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08/13/2010 - 8:03pm
Pedroia cleared to rehab with PawSox

After his scheduled visit with Dr. George Theodore, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was cleared to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. Pedroia, who has been out since suffering a broken foot on June 25, is slated to play second base on Saturday, to serve as designated hitter on Sunday and then, following an off-day on Monday, to return to the Red Sox' big league club on Tuesday.

 

Manager Terry Francona told reporters in Texas that Pedroia sent him a straightforward text to convey the news: "I'm back."

 

For more Red Sox news, click here.


08/13/2010 - 6:00pm
Light on Big Show: O-line 'going 100 mph'

Patriots offensive Matt Light called in to The Big Show Friday afternoon following the team's 27-24 win over the Saints in the team's first preseason game of the season. Despite the win, Light said that coach Bill Belichick made sure to keep the team grounded.

 

"You get into the first preseason game, and things were going pretty good," he said. "First series didn't go as well as it should have been. We missed an opportunity with good field position. The second drive was 12, 14 plays whatever it was, and we went down and scored. But there were a lot of things I think that we can build on and we did pretty well, but there's still a bit of room."

 

Also, as the unofficial leader of the offensive line, Light commented on not having guard Logan Mankins in camp due to a contract dispute.

 

"Does it hurt not having Logan in there? Yeah, I can't lie to you," said Light. "I've...

08/13/2010 - 5:34pm
Belichick: 'Tough break' for Pats, Warren
By: DJ Bean

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick elaborated on the team's decision to put Ty Warren on injured reserve Friday. The team also brought back defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess from a brief attempt at retirement.

 

"[It was a] tough break of Ty but we have to move on. He's missed quite a bit of time the last couple of years, so we've had to deal with that anyway," Belichick said. "It's unfortunate, but unfortunately that's part of the game, so we'll just move ahead."

 

Belichick spoke highly of Gerard Warren, who is likely to replace Ty Warren at left defensive end. The coach also noted that the hip injury that is causing Warren's season to end before it begins was something the team thought could require surgery.

 

"We knew a little while ago that there was a possibility that it might be for a longer period of time," Belichick said. "There was also a...

08/13/2010 - 4:55pm
Lineups: Beckett kicks off Texas series
By: DJ Bean

For just the second time in the last seven games, shortstop Marco Scutaro will be hitting second in the Red Sox' lineup behind center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Josh Beckett will go for the Sox in the first of three with the Rangers as they look to forget about an ugly loss in the ninth inning to the Blue Jays Thursday.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, SS

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Mike Lowell, 1B

8. Ryan Kalish, LF

9. Jed Lowrie, 2B

SP -- Josh Beckett

 

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


08/13/2010 - 4:54pm
Lineups: Ellsbury back at leadoff

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, after spending four games at the bottom of the order this week, has been reinstated as the leadoff hitter for Friday's contest against the Rangers. After going 0-for-16 while batting leadoff in his first four games off the disabled list, Ellsbury was bumped to the ninth spot for the next four games. There, he hit .267 (4-for-15) while stealing five bases.

 

Here is the Red Sox lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Rangers, leaders of the AL West. For complete matchup histories, click here.

 

RED SOX

Ellsbury, 8

Scutaro, 6 ...

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