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08/27/2011 - 10:42am
Atchison sent back down, Bowden recalled

After pitching three innings in relief Friday, allowing one run, Scott Atchison was sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Saturday's doubleheader with the A's at Fenway Park. The team recalled right-hander Michael Bowden to restock the bullpen for the long day of baseball, in case extra pitching is needed. Including his option at the end of spring training on March 25, Saturday marked the sixth time this season the 35-year-old Atchison has been optioned to Triple-A. 

The 24-year-old Bowden, who arrived at Fenway just a couple of hours prior to the noon opener of the twinbill, will be in his fourth stint with the Red Sox this season. He has posted a 1.29 ERA in six games out of the bullpen with Boston in 2011.  He has also pitched in 41 games for the PawSox this year, all in relief, going 3-3 with 16 saves, a 2.73 ERA and 61 strikeouts compared to 18 walks.

Bowden has held Triple-A hitters to a .218 average and has limited...

08/27/2011 - 9:51am
Francona: Lackey, Beckett, Lester for NYY

Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced before Saturday's doubleheader that he has set the rotation for the club's upcoming three-game series with the Yankees. 

John Lackey will get the call in the opener on Tuesday night, followed by Josh Beckett on Wednesday and Jon Lester on Thursday. 

"We're staying right in order," Francona said. "Obviously, we're going to have some things to think about going forward, depending on how much baseball we play and when we play."

Lackey is 2-0 this season against the Yankees but with a 7.36 ERA and nine runs allowed in two starts. Beckett has been the most dominant Sox pitcher against New York this season, with a 3-0 record and a 1.00 ERA in four starts. Lester is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in three starts against the division rival.

The Red Sox have dominated the Yankees this season, winning 10 of the first 12 meetings between the archrivals.

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08/27/2011 - 9:36am
Game 2 of Sox-A's resuming at 9:25

The Red Sox and A's were within three outs of turning the second contest of their day-night double header into an official game. However, with the Sox up 3-0, a runner on first, no outs and a 2-2 count for A's leadoff man Jemile Weeks in the top of the fifth inning, heavy rains forced the umpiring crew to call for the tarp to be rolled back onto the field at Fenway Park at 8:27 p.m.

After a nearly one hour rain delay, however, the two teams returned to the field at 9:25 p.m. Sox starter Erik Bedard had to be pulled after four innings and 78 pitches, giving way to reliever Alfredo Aceves, who is in prime position to improve his career record to 23-2.

The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second on a David Ortiz two-run homer, and added on another run with a Jarrod Saltalamacchia RBI groundout in the bottom of the fourth. But with the rain intensifying as Weeks fouled off four 2-2 pitches from Erik Bedard, the umpires felt compelled to halt play....

08/27/2011 - 8:32am
Lineup: Lowrie out, Aviles at 3B for Game 1

After an 0-for-5 performance at the plate Friday night with a career-high four strikeouts, Jed Lowrie could use a day off, or at least part of the day off. The Red Sox infielder will not start for the first time since August 13 and will be replaced by his fellow utilityman Mike Aviles at third base for Saturday's first game of a doubleheader against the A's. Aviles returns to the infield after playing left field to mixed results Friday night.

Lowrie's struggles Friday night, which he called a "horse [expletive] night," are not the only reason why the 27-year-old finds himself out of the starting nine Saturday. Lowrie is hitting just .213 against righties this season, and with Oakland right-hander Guillermo Moscoso set to take the hill, the move to keep Lowrie out of the lineup seems like an easy one.

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08/26/2011 - 11:18pm
Francona: Wakefield doesn't need rest

In his six attempts at career victory No. 200, Tim Wakefield is now 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA. For the year, he is 6-6 with a 5.10 ERA and he has reached 130 innings, nearing his total from 2010 and surpassing his workload of 2009.

As such, and given his struggles later in games, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked whether the knuckleballer could benefit from extra rest before his next start. The Sox skipper declined to suggest as much.

"I bet you every pitcher might be able to benefit from a little of downtime. I just think Wake had a tough night," said Francona. "This last streak he’s been on when he’s trying to get this win, there’s been a lot of things happen where he’s left this game with leads and we’ve given them up or something has happened. Nah, he’s OK. He’s worked hard so he can do this. I think he’s OK.”

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