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09/27/2011 - 5:08pm
Salty: 'I'm definitely available tonight'

BALTIMORE -- Though out of the Red Sox lineup, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said this afternoon that he is available to play tonight, one day after taking a foul ball off the collarbone in the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Orioles on Monday. Despite stiffness and soreness in his right collarbone, Saltalamacchia said that he was confident that he could have started on Tuesday, and that he will be available either to come into Tuesday night's game late or to start on Wednesday.

"I’m definitely available tonight. It’s gotten better. Went out and threw. It was stiff and sore, but I felt OK. I haven’t hit, but I’m definitely available," said Saltalamacchia, who is hitting .235 with a .288 OBP, .450 slugging mark and .737 OPS this year. "I came to the field today expecting to play. Just needed to throw and hit. Went out and threw. Everything went fine with the throwing. It’s just weak, stiff and sore. That’s...

09/27/2011 - 2:45pm
Lineup: Lavarnway starts at catcher for Sox

With Jason Varitek (knee) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (collarbone) both out with injuries, the Red Sox will turn to rookie Ryan Lavarnway to catch starter Erik Bedard in their game against the Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Lavarnway has appeared in 15 games with the Sox, having caught a total of nine innings in six contests. Also of note is third baseman Jed Lowrie hitting cleanup, a position in the lineup he has never started the game at.

The following is the Red Sox lineup against Orioles starter Zach Britton:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Jed Lowrie 3B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Ryan Lavarnway C

Darnell McDonald RF

Carl Crawford LF

Marco Scutaro SS

Erik Bedard P

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


09/27/2011 - 2:02pm
Kruk on M&M: Sox will miss playoffs
By: DJ Bean

ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined Mut & Merloni Tuesday, saying he does not feel the Red Sox, who are currently tied with the Rays for the American League Wild Card lead, will make the playoffs. 

"I don't see how they can win," Kruk said. "Their pitching, you'd have thought by now, this whole month, that one of their pitchers would have stepped up and pitched and given up one or two runs and beaten someone, 8-2, or something. It ain't happening. That's what scares me. They can't pitch at all."

One positive thought on the Red Sox Kruk did have was that he said Jacoby Ellsbury should win American League MVP over Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson. Ellsbury is hitting .323 with 31 homers, 103 RBI and 38 stolen bases. 

"If the average was higher, I'd probably take Granderson because of what he's done, but Ellsbury, he's been it," he said. "He's been the...

09/27/2011 - 8:42am
Schilling: Players, Theo more to blame
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning to discuss the collapse of the Red Sox, who with Monday's loss moved into a tie with Tampa Bay for the wild card lead. 

Schilling said that he puts the Sox' catastrophic play "100 percent on the players" and defended the managerial style of Terry Francona. 

"I think more of it's on [general manager] Theo [Epstein] than on Tito, anyway," Schilling said. "I would tell you that the environment around what they're doing now, the guy managing this team is the only guy that could keep them together. I would argue that with another manager in this position right now, you'd have some in-fighting, big-time in-fighting going on given what they're going through."

The six-time All-Star pitcher said that if the Red Sox can make it to the postseason, they could use the potential turnaround (they have not won consecutive games since...

09/27/2011 - 7:36am
Mashup: Namath criticizes Jets' Ryan

Jets legend Joe Namath apparently puts the blame for his old club's loss to the Raiders Sunday on coach Rex Ryan. Appearing on ESPN Radio Monday, Namath questioned Ryan's method of preparing his players. "It's rather alarming," Namath said. "It starts at the top. Coach Rex Ryan, he's been doing a great job, getting us to two conference championship games, but there's one thing about the athlete: You keep telling him how good he is, he's going to start believing it to the point that he may not be preparing quite the way he should. He may be losing some respect for the other team."

Responded Ryan: "I'm not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something. Joe Namath can come in here and if he can still throw we'll have him as a backup quarterback. But you know what? He doesn't know our team. He's on the outside, even though he's a Jet and once you're a Jet you're always a Jet. But he's on the outside. He's not in these...

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