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07/21/2012 - 5:00pm
Aviles out with turf toe

Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles will get Saturday night off as he battles turf toe. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he suffered the injury Friday night when he was running the bases. 

"Mike hit the base and has a little bit of a turf toe," Valentine said. "Those things can get worse. So, he's off his feet today for most of the day. If I need him, probably, pinch-hit possibly."

Starting for Aviles at short will be Pedro Ciriaco. Aviles is batting .261 with 10 homers and 48 RBIs in 92 games for the Red Sox this season. Entering Saturday, he had started all but six games for the Red Sox at short this season, playing in 88 of the 92 games overall. 

Jacoby Ellsbury also got the night off from the starting lineup as Daniel Nava started his first game in right field for the Red Sox, while Ryan Sweeney starts in center. 

"It's kind of a planned day," Valentine said of the Ellsbury respite.

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07/21/2012 - 4:57pm
Agent: Stiemsma inks offer sheet w/Wolves

Greg Stiemsma has signed an offer sheet with the Timberwolves, his agent Mike Naditch said. Stiemsma is a restricted free agent but the Celtics can only match up to the amount of the bi-annual exception.

In 55 games with the Celtics last year, Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 14 minutes a game.

For complete Celtics coverage, visit weei.com/celtics.


07/21/2012 - 2:49pm
Lineup: Nava starts in right, hitting leadoff

For the first time in his Red Sox career, Daniel Nava will be manning right field. Nava will hit leadoff against Blue Jays righty Carlos Villaneuva, with Jacoby Ellsbury getting the day off. Cody Ross gets the start at designated hitter, while Pedro Ciriaco will man shortstop.

With Aaron Cook on the mound for the Red Sox, here is the host's lineup:

Nava RF

Crawford LF

Pedroia 2B

Gonzalez 1B

Ross DH

Saltalamacchia C

Middlebrooks 3B

Sweeney CF

Ciriaco SS

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


07/20/2012 - 10:12pm
Beckett: Not 'a whole lot of positives'

Josh Beckett admitted after his latest struggle, a six-inning outing during a 6-1 setback to the Blue Jays, that he's at a loss to explain why he can't consistently make pitches and get batters out in key situations. 

Beckett was the victim of a controversial call in a two-run first when Colby Rasmus was called safe on a tag play at the plate when TV replays showed his left hand may not have grazed the corner of the plate. Rasmus was ruled safe. Two hits later, the Jays were ahead 2-0. 

"Obviously, the results aren't where you want them to be but you have to keep going out there," Beckett said. "There's nothing you can really do."

Beckett faced another key moment in the second when he had the chance to get out of the inning with no runs scoring. But with two outs and Yunel Escobar on third, he walked the light-hitting Anthony Gose. Beckett then allowed a two-run double to Rasmus to extend the Jays' lead to 4-0....

07/20/2012 - 9:12pm
Back to Earth: Beckett tagged, Sox lose

After arguably the most emotional win of the season, the Red Sox fell flat Friday night as Colby Rasmus doubled and tripled in support of Aaron Laffey as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 6-1, at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett was rocked for five runs and seven hits over six innings as the Red Sox fell to 3-2 on their seven-game homestand. 

In a familar theme, Beckett (5-8) was again roughed up in the first inning, getting knocked around by the Blue Jays for two runs and three hits. The key play came when Will Middlebrooks fielded a ground ball off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion and fired home, attempting to throw out Rasmus, who had tripled with one out. Rasmus slid and attempted to swipe the plate with his left hand.

Replays on TV appeared to indicated Kelly Shoppach had the plate blocked. But home plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled him safe. Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia followed with singles that produced another run that put Beckett and the Red Sox...

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