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08/03/2012 - 5:22pm
Ortiz: Won't play this weekend

David Ortiz said that he will not be ready to play in the Red Sox' series this weekend against the Twins, even as the inflammation in his right Achilles continues to improve. The DH continues to take batting practice and to show progress in the tests administered by the Red Sox training staff. However, he is not yet pain-free, thus preventing him from being able to run.

"Progressing normally towards a complete recovery," manager Bobby Valentine said of the slugger's state. "I try not to put deadlines on things. [He's] pretty close [to a return], though."

Ortiz is hitting .316 with a .414 OBP, .609 slugging mark (tops in the American League) and 1.024 OPS (also tops in the AL) with 23 homers. The Red Sox, who were second in the AL in runs per game (5.0) at the time of his injury, have slipped to 11th in the AL (4.1 runs per game) in his 16-game absence.

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08/03/2012 - 5:13pm
Red Sox haven't talked Lowe with Tribe

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have not talked to the Indians about Derek Lowe, who was designated for assignment by the Indians Thursday. 

The Sox had been gathering information regarding Lowe since the 38-year-old was DFA'd, but it remains unlikely Boston will pursue the former Red Sox hurler. It is believed Cleveland would be primarily looking for relief from Lowe's contract, which pays the righty $15 million this season (the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal). Lowe was traded from the Braves to the Indians in the offseason in exchange for minor-leaguer Chris Jones.

Lowe was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA for the Indians this season, but was 2-8 with an 8.80 ERA in his last 12 starts.

The Indians have 10 days to try and either deal or expose Lowe to waivers.

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08/03/2012 - 4:57pm
Source: Sox weren't team to claim Lee

According to a major league source, the Red Sox were not the team that claimed Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee off waivers Friday. It was reported earlier in the day by CBSSports.com that the lefty had been claimed, meaning Philadelphia can pull Lee off waivers, assign his contract to the team that claimed him, or work out a trade with the claiming team. Lee has it in his contract that he can block trades or claims 21 teams.

UPDATE: According to Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com (via twitter), the Dodgers were the team awarded the waiver claim on the left-hander.

The almost-34-year-old Lee is making $21 million this season, and $25 million per season through the '15 season. He also has a vesting option for the '16 campaign which would pay him $27.5 million.

Lee has a 3.73 ERA in 18 starts this season, having won just two games (2-6). In his first full...

08/03/2012 - 3:12pm
Morales will start Sunday in place of Beckett

Pitcher Franklin Morales told WEEI.com that he will start Sunday's game against the Twins in place of Josh Beckett, who injured his back in his last start. Morales has made five starts for the Sox this season, going 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.

Manager Bobby Valentine told The Big Show on Wednesday that Morales was his choice to start if the need arises. Beckett suffered a back spasm in the third inning of his start against the Tigers on Tuesday and was not able to throw in his scheduled side session on Thursday.

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


08/03/2012 - 3:06pm
More fights break out at Patriots camp

FOXBORO -- Two days after a training camp fight broke out before 22,000 fans inside Gillette Stadium, there were two more battles on Friday. Coach Bill Belichick sent the team, along with members of the coaching staff, to run three laps around the field as punishment.

The first fight involved linebacker Bobby Carpenter and lineman Ryan Wendell and two incidents followed moments later. Belichick spoke to the team after the laps and quarterback Tom Brady called for a players-only huddle.

"It's the same stuff it always is," Carpenter said after Friday's practice. "It's guys trying to go all the way through the whistle and things get a little heated and one thing leads to another and before you know it, there's 60 guys out there. But Coach Belichick talked to us. Hopefully, that won't happen again. We can't be fighting ourselves. We have to be working to improve."

That scrum, which also featured Patrick Chung and Rob...

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