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09/24/2010 - 5:30pm
No plans to start Lester on short rest

NEW YORK -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that, while there had been some conversation earlier this month about the possibility of having starter Jon Lester pitch on short rest in order to give him an extra start in his pursuit of 20 victories, the team had decided against such a course. Lester, who is 18-8 with a 3.06 ERA, will start on Saturday against the Yankees and again next week against the White Sox.

 

In early September, when the team was considering having Clay Buchholz pitch on short rest, having Lester do the same was a consideration. But while the Red Sox could have pushed up Lester's start against the Yankees to Friday, thus giving him a chance at a total of three more starts this year (one of which would have had to come with short rest), the team decided against it, particularly given that Lester is already at 197 innings for the year, and will soon surpass 200 innings for the third straight season.

 

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09/24/2010 - 4:03pm
Carucci: Beating Bills won't answer questions
By: DJ Bean

NFL.com senior writer Vic Carucci joined The Big Show on Friday and, having attended both of the Patriots' games this season, said that, "'concerned' would be the right word to use" regarding the team's play in the second half. Last week, the Patriots were outscored 18-0 by the Jets in a 28-14 loss at the Meadowlands.

 

With a home game this week against Buffalo, Carucci said the Patriots will not have the opportunity to truly answer the questions people are asking about them because the Bills have "gone backwards a lot" last season. 

 

"Will this game tell me something about their mindset or character? Things that are reflective of how they respond to a poor showing last week, and maybe a poor half," Carucci said. "In their mind, it might be close to five quarters of football where you're scratching you're head a little bit and you're saying, 'What do the Patriots really have?' This...

09/24/2010 - 3:21pm
Bills Friday practice report: Posluszny out

Bills star linebacker Paul Posluszny will miss his second straight game after injuring his knee in the season-opening loss to the Dolphins. Here is Buffalo's complete injury report from Friday:

 

Bills Practice Report for Friday

Did Not Practice

LB Paul Posluszny (knee) OUT

 

Full Participation

S Cary Harris (hamstring) Probable

LB Keith Ellison (knee) Probable

G Andy Levitre (neck) Probable


09/24/2010 - 3:12pm
Pats Friday injury report: Edelman full-go

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman [foot] was taken completely off the injury list on Friday and fully participated in practice, and is expected to close to 100 percent for Sunday's game against the Bills. Fred Taylor [toe] also practiced fully and is listed as probable for the game. The complete Patriots participation report is as follows: 

 

Patriots Practice Report for Friday

 

Did Not Practice

WR Taylor Price (ankle) Questionable

OL Nick Kaczur (back) OUT

CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) OUT

 

Full Participation

 

QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) Probable

RB Fred Taylor (toe)

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.


09/24/2010 - 2:46pm
Lineups: Beckett aims to improve vs. NYY

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox begin a three-game set with the Yankees in New York on Friday in a game that matches up Josh Beckett against Andy Pettitte. Beckett has struggled mightily against New York this season, going 0-2 with with an 11.17 earned run average in four starts. 

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, 2B

2. J.D. Drew, RF

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. Adrian Beltre, 3B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Mike Lowell, 1B

7. Jed Lowrie, SS

8. Bill Hall, LF

9. Darnell McDonald, CF

SP -- Josh Beckett  

 

For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox.


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