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08/09/2012 - 8:36pm
Report: Pats' Fletcher tears ACL

FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher tore the ACL in his left knee in the first quarter of Thursday's preseason opener, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Fletcher started the game at inside linebacker for the Patriots -- filling in for Brandon Spikes -- and was part of a unit that forced a three-and-out on Drew Brees and the Saints. 

Then, as the Patriots' first drive stalled, he returned to the field on the punt unit. He fell to the turf and needed help to get off the field. Fletcher was taken to the locker room, where the diagnosis was made. 

The punt wound up not counting and the Patriots gained a first down on the play as the Saints were called for a procedure penalty. 

Fletcher has proven to be one of the most versatile players in the Belichick defensive system, playing both inside and outside linebacker. He finished his 2010 rookie season with 23 tackles and two sacks in 13 games played, all as a...

08/09/2012 - 2:58pm
Lineup: Pedroia DH, Ciriaco at second

For the first time in his career, Dustin Pedroia will be the designated hitter as the Red Sox open a four-game series with the Indians in Cleveland. With Pedroia at DH, Pedro Ciriaco will get the start at second base.

Here's the rest of the lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Dustin Pedroia, DH
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Cody Ross, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Mike Aviles, SS
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B

Felix Doubront, P

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08/09/2012 - 2:44pm
Sox promote Bogaerts to Double-A

Xander Bogaerts was one of just two 19-year-old position players deemed worthy of an assignment to the High-A Carolina League to start this season. Not only did the highly regarded Red Sox prospect prove that he belonged at that level; he actually outperformed it, resulting in a promotion on Thursday from Salem to Double-A Portland. He is the only 19-year-old currently in the Eastern League.

"He's done a great job there [and] has all season," said Sox farm director Ben Crockett of Bogaerts' performance in Salem. "At this point, about a month left in the season, [we] felt it was the right time to push him up, coming off a streak of really good performance over the last week or 10 days. I thought it was the right time to go."

Bogaerts put up numbers that ranked among the best in the Carolina League this year. In 104 games, the shortstop out of Aruba hit .302 with a .378 OBP, .505 slugging mark, .883 OPS, 15 homers and 64 RBI,...

08/09/2012 - 1:10pm
Bailey touches 94 in scoreless frame

PAWTUCKET -- Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey, pitching in the second of back-to-back games for the first time since he started his rehab assignment, worked mostly in the low-90s but touched 94 mph while showing his fastball, curve, cutter and split over a scoreless inning for Triple-A Pawtucket. Bailey punched out two while working around an opposite field single.

Thursday afternoon's outing followed a 1-2-3 outing that included a strikeout on Wednesday. Bailey, in his return from thumb surgery, has now allowed one run in five innings at three levels of his rehab assignment. He has nine strikeouts and one walk.

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08/09/2012 - 12:32pm
Celtics release preseason schedule

The Celtics released their preseason schedule of eight games, including stops in Turkey and Italy.

In addition to exhibition games against Instanbul's Fenerbahee Ulker (featuring Australian national team star David Andersen) and Milan's EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, the C's will play two games apiece against the Knicks, 76ers and Nets. All preseason games will be broadcast on WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM.

Oct. 5: Celtics at Fenerbahce Ulker (Ulker Sports Arena, Istanbul, Turkey)
Oct. 7: Celtics at EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy)
Oct. 13: Knicks at Celtics (XL Center, Hartford, Conn.)
Oct. 15: Celtics at 76ers (Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.)
Oct. 16: Nets at Celtics (TD Garden, Boston, Mass.)
Oct. 18: Celtics at Nets (Barclays Center, New York, N.Y.)
Oct. 20: Celtics at...

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