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08/21/2011 - 11:50am
Ortiz on verge of testing injured heel

David Ortiz' right heel is scheduled to be re-examined Monday, with the potential of the designated hitter getting to remove his walking boot and start some running.

Ortiz took swings in the batting cage for a second straight day Sunday, and hopes to be able to rejoin the Red Sox' lineup at some point this week.

"Hopefully everything goes well and I'll be back (this) week," he said prior to the Red Sox series finale against the Royals Sunday morning. "I feel better. It doesn't feel like it used to. It was pretty bad. There was a lot of pain when I walk. It doesn't bother me when I hit, thought."

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that even though Ortiz' injured heel doesn't have to be subjected to playing the field due to the DH position, the team still plans on being cautious.

"Because he's a DH there's a little bit of wiggle room, but we still want him to move around," Francona said. "Going from a...

08/21/2011 - 11:49am
Lucic: Nose and toe are healed
By: DJ Bean

LOWELL -- Bruins' left wing Milan Lucic threw out the first pitch at the Lowell Spinners' game vs. the Batavia Muckdogs Friday at LeLacheur Park, and afterwards took time to reflect on the team's Stanley Cup championship season and the coming campaign. Lucic noted that he has kept in contact with linemate and friend Nathan Horton, who was knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs on a hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome, and said that Horton's "head is all good" after the right wing's concussion.

Lucic, who had developed a reputation as a big playoff performer (he has six goals in the last eight games in which the B's could eliminate an opponent), was forced to deal with injuries throughout the team's playoff run. Though he did not miss a game in the postseason, he dealt with a sinus infection and broken nose over the course of the playoffs, and suffered a broken toe when rookie Tyler Seguin hit him with a slapshot in practice during the...

08/21/2011 - 10:04am
Lineup: Ellsbury out again, Reddick ninth

KANSAS CITY -- Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury gets one more day to heal the contusion on his back -- suffered when he was hit by a pitch Friday night, with Darnell McDonald manning center and Josh Reddick getting the start in right field and hits ninth against Royals left-hander starter Danny Duffy.

Jason Varitek will be catching Lester for just the fifth time this season, with the lefty having totaled a 1.88 ERA in his four previous outings throwing to the veteran catcher.

Here is the Red Sox lineup in the teams' series finale at Kauffman Stadium:

Marco Scutaro SS

Darnell McDonald CF

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Jed Lowrie 3B

Ryan Lavarnway DH

Carl Crawford LF

Jason Varitek C

Josh Reddick RF

Jon Lester P

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/20/2011 - 9:52pm
Ellsbury to sit out series finale

KANSAS CITY -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said following his team's 9-4 loss to the Royals Saturday night that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury wouldn't play Sunday in the teams' series finale.

Ellsbury, who sat out Saturday, is recovering from a contusion in the middle of his back suffered when hit by an 88 mph fastball from Kansas City reliever Everett Teaford in the eighth inning of the Red Sox' win Friday night.

"I don't think we'll play him tomorrow, give him another day for sure," Francona said. "He's pretty sore. He's moving around OK, though. He's trying to rally a little bit."

 

Ellsbury underwent an MRI, which didn't reveal any structural damage.

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08/20/2011 - 9:04pm
Bullpen leaves Wake still searching for 200

KANSAS CITY -- Tim Wakefield fell short of becoming the 108th major league pitcher to claim 200 wins, with the Sox unraveling in the sixth inning via the Royals ' eight-run frame. The result was a 9-4 win for KC, Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Wakefield carried a 4-1 lead into the sixth, but would be forced to give way to reliever Matt Albers with the Sox clinging to a one-run lead and the potential game-tying run at second. The Sox relief pitcher promptly walked Salvador Perez and then took the decision away from Wakefield by giving up an RBI single to Chris Getz.

After a Alcides Escobar ground out, Albers succumbed to back-to-back run-scoring hits from Alex Gordon and Melky Cabrera to had the Royals the lead for good. Albers would finish his outing giving up five runs on three hits and two walks, raising his ERA from 2.84 to 3.71.

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