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09/08/2012 - 5:03pm
Lackey throws 15 pitches of live BP
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox starter John Lackey threw live batting practice Saturday, marking the first time the veteran right-hander has thrown to hitters since getting Tommy John surgery on Nov. 1. Lackey, 33, threw 15 pitches in the session as teammates looked on. 

"[It was] the first step in a new world for him after a real hard summer of rehab," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Better than how he looked is how he felt. He said he felt great afterwards, and that's what's really important."

Valentine said that he felt Lackey's session was "OK considering that it's the first time" he's thrown to hitters in quite some time. 

"His breaking ball was really good, which is usually the last thing," Valentine said. "He's been working on that less. It was good, he just didn't have real good control of his two-seamer."

The manager said that the next step for Lackey is "more of the same," and...

09/08/2012 - 4:53pm
Lineup: Ciriaco leading off for Sox
By: DJ Bean

After leading off in three straight games, Scott Podsednik will hit eighth Saturday as the Red Sox face the Blue Jays in the second game of their three-game set at Fenway Park. Pedro Ciriaco is leading off for the Sox, while Boston will send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound against Toronto's Aaron Laffey. 

The Red Sox' lineup is as follows: 

1. Pedro Ciriaco, 3B

2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

4. Cody Ross, RF

5. Mauro Gomez, 1B

6. Ryan Lavarnway, C

7. Mike Aviles, DH

8. Scott Podsednik, LF

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka

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09/08/2012 - 4:22pm
Just Spiffy: Evans, BC rout Maine

CHESTNUT HILL -- Sophomore Spiffy Evans returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass to lead the Boston College Eagles over the Maine Black Bears, 34-3, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. 

The Eagles dominated the game from the start but a Deuce Finch fumble set Maine up first and goal at the BC 10 midway through the first quarter. The Eagles defense, which was in control the entire game, stopped David Hood at the Eagles 2, forcing Maine to settle for a 19-yard Brian Harvey field goal and an early 3-0 Black Bears lead. BC outgained Maine, 112-24, in the opening quarter. 

But BC took the lead for good when Chase Rettig orchestrated a nine-play, 62-yard drive, capped off by a three-yard pass to Evans on 3rd-and-goal with just over seven minutes left in the first half. 

Maine punter Jeffrey Ondish mishandled a snap and BC recovered at the Maine 10. Two players later, Rettig found Johnathan...

09/08/2012 - 8:28am
Valentine interviewed Lovullo for bench coach

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, shortly after his hiring on Dec. 1, interviewed current Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo to discuss what was then a vacancy on the new manager's staff for the bench coach position. Lovullo, who spent a year as the manager of the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, was one of the last cuts in the Sox' managerial search.

"It was maybe a week after Bobby was hired. I had a chance to sit down and talk with him for several hours one afternoon and basically interview for the position," said Lovullo. "I was honored by the fact that they considered me for that position. I didn't really have an outlook [on the likelihood of being hired]. In baseball, you learn to sit down and talk about things. When you're interviewing and going through the process, you just try to keep your thoughts as neutral as possible, do my best to see if my thoughts aligned with Bobby and if I could get the...

09/07/2012 - 11:37pm
The cellar: Sox tied for last after loss to Jays

The Red Sox suffered a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays, dropping Boston into a tie with Toronto for last place in the American League East. The Sox are in last for the first time since July 29.

The Jays did their damage early and often against Sox starter Felix Doubront, who was knocked out after four-plus innings having permitted five runs on two walks and six hits, including two homers. He struck out four. It was the sixth time in 28 starts this year that Doubront has failed to go at least five innings. He's also in a season-ending tailspin, with an 8.27 ERA in his last seven starts since July 23, a span during which he is 0-4.

The Sox did rally for single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, with Mauro Gomez contributing a pinch-hit RBI single and Dustin Pedroia driving in a pair of runs, one on an RBI groundout and another on a solo homer (his 13th). Gomez, celebrating his 28th birthday, later added a two-run homer to left in the ninth...

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