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09/13/2011 - 11:39pm
Beckett tentatively slated to start Friday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after his team's 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night that Josh Beckett is tentatively slated to make his next start Friday night at Fenway Park against the Rays.

Beckett, who hasn't pitched since he exited his September 5 start with a sprained right ankle, threw a successful bullpen session Monday, paving the way for a return to the rotation. It is still unclear who will make the Sox' start Thursday in their series opener against Tampa Bay.

"Yeah, I think he's going to pitch Friday," Francona said. "That's not exactly set in stone, but I think that's the way we're leaning. He's going to come out tomorrow and cover first and stuff, do those types of things, have that kind of workout, and I think Friday's looking good."

Another injured Red Sox starter, Erik Bedard, did some light tossing Tuesday, but isn't a candidate to pitch this week. The left-hander told WEEI.com prior to the...

09/13/2011 - 10:57pm
Former players bringing suit vs. NFLPA

According to Yahoo Sports, a collection of retired NFL players -- including former Patriots offensive lineman and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Hannah -- on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the National Football League Players Association, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. The former players are reportedly bringing the suit because they believe they believe the current players did not have the authority to negotiate on their behalf during the lockout.

Michael Hausfeld, who is representing the former players, said this lawsuit does not affect the current labor peace but that the former players want to readjust the benefits they’ve received in the new CBA. Said Hausfeld: "The retirees rights were sacrificed for the benefit of the active players.”

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09/13/2011 - 10:20pm
Sox' bats help Wakefield claim 200th win

Dustin Pedroia launched two home runs, scored four runs and claimed five RBI in leading the Red Sox to an 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, allowing Tim Wakefield to claim his 200th career victory. The win, coupled with the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Rays, pushed the Sox' Wild Card lead over Tampa Bay back up to four games.

The 45-year-old Wakefield, who becomes the 108th pitcher in major league history to win 200 games, allowed five runs over six innings, striking out six and walking two while throwing 96 pitches. The knuckleballer trailed 5-4 heading into the fourth inning, but back-to-back homers by Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia would give the Sox the lead for good.

Pedroia would strike again in the sixth, ripping his second round-tripper of the game over the left field wall for a three-run home run and his 20th of the season. It allowed the second baseman to become the seventh player in Red Sox history to claim at least...

09/13/2011 - 8:03pm
Report: Koppen out 6-10 weeks

The Patriots got word on Tuesday that starting center Dan Koppen will be lost from six to 10 weeks with a small break in his left ankle, according to a report by the NFL Network's Albert Breer. 

Breer reported Tuesday night that Koppen, who was injured when Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby fell on him late in the second quarter, has a small crack in the ankle, along wtih a bad ankle sprain. Breer reports minor surgery is likely, with the possiblity that a screw will be needed to stabilize the ankle during rehabilitation. 

Right guard Dan Connolly moved over and assumed center responsibilities the remainder of the game, with Brian Waters playing the rest of the game at right guard. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the football blog It Is What It Is

 


09/13/2011 - 7:48pm
Ortiz pulled due to back spasms

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was scratched prior to his first at-bat of the game against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night due to back spasms. Though in the lineup, Ortiz was replaced by pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie in the bottom of the first inning against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow. Lowrie fanned on three pitches.

Ortiz is hitting .313 with a team-leading 29 homers and 92 RBI this year, along with a .400 OBP, .579 slugging mark and .979 OPS.

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