The Red Sox activated reliever Hideki Okajima Saturday. The left-hander last pitched for the Sox on August 5 and was put on the DL with a right hamstring strain the following day. He has struggled mightily this season, posting an ERA of 5.85 and a WHIP of 1.98.
Michael Bowden was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to make room for Okajima on the roster. Bowden has not pitched for the Sox since allowing three earned runs in 1.2 innings vs. the Blue Jays on August 20.
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According to a tweet by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has told friends he will not require the White Sox to extend his contract as part of a possible deal between the two teams.
There were several national reports Friday that suggested Ramirez would not accept a deal to the White Sox without an extension. Ramirez is in the final year of a two-year, $45 million deal that also includes a full no-trade clause.
The two teams have until 1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday to complete a trade.
The Red Sox and Rays will play the second-game of a three-game set Saturday night at Tropicana Field. The Sox moved to within 4.5 games of the Rays and Yankees in the AL East (and wild-card) race with a 3-1 win Friday, a victory fueled by a pair of Victor Martinez home runs and seven strong innings from Jon Lester.
Clay Buchholz (15-5, 2.26 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox on Saturday. Buchholz has won each of his last five decisions and leads the American League in ERA. Matt Garza (13-7, 3.62), who has allowed just a single run over his last two starts, gets the ball for the Rays.
Buchholz -- SP
According to a report in the Boston Herald, the results of an MRI taken on the right ankle of Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace Friday show only a sprain, and not a more serious injury.
It is not yet known how long Brace, who had seven tackles and a sack in Thursday's preseason loss to the Rams, will be out of action.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Victor Martinez hit a pair of solo home runs, and Jon Lester held Tampa Bay to just one run on two hits over seven innings, as the Red Sox claimed the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field, beating the Rays, 3-1, Friday night.
The victory, which brought the Sox within 4 1/2 games of Tampa Bay, was accomplished against Cy Young candidate, Tampa Bay starter David Price. Martinez helped get the visitors off on the right foot with a homer to left field in the first inning, and then added an insurance run with another long ball against Price in the seventh. Coming into the game the Tampa Bay lefty had allowed just one homer in three starts against the Sox.
Martinez also came up big defensively, expertly blocking the plate in the sixth inning as B.J. Upton was attempting to score the game-tying run from second on Jason Bartlett's single. With the catcher's maneuvering, and an on-target throw...
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.
Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?
The guys opened the show discussing the Giants 3rd World Series win in 5 years.
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We listen to a tribute to the late great Mayor Thomas Menino who passed away at the age of 71. Produced by Joe Zarbano.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the struggling Bruins.
Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.
Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.
We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
The morning show was having another great podcast, until the whole thing came to screeching halt. Halloween, Asian strippers and proctologists.
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