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08/25/2010 - 10:01am
Lineups: Beckett looks to rebound

Josh Beckett hopes to bounce back from his recent struggles on Wednesday as he takes the hill in the opener of a day-night doubleheader with the Seattle Mariners.

 

Beckett, who has allowed at least six earned runs in each of his last three starts, will be opposed by former Sox pitcher David Pauley. The two were scheduled to start on Tuesday night, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather.

 

There are continued weather concerns today, but Terry Francona told Dale & Holley Wednesday that "We are getting a better forecast. I know it's ugly out there right now but it sounds like in the couple of hours that most of this stuff will be out of here and we're going to play. As the day progresses, I think we're going to be OK."

 

Sox lineup:

Scutaro, 6

Drew, 9

Martinez, 2

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Lowell, 3

Nava, 7

Hall, 4

Kalish, 8...

08/25/2010 - 8:24am
Former Sox pick Matt Kinney suspended

Matt Kinney, a Bangor, Maine, native and sixth-round pick of the Red Sox in the 1995 amateur draft, has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. The 33-year-old Kinney is currently a member of San Francisco's Triple-A team, the Fresno Grizzlies, last pitching in the major leagues in 2005 for the Giants. Also suspended by Major League Baseball for positively testing for amphetamines was Mets minor-leaguer Lachian Hodge, who was playing for Single-A Kingsport.

 

Kinney never made it past Single-A in the Red Sox' minor league system, leaving the organization in 1998 when he was traded to the Twins along with Joe Thomas and John Barnes for Orlando Merced and Greg Swindell. Kinney's most productive season in the majors came when he won 10 games while pitching 190 2/3 innings for Minnesota. He had passed up a chance to attend the University of Maine after winning the Dr. John Winkin Award for the state's best senior high...

08/25/2010 - 7:09am
Nordegren gives first interview since incident

Giving her first interview since breaking up with husband Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren told People Magazine said she was blindsided by the news of Woods’ infidelity and that the ordeal has led to weight and hair loss.

 

“Absolute shock and disbelief,” he said. “I felt stupid as moroe things were revealed. How could I have not known anything?”

 

Nordegren also said in the interview that she never hit Woods, but wouldn’t get into the details of what transpired on Thanksgiving Night when Tiger crashed his car and was found unconscious. (“Speculation I would have used a golf club to him is just truly ridiculous.”)

 

Nordregen also revealed in the interview that the couple attempted to reconcile for months, she plans on raising the couple’s children in Florida, and hasn’t watched any golf since the initial incident.

 

According to the...

08/25/2010 - 6:54am
Mashup: Jets' Sanchez 'loves' Brady, Pats

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez offered only compliments when asked about Tom Brady's comments from Monday that the Patriots star hates the Jets. After calling the question a "setup," Sanchez smiled and said: "I love the Patriots. I love Tom." Added Sanchez: “[Brady’s comment] doesn’t matter. It’s neither here nor there. We respect the heck out of them. I think he’s a great quarterback, it’s a great franchise, and we need to bring our best when we play them — every time.” Also in the news, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb did an interview with GQ magazine in which he came up with excuses or passed the blame for some of his famous mistakes with the Eagles, including his failure to show a sense of urgency in the final drive against the Patriots in Super Bowl 39. One Philadelphia columnist takes McNabb to task and calls the arrogant behavior typical of him. Check out those stories and more at...

08/25/2010 - 6:48am
Contract states Daisuke would keep No. 18

 

According to WEEI.com's Alex Speier, if Johnny Damon ever did come back to the Red Sox he most likely wasn't wearing No. 18. Those digits are claimed by Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had it written into his contract that he has to wear the number. For the pitcher, the number represents significant symbolism.

 

"Growing up, I played baseball with the goal of one day wearing No. 18 as a professional ballplayer," Matsuzaka said through translator Masa Hoshino Tuesday. "When I signed with the Red Sox, I wanted to keep wearing the same number I had always worn, and the number was available. I've never worn another number since I went pro, even in international competition.

 

"In Japan, the ace gets to wear No. 18," he continued. "I know that 18 isn't considered an...

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