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08/23/2012 - 11:57pm
Valentine: Leaving in Aceves 'wrong decision'

After his team's 14-13 loss to the Angels, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine talked about his decision to bring back Alredo Aceves for the 10th inning after the Sox closer had surrendered three runs while throwing 33 pitches in the ninth.

"It was basically the same thing [Angels manager Mike] Scioscia did," Valentine said. "He's a closer, he gives up a lead. Two left-handers in the bullpen and they had a right-handed lineup. Had three innings left, I didn't want to squeeze another inning out. It obviously was the wrong decision."

After the Red Sox had sent the game into extra innings courtesy a solo home run by Cody Ross in the home half of the ninth, Aceves lasted just four pitches in the 10th. The righty surrendered a leadoff home run to Kendrys Morales before Erick Aybar singled to right field.

Aceves, who was replaced by Craig Breslow, said the problem was a simple as missed fastball location.

"I'm not...

08/23/2012 - 10:47pm
Meltdown: Sox blow 3 leads, Halos sweep

In a remarkable microcosm of their disastrous slide of 2012, the Red Sox blew three leads including a 6-0 advantage as the Angels beat the Red Sox, 14-13, in bizarre 10-inning game that took four hours, 34 minutes. Kendrys Morales smoked a homer to right to open the 10th against Alfredo Aceves to give the Angels the lead for good. The game featured 15 pitchers, with the Red Sox using seven pitchers in relief of starter Franklin Morales. Appropriately, Adrian Gonzalez struck out with the tying run on base to end the marathon. 

The Red Sox fell for the fourth straight time and were swept by the Angels in the three-game series. They are now 59-66 this season and have lost all 25 games in which the opponent has scored seven runs or more. Entering this season, the Red Sox lost once since 1933 when scoring at least 12 runs. Thursday marked the second time this season. 

In the top of the ninth, Vernon Wells homered off the top of the Green...

08/23/2012 - 9:25pm
Ortiz urged players to attend funeral

David Ortiz said prior to the Red Sox' game against the Angels Thursday night that he understood how previous commitments might have prevented some Red Sox players from attending Johnny Pesky's funeral Monday, but he did point out that he had encouraged members of the team to participate in the ceremony.

 

"My No. 1 priority that day was being there, being with family and just sharing that last moment with him," Ortiz said. "I said on the airplane to everybody, 'Expect his funeral tomorrow. If you can go ahead and show up, go ahead, that would be great.' If they could make it, great. But I don't think it's fair bringing it up now."

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08/23/2012 - 7:03pm
Bills GM Nix: Patriots 'don't scare me'

Jets coach Rex Ryan has never been shy when it comes to his beliefs regarding the Patriots. Now, it sounds like Bills general manager Buddy Nix is taking a page from Ryan’s playbook, delivering some fighting words when asked about his feelings toward the Patriots.

“I think they oughta expect a lot of us. We expect a lot out of ourselves,” Nix told the Toronto Sun. “New England, the AFC -- they don’t scare me. I think we can compete with any of ‘em, and our intention is to try to win the division.”

The Bills, who haven’t won the AFC East since 1995, are coming off a successful offseason, having landed defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in hopes of bolstering the pass rush.

“Every really good coach I’ve ever been with, they emphasize [winning the division] strongly, and we always have,” Nix said. “I think it all starts there. You start depending on the wild...

08/23/2012 - 4:29pm
Ortiz clears tests 'perfectly,' returns Friday

After going through a series of running tests for over 10 minutes and taking live batting practice on Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park, David Ortiz is on schedule to make his return on Friday against the Royals, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced Thursday afternoon. Ortiz has been on the disabled list since July 17 with an injured right Achilles, suffered while running the bases on an Adrian Gonzalez homer the night before.

"It looked like David got through everything perfectly," Valentine said. "He was running the bases. [Thursday] was the day he was going to run the bases, which he hadn't done yet. He had run sprints and done other things. He ran the bases, we're going to see how he gets through it. If he gets through, we're planning on hopefully activating him [Friday]."

In 89 games this season with the Red Sox, Ortiz is batting .316 with 23 homers and 58 RBIs, slugging at a team-best .609 rate and an OPS of 1.023....

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