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08/18/2012 - 3:20pm
Sox prospect Johnson hit in face by liner

Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson, a first round selection by the team in this year's draft, was hit in the face by a line drive up the middle while pitching for the Short-Season Single-A Lowell Spinners on Saturday as part of the Futures at Fenway doubleheader showcase of Red Sox minor league teams. Eyewitnesses said that he had movement, but struggled to get on the stretcher without assistance. Still, he waved to the Fenway crowd before being taken to the hospital.

According to a Red Sox spokesperson, the 21-year-old out of the University of Florida suffered multiple orbital fractures to the left side of his face. However, he was alert at the hospital -- where he was resting comfortably -- and showed no signs of a concussion.

Johnson entered the game having made three scoreless appearances to start his professional career, with 5 1/3 scoreless innings on his resume. He'd struck out four, walked one and permitted two hits in Lowell.

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08/18/2012 - 8:15am
Pats officially sign Olympian Demps

FOXBORO -- The Patriots confirmed the signing of Olympic sprinter and former Florida Gators running back Jeff Demps on Friday evening. Demps is expected to join the team next week in Tampa as the team practices twice before it's game against the Buccaneers next Friday.

Demps, who was not drafted in April, stands 5-foot-7, 175 pounds and captured a silver medal for being part of the United States' 4x100-meter relay team at the London Olympics. He did not participate in the final race but contribued during preliminary heats.

In four years at Florida, Demps rushed for 2,470 yards and 23 touchdowns, and he averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return.

"Good with the ball, good speed, caught the ball OK, a little bit undersized," Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio said on Friday. "They've had some good offensive players, he and [Chris] Rainey split some time so they kind of used him some different ways. Florida has had a track record...

08/18/2012 - 7:35am
Ortiz: Sox, Pedroia distracted by controversy

NEW YORK -- Injured DH David Ortiz told a small group of reporters that included MLB.com that the controversies swirling around the Red Sox in recent days have made it difficult for players to focus on the field. The slugger said that he was particuarly distressed to see that second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in the aftermath of a report that he was at the forefront of a player-led attempt to get rid of manager Bobby Valentine, was unable to focus on the field.

"The other day, Pedroia was playing baseball out there [ticked] off and not focused on what he wants to do, because that report came out saying he was against the manager," Ortiz told the group. "How do you think he's going to feel out there? This game is 75 percent mental and the rest physical -- or 50-50 probably -- but your mind has a...

08/17/2012 - 8:59pm
Bronx bash for Yankees vs. Morales, Sox

NEW YORK -- Red Sox starter Franklin Morales was once again undone by a barrage of home runs against the Yankees. For the second time this year, the left-hander yielded four homers (all of the solo variety) against New York, part of a five-run yield that the Red Sox could not overcome in dropping a 6-4 decision in the Bronx.

Morales gave up solo homers to Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson (the first of the year given up by Morales to a left-hander), Russell Martin and Derek Jeter, matching a career-high for the most homers he's given up in a game. Still, was pitching in a tie game in the sixth when back-to-back, one-out singles put runners on the corners. That, in turn, prompted manager Bobby Valentine to summon Clayton Mortensen from the bullpen.

Mortensen punched out Martin for the second out of the inning, but Jayson Nix reached out for an 0-2 slider that was down and off the plate and punched it into right field for the go-ahead single....

08/17/2012 - 5:29pm
Doubront could land on disabled list

NEW YORK -- Left-hander Felix Doubront, who has not pitched since August 9 in hopes of allowing him to catch his breath during his first full season in a big league rotation, threw three simulated innings and approximately 45 pitches in a bullpen side session on Friday in New York. At this point, however, the Sox do not have him slated to return to the rotation. Instead, the team plans to have him throw at least one more simulated outing of more than three innings before returning him to the rotation going forward.

As such, while Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that the 24-year-old "will be ready this next week to pitch," he also acknowledged that the Sox could place him on the 15-day disabled list in order to permit the club to call up a reinforcement from Triple-A. That would still allow Doubront to have his next bullpen session and then return to the rotation sometime near the end of next week.

Doubront is 10-6 with a 4.70 ERA...

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