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09/09/2012 - 2:21pm
Matsuzaka might be done in Sox rotation

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that he was "not sure" whether Daisuke Matsuzaka would remain in the rotation going forward after allowing five runs in 1 1/3 innings on Saturday. 

"We’re going to have some meetings here with him, too. He was very disappointed yesterday, and so was I," Valentine said. "I was disappointed he didn’t come out in the second inning the way he threw in the first inning. There’s got to be a way of replicating." 

Matsuzaka's numbers this year are atrocious. He is 1-5 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts. He's made just two quality starts this year. While Matsuzaka started the year on the DL so he could complete his rehab from Tommy John surgery in June 2011 and landed back on the DL twice with issues in his upper trapezius muscle, Valentine said that he did not think that the right-hander's struggles are a byproduct of the surgery. 

The Sox have...

09/09/2012 - 12:52pm
Ortiz: 'I'm not going to push it again'

David Ortiz reported improvement since the PRP injection he received almost two weeks ago to promote healing in his injured right Achilles. However, while he suggested he's "been feeling totally different ... when it comes to healing," the slugger -- who spent several days not walking after the injection, did not travel during the West Coast trip and now is wearing a protective boot on his right foot -- said that he's still in the healing process, rather than healed.

"I'm not there yet. I'm not there," he said. "When they do that PRP thing, they kind of dig in there. They're adding something that wasn't there. That's got to go back in place and start the healing process. Like everybody knows, that's now a two-week thing. So I'm pretty sure that after they get the boot off, I'm going to start getting treatment different than what I'm getting right now. It all depends now how sensitive still I get to be down there. They think step...

09/09/2012 - 10:41am
Bequette, Fells among Pats inactives

Rookies Jake Bequette, Justin Francis and Marcus Forston are among the Sunday additions to the Patriots inactive list for the opener against the Titans in Nashville. Also inactive on Sunday will be tight end Daniel Fells, rookie defensive back Alfonzo Dennard, offensive lineman Nick McDonald and running back Shane Vereen. 

Dennard (hamstring), McDonald (shoulder) and Vereen (foot) were all ruled out as inactive before Sunday's game. Dennard and McDonald were ruled out on Saturday after being limited on Friday in practice. Vereen did not practice all week. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


09/09/2012 - 10:07am
Report: Mankins had torn ACL all of '11

Logan Mankins will make his 2012 debut in Nashville, one year after tearing his right ACL in the Monday night opener in Miami, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday. Schefter also reports Mankins tore his MCL in the same knee during the playoffs. Mankins went on to earn his fourth Pro Bowl berth at left guard. 

Mankins said during training camp that he played Super Bowl XLVI with the torn ACL but didn't mention that he played the entire season with the injury. Mankins also said during camp that he didn't have an MRI on his injured right knee anytime last season. 

Mankins had reconstructive surgery immediately after the Super Bowl and returned in time for the opening of training camp, marking a remarkable six-month recovery. Mankins also injured his left knee playing left tackle for the first time in his career on Christmas Eve...

09/08/2012 - 11:09pm
Red Sox all alone in cellar after latest loss

The Red Sox struggles continued, with their starting pitching letting them down again. This time it was Daisuke Matsuzaka's 1 1/3 inning outing doing the damage, with the hurler allowing five runs while throwing just 42 pitches. The end result was a 9-2 win for the Blue Jays Saturday night in a game that included two rain delays.

With the loss the Red Sox drop to 63-77 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games, and 15 of their last 19. The Red Sox starters have a 5.90 ERA since Aug. 1, and 9.98 ERA in their last 10 games. They have also pitched four or fewer innings five times in that 10-game stretch.

The Sox could never dig out from the hole dug by Matsuzaka, which included the righty allowing all five of his runs in the second inning. He was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before having to shut it down because of the first rain delay.

Also giving up runs for the Red Sox were Vicente Padilla, who surrendered a...

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