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07/28/2010 - 2:43pm
Martinez: 'I've had plenty of off-days'

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez had originally been scheduled to sit out of the series finale between the Sox and Angels, not only because he had missed the previous four weeks while recovering from a broken left thumb but also because it was a day game after a night game. But the catcher approached manager Terry Francona following Tuesday's victory and insisted that he was ready to play in his third straight game.


"When we were shaking hands, he grabbed me and said, 'I'm playing tomorrow,'" said Francona.


Martinez, who is 1-for-8 with a walk and two strikeouts since returning, said that he is eager to make up for lost time after his time on the disabled list.


"I feel good. I think I’ve had plenty of off-days," said Martinez. "It’s not fun to watch the game from the bench. Like I say, I just want to be part of it and I’m just...

07/28/2010 - 12:39pm
Sox lineups: Patterson, McDonald in OF

The Red Sox lineup is out for their Wednesday afternoon game vs. the Angeles in Anaheim. With J.D. Drew's hamstring an issue, the outfield will consist of Jeremy Hermida, Eric Patterson and Darnell McDonald. Josh Beckett gets the start for the Sox, making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list. Joel Pineiro starts for the Angels. Click here for the matchups breakdown.


Here is the Boston batting order:


Scutaro SS

McDonald RF

Youkilis 1B

Ortiz DH

Martinez C

Beltre 3B

Hermida LF

Hall 2B

Petterson CF


07/28/2010 - 12:25pm
Francona on D&H: In Theo we trust

Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday from Anaheim for his weekly chat. Francona said he trusts general manager Theo Epstein will do what he can to help the team before Saturday's trade deadline. "He's trying his best, just like we do," Francona said. "We'll see what happens. ... If it makes sense for the organization, I know Theo's going to try to do something."


Francona said he's focused only on the players he's coaching, not on possible additions. Asked about one such player, Daniel Bard, Francona said he is trying to be careful about how much he uses the young reliever. "We really watch the workload," he said. "Bard won't pitch today, [Jonathan Papelbon] won't pitch today. ... We want our good pitchers pitching a lot. But we don't want them pitching too much."


Francona said J.D. Drew came up to him about five minutes before Tuesday...

07/28/2010 - 12:00pm
Four BC gridders named Preseason All-ACC

Boston College sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly and three Eagles offensive players — tackle Anthony Castonzo, guard Thomas Claiborne and running back Montel Harris — were named to the Preseason All-ACC team announced Wednesday. Voting was conducted by media at the ACC Football Kickoff on Sunday and Monday in Greensboro, N.C.


BC was second only to North Carolina in the number of players on the team. The Tar Heels had five spots — all on defense, as they ranked sixth nationally in total defense last season.


Check The BC Blog for more information, including the complete team.

07/28/2010 - 8:08am
Schilling: Lackey's reaction surprising

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss his video game company's controversial move to Rhode Island. Schilling also weighed in on the Red Sox, saying of the Sox at the trade deadline: "They're in a seven-day window in which three wins in a row can change everybody's perspective."


Asked about John Lackey's reaction to getting booed by fans of his former team Tuesday night in Anaheim, Schilling replied: "I don't know why he'd be offended. Listen, I was a part of two world championship teams here, and there's a lot of people in this state who hate me. ... This is a business. I was kind of surprised by that, because I assumed Lack was a guy who was like, 'Oh, whatever.' A lot of times when we leave places, we tend to value our contributions a lot more than other people."


Schilling also discussed the Jacoby Ellsbury injury situation and...

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