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08/29/2012 - 6:56am
McNamee on D&C: Clemens 'ego-driven'

Former Roger Clemens trainer Brian McNamee joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss Clemens' comeback and baseball's continued problems with performance-enhancing drugs.

McNamee said he didn't watch his ex-friend/current adversary's minor league appearance Saturday night, but he thinks he knows the reason for the 50-year-old's return to baseball.

"I think it's ego-driven," McNamee said. "Right of the top, I think you guys should bring the popcorn, because that circus isn't going anywhere soon."

That said, McNamee wouldn't be shocked if Clemens was able to pitch an inning in the majors this season.

"I think -- and I teach it every day -- I think if you can throw strikes, add and subtract [speeds], anybody can get anybody out at any level, at any age," McNamee said. "He didn't look in great shape, but I didn't really watch [Saturday's game]. I only saw him in suits. I don't...

08/29/2012 - 12:16am
Blown away: Angels walk off vs. Sox, Aceves

Alfredo Aceves, back from a three-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, proved detrimental to the team in his return to the mound on Tuesday. The right-hander blew his eighth save of the year, tied for the most in the majors, as the Red Sox saw a 5-4, ninth-inning lead go up in smoke as the Angels claimed a 6-5 victory.

Aceves, who warmed as early as the sixth inning, blitzed through a clean eighth before coming undone in a two-run ninth. He hit Erick Aybar in the back foot with a pitch, issued a walk and then permitted a one-out, broken bat single up the middle by Mike Trout that tied the game, 5-5. Torii Hunter followed with a deep sacrifice fly to center field to give the Halos the walkoff victory. It was the second straight appearance in which Aceves suffered a blown save and loss against the Angels, following his last appearance on Thursday when he gave up five runs on six hits in two innings. Aceves now is 2-9 with a 4.76 ERA.


08/28/2012 - 9:09pm
Aceves on conduct: 'The past is the past'

Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves was reinstated to the team from his three-game suspension prior to Tuesday's game in Anaheim against the Angels. The 29-year-old met with manager Bobby Valentine for 30 minutes and with coaches for an additional 20 minutes.

Asked by reporters if he apologized to manager Bobby Valentine for what was deemed "conduct detrimental to the team" (the product of Aceves ripping off his jersey while making his way off the field and later storming in and out of Valentine's office on Friday, after Andrew Bailey recorded a four-out save), Aceves declined direct comment.

"The past is the past. I'm just here to play baseball," Aceves, who is 2-8 with a 4.60 ERA and 25 saves in 32 opportunities this year, told reporters. 

Aceves added that he had "no idea" if he would be the closer going forward. However, Bailey is unavailable to pitch on Tuesday, after working in four of the previous...

08/28/2012 - 8:47pm
Morales to DL; Stewart to start Wednesday

The Red Sox placed left-handed starter Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list due to what manager Bobby Valentine characterized to reporters as "a little bit of a tired shoulder." The official reason for his placement on the DL was left shoulder inflammation.

"It was a little cranky the other day," Valentine told reporters. "At this time of the year, I just didn't think there was any reason to be anything but cautious."

While shuffling between the rotation and bullpen, Morales -- who has appeared in 37 games and made nine starts -- has pitched 76 1/3 innings, a career-high at the big league level and the most innings overall he's thrown in a season since 2009, when he threw 80 1/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors. Morales is 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA, but after a largely successful stretch in the rotation, he has been hammered for 11 runs (seven earned) over eight innings in his last two starts.


08/28/2012 - 5:58pm
Lineup: Iglesias gets his first start

With the Red Sox in Anaheim for the start of a three-game series against the Angels, 22-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias will get his first start of the 2012 season following his call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. He will bat eighth, while Pedro Ciriaco will play third base and Mike Aviles gets the day off against Angels ace Jered Weaver. The youth movement will run up and down the lineup, as Ryan Lavarnway will serve as the cleanup hitter and Ryan Kalish will play right and bat seventh.

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Podsednik, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Ellsbury, CF
Lavarnway, C
Loney, 1B
Saltalamacchia, DH
Kalish, RF

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