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08/08/2012 - 4:07pm
Rangers get better of Red Sox, Beckett

Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly with nobody out in the ninth inning gave the Rangers the lead for good, allowing Texas to fend off an afternoon of comebacks by the Red Sox to claim a 10-9 decision over the Sox Wednesday at Fenway Park. 

Although Clayton Mortensen took the loss, it was starter Josh Beckett who was responsible for most of the damage by the Rangers. Beckett allowed eight runs on eight hits over five-plus innings, giving up three in the first inning, three more in the fifth and two in the sixth before being replaced by Mortensen.

Despite heading into the seventh inning trailing by four, the Red Sox did fight back to tie it thanks in large part to Will Middlebrooks' 14th homer of the season. The three-run blast in the seventh was the 10th time the rookie has homered with men on base.

The Red Sox had originally fought back from a 3-0 deficit after Rangers' first inning, using a Cody Ross homer in the third inning to knot the...

08/08/2012 - 10:29am
Mortensen recalled, Padilla to DL

Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla (bicep strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. Padilla is 4-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 41 games with the Sox this season. He last appeared on August 5, allowing three earned runs without recording an out against the Twins. 

To replace Padilla on the roster, the Sox recalled Clayton Mortensen. The 27-year-old reliever was optioned to Pawtucket on August 1 when Craig Breslow was acquired by the Sox in a trade with the Diamondbacks. Mortensen has a 1.17 ERA in 10 appearances with the Sox this season, holding opponents to a .117 batting average. 

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08/08/2012 - 10:01am
Lineup: Beckett returns in series finale

The Red Sox (55-56) look to win their three-game series with the Rangers (64-45) on Wednesday at Fenway Park. This will be the final game of a 10-game homestand for the Sox (4-5 to date), who will begin a 10-game road trip in Cleveland on Thursday. The Rangers have won five of seven overall vs. the Sox this season, including Tuesday's 6-3 win over Jon Lester.

Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.54) makes his first start since July 31 for the Sox. Beckett left that start vs. the Tigers in the third inning -- to boos from the Fenway Park crowd --  with a back injury and missed a start. Beckett has faced the Rangers twice this season, posting a 4.50 ERA in 14 innings pitched. He'll be opposed by Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.17), who hasn't faced the Sox this season.

LINEUP:

Ellsbury, CF

Crawford, LF

Pedroia, 2B

Gonzalez, 1B

Ross, RF

Middlebrooks, 3B

Lavarnway, DH

Shoppach, C

Ciriaco, SS

...

08/08/2012 - 9:33am
Valentine: 'I think we're a playoff team'

Bobby Valentine was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan Show on Wednesday, a day after the Red Sox lost 6-3 to the Rangers. The Sox find themselves at 55-56 on the season, nine games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 4.5 games behind in the wild card chase. Valentine was asked if the 111 games this season -- plus the 7-20 finish last September -- are an indication that this might simply be a .500 team.

"No, I don't think so," Valentine said. "I think we're a playoff team and I think we're going to be there before the season is over."

John Dennis suggested that 89 wins could be the number needed to get that second wild card. That would mean a 34-17 finish would have to happen for the Sox. Does Valentine think that is a reasonable expectation for this team?  

"Yeah, of course," Valentine said. "Of course we can do better than that. I don't think that's so optimistic, I think if we stay...

08/08/2012 - 7:01am
Needham's Raisman wins gold, bronze

Needham’s Aly Raisman already had one gold medal from the team all-around event last week, and she added another two after winning gold in the floor exercise and a somewhat controversial bronze on the balance beam on Tuesday. The two competitions were her final events of the London Olympics.

Raisman was initially given a score of 14.966 on the beam, a score that was fourth overall. But the score was protested by Raisman's coach, Mihai Brestyan, and the judges raised her score to 15.066, which lifted her to third place and knocked Romania's Catalina Ponor down to fourth. 

“I felt like I had nothing to lose,” Raisman said. “It was going to be my last memory for London, so I just wanted to make it count and enjoy it.

“It was definitely the best floor routine that I’ve ever done. To have it be at the Olympic Games, in the finals, is just really amazing and just a dream come true. That’s what you...

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