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08/08/2010 - 8:56pm
Pedroia eyes homestand for return

NEW YORK -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium Sunday night, Dustin Pedroia said he was extremely encouraged by his progress after running for a third straight day -- this time running the bases -- and hopes that he can make his return to the Red Sox' lineup when the team returns home Aug. 17. Pedroia, who has now been out of action for more than six weeks after breaking his foot, will take Monday off before attempting to continue his running program Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

 

"I hit, then I ran around the bases a couple of times. Jogged around the bases. I felt OK. Every day, it's getting better," said Pedroia, who still doesn't know if he is going to have to participate in a rehab assignment. "Three days ago, I thought I was out for the year. Now I feel like I can play soon. Every day's getting better."

 

Catcher Jason Varitek, who is also out with a broken foot, took batting...

08/08/2010 - 5:22pm
Burnett scratched from Sunday's start

Yankees starter A.J. Burnett has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Red Sox due to back spasms. In his place, Dustin Moseley, who was originally slated to go on Monday, will get the ball. 

 

The news of Burnett's scratch isn't entirely beneficial for the Red Sox, as Burnett is 0-1 with a 10.61 earned run average in his two starts against Boston this year. Additionally, with Moseley being moved up a day, so to will be Philip Hughes, who will now face the Red Sox Monday. 

 

The Red Sox and Yankees have...

08/08/2010 - 4:54pm
RJ's daughter recovering from accident
By: DJ Bean

Bridget Johnson, the 10-year-old daughter of Red Sox first base coach Ron Johnson, is currently recovering from a near-death experience last Sunday. Bridget's leg was severed when she was hit by a car while horseback riding in the family's home town of Nashville, Tenn. She remained in intensive care for five days before being moved into a private room at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, where the family has stayed.

 

Though the knee was severed at the knee immediately, a local came to Bridget's aid and saved her from bleeding out. The leg was stitched back to her body and doctors are awaiting whether her body can handle it. According to NewsChannel 5 in Tennessee, to whom Johnson spoke of the horrific accident, doctors did detect a pulse following the re-attachment but are unsure of whether or not it will adhere to the body.

 

The 54-year-old Johnson, who...

08/08/2010 - 4:38pm
Lineups: Martinez at first

Victor Martinez will be at first base Sunday with Kevin Cash behind the plate as the Red Sox look to gain ground on the Yankees after splitting the series' first two games. Josh Beckett will be on the hill for the Red Sox against A.J. Burnett, who is 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA vs. Boston this season.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, SS

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Victor Martinez, 1B

5. J.D. Drew, RF

6. Adrian Beltre, 3B

7. Ryan Kalish, LF

8. Bill Hall, 2B

9. Kevin Cash, C

SP -- Josh Beckett

 

For more on the game, including batter vs. pitcher matchups, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/08/2010 - 3:44pm
Morrow falls one out shy of no-no
By: DJ Bean

Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow became the second pitcher this season to have a no-hit bid broken up with two men out in the ninth inning Sunday when Rays third baseman Evan Longoria reached on an infield single. Morrow came back to strike out Dan Johnson to end the game, capping an electrifying 17-strikeout performance in a 1-0 Blue Jays win.

 

Morrow, who improved to 9-6 with the victory, threw 137 pitches on the day and walked two batters. It was the first complete game of the 26-year-old's career. Prior to Sunday, the deepest Morrow had pitched into a game this season was eight innings, a feat accomplished in a 5-0 victory over the Cardinals on June 24.

 

The one-hitter was the 19th in Blue Jays history. There have been five no-hitters in the majors this season, including two perfect games. In coming one out shy, Morrow joins Tigers starter Armando Galarraga as the only pitchers to do so this season. Galarraga was...

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