. The first baseman actually told Sox manager...

07/14/2012 - 2:54pm
Gonzalez out, Lillibridge at first

ST. PETERSBURG -- Adrian Gonzalez, who was a late scratch from Friday's game with back spasms, is once again out of the lineup on Saturday against the Rays and All-Star left-hander David Price. The Sox will instead feature Brent Lillibridge at first base and batting eighth.

Clay Buchholz will be back on the mound for the Red Sox after missing the last three weeks due to esophagitis, throwing to catcher Kelly Shoppach. For a look at the batter vs. pitcher matchup histories of the Sox against Price and the Rays against Buchholz, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Ciriaco, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ross, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Aviles, SS
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07/14/2012 - 12:42pm
C's officially re-sign Garnett, Bass, Wilcox

WALTHAM -- While the Celtics aim for resolution of new contracts for Jeff Green and Jason Terry, they did officially welcome back Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox on Saturday.

Garnett's deal is for three years and $34 million, while Bass is back for three years and $20 million. Wilcox signed a one-year deal, believed to be for the league minimum. Those three are expected to form the backbone of the Celtics' frontcourt.

"That was a priority for us this summer, to get KG back," team president Danny Ainge said. "That was a great relief to get him back. He’s such a big part of who we are and going forward we think he has a lot of basketball left in him." 

Garnett was not in Waltham on Saturday, but Bass and Wilcox both expressed relief at being back with the team.

"I knew where I wanted to be," Bass said. "That was back in a green jersey."

Wilcox had emerged as the...

07/14/2012 - 12:03pm
New deals not done yet for Green, Terry

WALTHAM -- The Celtics held a press conference on Saturday morning to announce the free agent signings of Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. What they haven't done officially yet is sign Jeff Green and Jason Terry. Those deals are expected to be done soon, possibly this week, but the delays are the result of the team's maneuvering under the new collective bargaining agreement.

"We hope to resolve those sometime in the near future," team president Danny Ainge said. Ainge later added, "Things are moving forward."

The Celtics have been trying to swing a sign-and-trade agreement with the Mavericks for Terry, which would enable them to use the mid-level exception on another player. In order to take advantage of more favorable trade terms, they have to be below the luxury tax line of $70.3 million once the deal is complete. 

Green's agent David Falk was purposefully vague about the delay, only alluding to the...

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