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08/24/2012 - 4:27pm
Lineup: Ortiz returns, hits fourth

David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox lineup as they take on the Royals at Fenway Park. Ortiz has been out since mid-July with an Achilles strain, a span of 35 games. The Sox were 13-22 in his absence and fell out of contention for the playoffs.

With Ortiz back, Adrian Gonalzez moves down to the fifth spot against Royal left-hander Bruce Chen. Here's the rest of the lineup:

Ciriaco 3B
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Lavarnway C
Aviles SS
Podsednik LF

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


08/24/2012 - 2:39pm
Gonzalez 'not talking about' Dodgers' claim
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox first baseman declined to comment Friday on the news that the Dodgers had put in a waiver claim for him earlier in the day.

Said Gonzalez: "Waiver claim questions? I'm not talking about that."

The Red Sox and Dodgers would have 48 hours from the time of the Dodgers' claim to work out a trade, though it is assumed that such a trade is unlikely. 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


08/24/2012 - 12:57pm
Report: Dodgers put in claim on Gonzalez

According to a tweet from Los Angeles Times writer Bill Shaikin, the Dodgers were awarded a waiver claim on Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Assuming the report is accurate, the Red Sox are expected to withdraw Gonzalez from waivers. They then could attempt to work out a trade with Los Angeles over the next 48 hours, but it's unlikely Gonzalez would be moved.

The Dodgers have long been speculated to have interest in Gonzalez, who previously played in San Diego.

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


08/24/2012 - 12:45pm
Nomar: Sox have issues 'from the top down'

Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, now an ESPN analyst, joined Mut & Merloni guest hosts Rob Bradford and Kirk Minihane on Friday to talk about the struggling Red Sox and the late Johnny Pesky.

Garciaparra traveled from Williamsport, Pa., where he was providing analysis for ESPN's coverage of the Little League World Series, to attend Pesky's funeral Monday in Swampscott. Only four current Red Sox players reportedly attended the service, which has led to criticism of the team.

"There's definitely some disappointment," Garciaparra acknowledged. "You would have liked to have seen more there. There's no question about that. But at the same time, for me, it wasn't about who showed up and not. It was about a day to honor this amazing man's life and not forget what he meant and how many lives he impacted and what he represented. Hopefully, that's really the focus."

Added Garciaparra: "That's what I'm going to...

08/24/2012 - 12:07pm
Brady: Length of career depends on Belichick

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady recently said he wants to play well into his 40s. The 35-year-old expounded on that thought in a USA Today story Thursday.

"I hope to play as long as possible," he said. "I don't know how long that's going to be.

"Honestly, in '08, when I had that knee injury, that really makes you appreciate what you're doing on a daily basis. Because there was a year that I missed, and I was like, 'Damn, I wish I was out there practicing every day.' To not have that opportunity was very frustrating. I love the game."

Brady said ultimately it will be up to coach Bill Belichick (assuming he sticks around) to decide when Brady's days in Foxboro are done.

"I'm still working hard, doing my job, because that's what he's looking for,"...

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