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08/07/2011 - 5:33pm
Lowrie will officially return Monday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed once and for all that shortstop Jed Lowrie will return to the Boston roster on Monday when the team travels to Minnesota for a three-game set. 

"He’s fine," Francona said. "He swung the bat real well last night. He’s coming back tonight, kind of a work day. He’ll go with us to Minnesota and obviously we’ll have a corresponding move maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow."

Lowrie has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a shoulder injury that involved a bruised nerve. During a recent five-game rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, Lowrie went 7-for-17 with four doubles and five RBI as both a shortstop and designated hitter. He was batting .270 with a .723 OPS in the majors before the DL stint. Francona said he won't rush the shortstop back into playing time and that...

08/07/2011 - 3:20pm
Lineup: Varitek catching Beckett vs. Yanks

With Josh Beckett pitching the Sunday night series finale against the Yankees, catcher Jason Varitek will serve as his batterymate. Meanwhile, after sitting against left-hander CC Sabathia on Saturday, Josh Reddick is back in the lineup against right-hander Freddy Garcia on Sunday night.

For complete matchup information, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Crawford, LF
Reddick, RF
Varitek, C
Scutaro, SS

Beckett, SP


08/07/2011 - 10:43am
Millwood granted his release by Red Sox

The Red Sox have granted starting pitcher Kevin Millwood his release.

The 36-year-old had appeared in 13 games with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, going 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA. In 73 2/3 innings, Millwood struck out 66 and walked 25, with the PawSox going 11-2 in his starts. He last pitched Friday night, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings against Buffalo.

After not using the June 20 opt-out agreement in his deal with the Sox, Millwood had been operating under an understanding that the player and team would continue to revisit the righty's opportunities throughout the season.

Millwood, who opted out of his contract with the Yankees organization earlier in the season, signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on May 19, joining the PawSox June 1.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/07/2011 - 9:43am
Report: Pats sign former Jets DE Ellis
By: DJ Bean

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with former Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis. Schefter reports that the deal is pending Ellis passing his physical.

Ellis, 34, has played his entire NFL career with the Jets since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He was the longest-tenured player on the Jets prior to leaving as a free agent. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, having represented the AFC in the 2003 and 2009 seasons.  

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08/06/2011 - 8:15pm
Francona: Ellsbury 'went to maybe great'

It has been a startling stretch by Jacoby Ellsbury, who added to his back-to-back walkoff hits this week by collecting a career-high six RBI, three of them on a homer against CC Sabathia (the first by a left-hander against the Yankees ace since May 13). Manager Terry Francona heaped praise on his outfielder, who is now hitting .321 with an .899 OPS, 19 homers and 72 RBI along with his 31 steals.

"It seems like we're kind of talking about him a lot. The reason is because he's doing so many good things," said Francona. "He started out a little slow and he's been a really good player from the first of May. Then all of a sudden, he got good, went to maybe great, and he's kind of held that level."

Ellsbury became the first Sox leadoff hitter since Ellis Burks in 1987 to drive in six or more runs in a game (Burks plated seven on June 10, 1987, against the Orioles). He was the first Sox center fielder since Carl Everett in 2000 to...

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