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07/31/2010 - 7:54pm
Big Papi saves the day as Red Sox rally

David Ortiz doubled to left-center with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score three runs and lift the Red Sox to a dramatic 5-4 win on over the Detroit Tigers Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

 

Miguel Cabrera drilled a long two-run homer over the Green Monster off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first as the Tigers raced out to a 2-0 lead and built a 4-0 advantage before the Red Sox rallied with two in the seventh and Ortiz's 18th career walk-off hit in the ninth.

 

Two new additions to the Red Sox roster made contributions as Ryan Kalish started in left for Jeremy Hermida, who went from being the starting left field to being designated for assignment just prior to the game. And Dustin Richardson relieved Matsuzaka in the seventh inning, taking the spot of Ramon Ramirez, who was traded to San Francisco at the trading deadline.

 

Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect ninth to earn the win while former Yankee...

07/31/2010 - 7:43pm
Sox designate Lowell for assignment

The Red Sox announced following Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers that veteran Mike Lowell had been designated for assignment. The team will now have 10 days to either trade or release the veteran.

 

Lowell, acquired along with Josh Beckett from the Marlins after the 2005 season in exchange for Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and two other prospects, was hitting .213 with a .308 OBP, .350 slugging mark and .658 OPS, has been on the disabled list since late June due to his ailing right hip. The 36-year-old appeared in just 31 games this year for the Sox while being relegated to a reserve role once the team signed Adrian Beltre during the offseason.

 

But while Lowell was unhappy during his final months as a Red Sox, there had been far better times for him in his Boston career. Most notably, Lowell will be remembered for his role on the 2007 World Series winning club. He was named MVP of that Fall Classic after...

07/31/2010 - 6:29pm
DeJesus, bullpen were Red Sox' targets

The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and the Red Sox came away with some pieces that could help in the future in catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and pitcher Daniel Turpin. They also promoted outfield prospect Ryan Kalish, along with reliever Dustin Richardson, while also starting the process of integrating Felix Doubront into the bullpen.

 

There were a grouping of players, however, which the Sox felt like might immediately have an impact on the 2010 club which ended up being deemed not worth the investment.

 

A handful of potential late-inning relievers were in the Sox’ sights as the trade deadline’s final minutes ticked away, a group that included Seattle’s Brandon League, along with Scott Downs of Toronto and Kerry Wood of the Indians. What wasn’t available, despite reports, were the kind of closers who might have warranted giving up top prospects. Both Kansas City’s Joakim Soria (...

07/31/2010 - 4:59pm
Red Sox acquire catcher Saltalamacchia

The Red Sox acquired catcher Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for minor leaguers Chris McGuinness (1B) and Roman Mendez (P), along with a player to be named later and cash considerations. The 25-year-old backstop was the Rangers Opening Day catcher, but had been playing for Triple A Oklahoma City, hitting .244 with 11 homers in 63 games. Saltalmacchia played in just two games with the Rangers this season after totaling 84 appearances with Texas in 2009. 

 

McGuinness was a 13th round selection for the Red Sox in the 2009 draft and was hitting .298 with 12 homers for Single A Greenville. The 20-year-old Mendez had been pitching for Single A Lowell, where the 6-foot-2 righty was carrying a 4.36 ERA in eight starts.

 

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07/31/2010 - 4:17pm
Red Sox trade Ramon Ramirez to Giants

The Red Sox announced that right-hander Ramon Ramirez has been traded to the Giants. In return the Red Sox received minor league pitcher Daniel Turpen. The Sox have called up left-handed reliever Dustin Richardson to take Ramirez' place on the active roster.

 

The Sox had talked with the Mets over recent weeks about trading the right-hander to New York, but a major league source said that the two sides had not matched up. The Mets were interested in Ramirez, whom they viewed as a good buy-low candidate, and the two sides had discussed a swap of the Sox reliever for Rod Barajas before the catcher went on the disabled list. The two sides also discussed Ramirez for a prospect, but could not match up.

 

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