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08/30/2011 - 6:34pm
Middlebrooks headlines Sox AFL prospects

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, the consensus top prospect in the Red Sox system, will headline a group of six Boston prospects who play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. He will be joined by pitchers Jeremy Kehrt, Will Latimer and Brock Huntzinger, along with catcher Dan Butler and outfielder Alex Hassan.

Middlebrooks is hitting .167 in 11 games since his promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket. He was named the top hitting prospect in the Double-A Eastern League after hitting .302 with a .345 OBP, .520 slugging mark, .865 OPS and 18 homers for Portland. Hassan, who hit a two-run homer for the Portland Sea Dogs in the Futures at Fenway, is hitting .296 with a .411 OBP, .463 slugging mark, .874 OPS and 12 homers in Double-A. Butler is hitting .211 with a .599 OPS in 18 games with the Sea Dogs since his promotion from High-A Salem, where he hit .247 with a .766 OPS and 11 homers.

Kehrt, a right-hander, is 4-1 with a 4.28 ERA...

08/30/2011 - 4:42pm
Kraft: Ocho, Haynesworth are good guys

FOXBORO — Speaking with the media Tuesday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that newcomers Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth are very different than the image that has been painted for them by the media.

“[Ochocinco is] a lot different — both he and Albert Haynesworth — are a lot different than in my opinion that the media has portrayed them,” Kraft said. “[Ochocinco] is very self-contained and works very hard, and I know [he] wants to do well. He and Brady seem to have a great rapport.

“Haynesworth has been a gentleman,” adds Kraft. “I don’t know if you’ve heard him speak — he’s not the image on the NFL Network, with that mean face — I hope he is mean during the games. But everything I’ve seen. he’s a very likable fellow, and I hope both of them make great contributions.”

In their brief...

08/30/2011 - 3:58pm
Wakefield's next start pushed back

Tim Wakefield, who is sitting 199 career wins, will make his next start against Toronto next week, while Andrew Miller, Erik Bedard and John Lackey -- in that order -- will start against Texas this weekend, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

The date of Wakefield's next start has not been determined yet and Francona said Wakefield could pitch in relief if needed. "We can get him in the bullpen for a few days and then as he gets closer to that start he can get himself prepared for that too," Francona said. "We've got a doubleheader on the 19th that we need to think about." 

Bedard, who last pitched on Saturday against Oakland, will get a week between starts, but the decision ultimately affects Miller and Wakefield. Miller has had two strong starts since returning to the rotation and had his best game of the season in his last outing against Texas, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. Wakefield hasn't won since...

08/30/2011 - 3:42pm
Buchholz on throwing: 'No problem, no pain'

Clay Buchholz took to the Fenway Park outfield at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, throwing for the first time since being shut down with a back ailment after a July 25 bullpen session. After the exercise the pitcher reported, "It felt good. No problem, no pain."

Buchholz, who said he is in on Level 4 of a five-step rehabilitation program for his injured back, warmed up from 40 feet before throwing approximately 25 times from 60 feet.

"I've been running around the outfield, shagging and everything, throwing balls in, and probably throwing balls in harder than doing that than I did today so I didn't feel like there would be any problems going out today," Buchholz said. 

"Definitely feels good. It's been a while, been waiting for it. I notice everyday getting better and better, doing stuff I've been doing in the trainer's room. It definitely is gratifying to go out there and feel good and not feel like anything is going to...

08/30/2011 - 2:10pm
Lineup: McDonald in against Sabathia

The Red Sox will turn to John Lackey in hopes of continuing the season-long dominance over their rivals that is primarily responsible for Boston's lead in the AL East. The Sox are 10-2 against New York, the first time in 99 years that the team has gone 10-2 or better in its first dozen games against the Yankees.

With left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound, the Sox will have Darnell McDonald (1-for-10 against Sabathia) get the start in right field, with Josh Reddick sitting. Interestingly, despite terrific career numbers against the Yankees ace, Mike Aviles (6-for-13) will sit in favor of Jed Lowrie (3-for-12 vs. Sabathia) at third and Marco Scutaro (.314 average, .429 OBP in 43 plate appearances) at short.

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