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07/19/2012 - 9:01pm
Ross again: Walkoff HR lifts Sox to win

Cody Ross did it again for the Red Sox, belting a three-run, game-winning walkoff homer to the Monster seats in left in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Red Sox to a dramatic 3-1 win over the White Sox Thursday night at Fenway.

For six innings, White Sox rookie Jose Quintana was nearly unhittable. He retired 18 of the first 19 batters, with only Pedro Ciriaco reaching on a triple to left-center with two outs in the third after the first eight Red Sox went down in order. Quintana allowed five hits over eight scoreless innings, striking out two and walking none.

Clay Buchholz was nearly as impressive, allowing his only run in the fourth when Adam Dunn opened with a leadoff walk, Paul Konerko singled Dunn to third and Alex Rios drove Dunn home with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Buchholz held the White Sox to just six hits and one run over eight strong innings, throwing 107 pitches, striking out six and walking just one. 

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07/19/2012 - 8:12pm
Melo injured in C's summer league loss

Jimmer Fredette's 19 points led a balanced Kings attack in a 91-82 defeat of the Celtics in the Las Vegas summer league, and Fab Melo's bruised left hand added injury to insult.

Melo grabbed three rebounds in 13 scoreless minutes and will be re-examined by the C's training staff. He joins fellow Syracuse product and Celtics second-round selection Kris Joseph (hyperextended knee) on the injury list. The C's also played without JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore and Sean Williams, all of whom appear headed to the Rockets along with a second-round pick in a sign-and-trade deal for restricted free agent swingman Courtney Lee, according to multiple reports.

The Celtics fell to 2-1 in Las Vegas and 6-2 overall after finishing 4-1 in Orlando last week. Dionte Christmas led the C's with 19 points against Sacramento, while Jared Sullinger grabbed 10 rebounds but scored only six points. Fredette and Thomas Robinson (15 points, 16 rebounds) led five Kings in...

07/19/2012 - 6:19pm
Report: Five Pats rookies fail physicals

Five Patriots rookies failed their physicals on Thursday, according to Howard Balzer of Sirius/XM Radio. Seventh-round pick Jeremy Ebert and undrafted rookies Justin Francis, Matt Roark, Jeremiah Warren and Markus Zusevics all failed their physicals, according to Balzer. Ebert, a wide receiver out of Northwestern who was limited in spring camps, was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list, while the other four were placed on the non-football injury list.

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07/19/2012 - 5:53pm
Sox send Germano to Cubs for cash

The Red Sox sent right-hander Justin Germano to the Cubs in exchange for cash considerations. Germano was designated for assignment on July 13, when the team activated Jacoby Ellsbury from the 60-day disabled list. He appeared in just one game for the Red Sox, logging 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief on July 7.

Prior to that, Germano -- who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in the offseason that included a July 1 opt-out -- was one of the top pitchers in the International League. In 17 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, the 29-year-old was 9-4 with a 2.40 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 13 walks in 105 innings.

The trade is the third between the Sox and Cubs since former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein went to the Cubs as their president of baseball operations, following the compensation agreement for Epstein's departure (in which the Cubs sent Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz to the Sox, with Jair Bogaerts going back to Chicago) and a swap of...

07/19/2012 - 4:46pm
Bobby V: No 'gaping holes on our team'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine suggested that, as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, he is comfortable with his team's current roster and doesn't feel a pressing need for a deal to address needs.

"I like my team. I like my pitching. I like our offense, our defense. If [GM Ben Cherington] feels that there's a way of improving on what we have, I'll be all for that, too. But I don't see any gaping holes on our team," Valentine said. "All I can tell you is that Ben works as hard, as much, as diligently as anybody I've ever been around. If there's something he can do to improve our team, I'm sure he's going to do it. I don't know that there'll be one thing or many things or no things. But I'll guarantee you all avenues will be explored."

Earlier on Thursday, Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino said on the Dennis...

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