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08/25/2012 - 8:12pm
Red Sox suspend Aceves three games

Fiery Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves was suspended three games by Red Sox management Saturday for "conduct detrimental to the team" after storming out of manager Bobby Valentine's office after Friday night's 4-3 win over the Royals. The suspension began with Saturday night's game against the Royals.

Andrew Bailey got the four-out save in Friday night's game when Jon Lester came out in the eighth inning with a leg issue. Bailey entered after Andrew Miller and Vicente Padilla relieved Lester. Aceves spoke to Valentine after the game and slammed the door after the meeting was over. 

Aceves leads the Red Sox with 25 saves in 32 chances this season. He threw 37 pitches in Thursday night's 14-13 loss to the Angels in 10 innings. He allowed a career high six hits in relief and five runs in his one inning of work and didn't retire a batter in the top of the 10th. He has blown three of his last six chances. 

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08/25/2012 - 5:56pm
Bobby V: 'Change was necessary'

Bobby Valentine reacted Saturday in the moments after the blockbuster trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. Asked directly if he felt the roster needed a major shakeup, Valentine pointed to the chemistry on and off the field. 

"Just didn't feel like it mixed as well as it should," said Valentine, who said his issues were not player specific. "No, it has nothing to do with the individuals in the trade."

Valentine agreed with the assumption that the organization felt this was the best time to make a change, alluding to his hire last November when he replaced Terry Francona as manager. 

"How could it not mean that?" Valentine said. "Just change. That's why I was hired, because change was necessary. When you get an opportunity for change, you change and you see if that's the change that was needed, I guess."

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08/25/2012 - 5:55pm
Cherington: 'We are not who we want to be'

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in a press conference to discuss the blockbuster sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility infielder Nick Punto the Dodgers for James Loney and four prospects, said that the trade was made after reaching the conclusion over nearly a year that the team was heading in the wrong direction.

While the general manager said that the Sox kept their nucleus intact during the trade deadline because "we wanted to give this group a little more time," by the time the Dodgers claimed Gonzalez and Beckett on waivers -- thus setting the deal in motion -- the conclusion was clear.

"It hasn't worked. It's on all of us," said Cherington. "I think we recognize that we are not who we want to be right now. And it's been a large enough sample performance going back to last year that we felt like in order to be the team that we want to be on the...

08/25/2012 - 3:31pm
Beckett: 'Greatly appreciative' to Sox fans

Pitcher Josh Beckett, one of four players the Red Sox are trading to the Dodgers, created a Twitter account while on a plane to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon and paid tribute to fans of his former team.

Wrote Beckett from @beck19bb: Hey this is josh beckett Just set this up to say thanks to the great fans of #redsox nation I enjoyed the good times we had.

Added Beckett a few minutes later: Even in the tough times I ran into so many wonderful people that were so awesome I'm Greatly appreciative to all of you #redsox nation fans.

Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto, on the plane with Beckett to join their new team, tweeted Beckett's Twitter handle.

For more on the trade and other Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/25/2012 - 2:21pm
Ortiz not in Saturday night lineup

A day after returning from a sore right Achilles, David Ortiz will sit out Saturday night as he rests the injury. This means the Red Sox lineup will be without their two biggest sluggers this season as Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Dodgers in a deal finalized on Saturday. 

Ortiz acknowledged lingering soreness in the Achilles after Friday night's game, a contest in which he went 2-for-4 with a double in Boston's 4-3 win over the Royals. After the double, Ortiz was spotted limping into the dugout. Bobby Valentine indicated on Friday that the plan was give Ortiz every other day off as he worked his way back into action. 

Ortiz, who is hitting .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs, returned on Friday after missing 35 games. The Red Sox went just 13-22 in his absence. 

The Red Sox will use Ryan Lavarnway as the DH while Jacoby Ellsbury will bat third for the second time in his career and Cody Ross will bat cleanup.

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