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08/06/2010 - 4:22pm
Lineups: Lowrie at second, Lowell at first

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will begin a four game series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Friday night. The Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound against Javier Vazquez. Buchholz has allowed less than two earned runs in four of his last five starts, but has allowed 15 runs over his last 14.2 innings pitched against the Yankees. The Yankees have won eight of their last nine home games against the Red Sox, outscoring them 58-31 during that stretch. Jed Lowrie will get the start at second base for the Red Sox tonight. Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Ellsbury - CF
Scutaro - SS
Ortiz - DH
Martinez - C
Beltre - 3B
Drew - RF
Lowell - 1B
Kalish - LF
Lowrie - 2B

SP Buchholz
 

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08/06/2010 - 3:28pm
Okajima to DL, Doubront promoted

The Red Sox will place left-hander Hideki Okajima on the disabled list. In his place, the Red Sox have recalled left-hander Felix Doubront from Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

Okajima experienced hamstring discomfort during his outing on Thursday night, manager Terry Francona said after the game. The Sox veteran is 4-3 with a 5.85 ERA in 2010. Doubront is 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts for the Sox this year. He recently pitched in relief for the first time as a professional, retiring all six batters he faced for Triple-A Pawtucket, four on strikeouts and two on groundballs.

 

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08/06/2010 - 2:10pm
J. Kraft on D&H: Brady relationship 'stronger'

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft joined the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon from training camp in Foxboro. Kraft played down reports of hard feelings between the team and Tom Brady during contract negotiations. "I saw him this morning, had a great conversation, very warm and friendly," he said. "From where I sit, the relationship that we've had with him and the relationship that I've had with him is the same as it's always been, and if anything it's stronger."

 

Kraft said issues with the collective bargaining agreement and its affect on future salary caps are key reasons why a deal has not yet been done. "The realities of trying to get a contract of that magnitude and that complexity done when you truly do not know the rules of the road going forward makes it complicated for each side to be sure that they're not doing something that dramatically impacts them from a positive perspective going forward,"...

08/06/2010 - 1:15pm
Schefter: Brady deal 'going to get done'

ESPN football insider Adam Schefter took a break from his training camp bus tour to talk to the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon. One of the first topics of conversation was the return of Wes Welker to Patriots practices after suffering what was thought to be a horrible knee injury in Week 17 of last season. 

 

"He's surprising everybody," Schefter said. "Even today during [an interview], he said that the doctors told him it would be eight to nine months before he's back on the field, before he could think about being back on the field. ... The guy is an awfully tough football player, and what he's done here has been remarkable."

 

Schefter also addressed the contract negotiations between the Patriots and star quarterback Tom Brady. Many in New England are worried that it will take some time for a deal to be completed, if it even is completed. Schefter did not seem nearly as worried.

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08/06/2010 - 11:17am
Kendrick Perkins taking physical for Sox

Red Sox sixth-round draft pick Kendrick Perkins will be in Boston on Friday to take a physical, likely the final hurdle for the athletic outfielder to sign with the Sox. Perkins, a two-sport star at La Porte High School, has a baseball and football scholarship offer to Texas A&M. But he appears ready to bypass that opportunity in order to begin his pro baseball career.

 

Perkins is not related to the Celtics player of the same name. For more on the baseball-playing Kendrick Perkins, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


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