The Red Sox activated reliever Hideki Okajima Saturday. The left-hander last pitched for the Sox on August 5 and was put on the DL with a right hamstring strain the following day. He has struggled mightily this season, posting an ERA of 5.85 and a WHIP of 1.98.
Michael Bowden was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to make room for Okajima on the roster. Bowden has not pitched for the Sox since allowing three earned runs in 1.2 innings vs. the Blue Jays on August 20.
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According to a tweet by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has told friends he will not require the White Sox to extend his contract as part of a possible deal between the two teams.
There were several national reports Friday that suggested Ramirez would not accept a deal to the White Sox without an extension. Ramirez is in the final year of a two-year, $45 million deal that also includes a full no-trade clause.
The two teams have until 1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday to complete a trade.
The Red Sox and Rays will play the second-game of a three-game set Saturday night at Tropicana Field. The Sox moved to within 4.5 games of the Rays and Yankees in the AL East (and wild-card) race with a 3-1 win Friday, a victory fueled by a pair of Victor Martinez home runs and seven strong innings from Jon Lester.
Clay Buchholz (15-5, 2.26 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox on Saturday. Buchholz has won each of his last five decisions and leads the American League in ERA. Matt Garza (13-7, 3.62), who has allowed just a single run over his last two starts, gets the ball for the Rays.
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According to a report in the Boston Herald, the results of an MRI taken on the right ankle of Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace Friday show only a sprain, and not a more serious injury.
It is not yet known how long Brace, who had seven tackles and a sack in Thursday's preseason loss to the Rams, will be out of action.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Victor Martinez hit a pair of solo home runs, and Jon Lester held Tampa Bay to just one run on two hits over seven innings, as the Red Sox claimed the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field, beating the Rays, 3-1, Friday night.
The victory, which brought the Sox within 4 1/2 games of Tampa Bay, was accomplished against Cy Young candidate, Tampa Bay starter David Price. Martinez helped get the visitors off on the right foot with a homer to left field in the first inning, and then added an insurance run with another long ball against Price in the seventh. Coming into the game the Tampa Bay lefty had allowed just one homer in three starts against the Sox.
Martinez also came up big defensively, expertly blocking the plate in the sixth inning as B.J. Upton was attempting to score the game-tying run from second on Jason Bartlett's single. With the catcher's maneuvering, and an on-target throw...
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