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04/30/2011 - 5:47pm
Patriots take DE Markell Carter at No. 194

FOXBORO — The Patriots took defensive end Markell Carter with the 194th overall pick in the NFL draft on Saturday. A 6-foot-4, 248-pounder out of Central Arkansas, he totaled 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior, and finished his college career with 16.5 sacks. For more Patriots news, check out

04/30/2011 - 4:31pm
Wakefield to start Sunday, Buchholz set back

Tim Wakefield will make his first start of the season Sunday afternoon, replacing scheduled starter Clay Buchholz, who was sent home on Friday with what Red Sox manager Terry Francona called "intestinal turmoil." Buchholz (1-3, 5.33 ERA) will be pushed back to Monday for the opener of a four-game series with the Angels. 

In seven relief appearances this season, Wakefield has no record with a 5.56 ERA over 11 1/3 innings. Sunday's start will be his first since Oct. 2 against the Yankees in the 160th game of the 2010 season. 

Francona said the team would reevaluate the order for the rest of the rotations after Buchholz's start on Monday. 

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04/30/2011 - 3:30pm
Lineup: Crawford back in eighth spot

Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford will return to the eighth spot in the lineup for the second game of Boston's three-game set with Seattle Saturday night after sitting for the second time in 2011 the night before. It will be Crawford's fifth start as the eighth hitter in a Sox uniform. That position in the order has not been especially kind to Crawford as his early-season struggles have continued from that spot. He has hit only .188 in four games with three strikeouts and no walks in 18 plate appearances, although two of his three hits have been doubles. 

J.D. Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also return after sitting out Friday's 5-4 loss to the Mariners in the sixth and ninth holes respectively. Starting shortstop Jed Lowrie drops to seventh against the M's starting righty Doug Fister (1-3, 3.19 ERA). 

The rest of the lineup of the Sox lineup is as follows:


Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B


04/30/2011 - 3:13pm
Pats draft TE Lee Smith at No. 159 overall

The Patriots selected tight end Lee Smith out of Marshall with the 159th overall pick of the NFL draft on Saturday. Smith is a 6-foot-6, 266-pounder who finished his senior season with the Thundering Herd with a career-best 38 catches for 358 yards and three touchdowns. He started his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, but was kicked off the team after a DUI. He transferred to Marshall, and finished his college career with 75 catches for 791 yards and three touchdowns. His father, Daryle, played offensive line at Tennessee and spent six seasons in the NFL playing for the Cowboys, Browns and Eagles before spending four more seasons in the CFL. For more on the Patriots, check out

04/30/2011 - 2:12pm
Pats take OL Marcus Cannon at 138 overall

With the 138th overall pick in the NFL draft, the Patriots selected TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon.

Cannon, a 6-foot-5, 358-pounder, has played tackle over the course of his college career, but it's believed he might have some positional versatility, possibly moving to guard at the next level. Many initially believed Cannon to be a second-, or even a first-round pick, but Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which was discovered when he went through physicals at the combine. (Reports indicate that it is treatable — Cannon faces a success rate for beating the cancer of better than 90 percent.) Cannon is a three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and a third-team All-American in 2010.

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