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08/05/2010 - 9:47pm
Saltalamacchia gets first PawSox hit, RBI

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia got his first hit and drove in his first run as a member of the Red Sox organization Wednesday when he smashed an RBI double to right-center for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Saltalamacchia, who started at catcher for the PawSox in their against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, was 0-for-6 since the Red Sox acquired him in a deadline deal for three prospects last season. For Texas' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, the 25-year-old hit .244 to go along with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 63 games.

 

For more on Saltalamacchia's transition to the Red Sox system and his plans for the future, visit the Full Count blog. For more Red Sox coverage, go to the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/05/2010 - 7:22pm
Source: Delgado to Sox may be 'reach'

While there is always a chance that Carlos Delgado could sign with the Red Sox — they are searching for a left-handed hitting first baseman and that’s exactly what the 38-year-old is — a source familiar with the situation said Delgado filling the Sox’ void “seems a reach, but you never know.”

 

The source suggests the Red Sox will first monitor which players pass through trade waivers in the coming days. And while Delgado has drawn interest from the Sox in the past — and is, according to the Boston Herald, ready to participate in a workout for the Red Sox in the coming days — there are concerns regarding the fact he hasn’t played in the big leagues since May 10, 2009, having spent the 15 months recovering from hip surgery. Still, the Sox are keeping in open mind as Delgado’s return seemingly draws near.

 

Another factor in weighing the potential acquisition of...

08/05/2010 - 5:50pm
Epstein on Youk: 'It's a blow'

Theo Epstein met with reporters Thursday and discussed the impact of Kevin Youkilis' impending season-ending surgery. The first baseman will have surgery Friday morning in Cleveland to correct a tear in the adductor muscle of his right thumb.

 

"We lose a big part of our heart and soul," said Epstein. "One of the best hitters, one of the best players in the league. It's a blow."

 

Epstein said the team would "monitor" the trade market to see what might be available, but added that any deal for help at first base would be more of a complementary move. He added that the team would first give Mike Lowell a chance to show how much he can play before considering a deal. Lowell will start at first base Thursday and both Epstein and Terry Francona noted that Lowell will start four of the next five games.


08/05/2010 - 4:48pm
Shaq challenges critical TV host to fight

New Celtic Shaquille O'Neal took to his Twitter feed to lash out at ESPN's Jim Rome, challenging the talk show host to a boxing match and offering to donate his salary to charity should he lose.

 

On "Rome is Burning" Wednesday, Rome said the Celtics should not sign the free agent center, insisting O'Neal had not lived up to expectations in his long career that included three championships with the Lakers. Added Rome: You never approached the game with the dedication and discipline of Kobe Bryant," the former teammate with whom O'Neal had a public feud.

 

In his response, mixed in among insults, O'Neal challenged Rome to a boxing match at the ESPN studios.

 

Tweeted Shaq:

 

Those that dnt respect your hard work, its ok, make em respect u as a person.

 

If u wanna see shaq box jim rome live on espn. I do if he wins ill donate my salary to a...

08/05/2010 - 4:12pm
Season-ending surgery for Youkilis
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis will have surgery on Friday and will miss the remainder of the season, manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday. 

 

Youkilis suffered a torn muscle in his right thumb in Monday night's game against the Indians. Francona had said on Wednesday that Youkilis would be traveling to the Cleveland Clinic to be examined by Dr. Thomas Graham.

 

"He'll be immobilized for approximately six weeks and then be reevaluated from there," Francona said. "I think Youkilis was pretty resolved to the fact that this was probably going to happen."

 

Youkilis was initially placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, prompting Mike Lowell to emerge as the team's regular first baseman. The 31-year-old Youkilis was hitting .307 with 19 homers and 62 runs batted on the season. He had a .411 on-base percentage and .564 slugging percentage. 

 

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