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08/11/2010 - 4:22pm
Pedroia to play 2B, DH at Pawtucket

TORONTO -- Following up on Tuesday's news that second baseman Dustin Pedroia was just a weekend rehab stint away from rejoining the Red Sox, manager Terry Francona added further detail on Wednesday.

 

In his first game at Triple A Pawtucket Saturday, Pedroia, who has been out since June 25 with a broken bone in his left foot, will play second base. He will then serve as Pawtucket's designated hitter on Sunday before returning to the Red Sox on Tuesday for the first of three games with the Angels to commence a nine-game homestand.

 

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


08/11/2010 - 2:19pm
Lineups: Lowrie out, Kalish in
By: DJ Bean

For the third game in a row, Marco Scutaro will be leading off for the Red Sox while center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury bats ninth. Clay Buchholz (12-5, 2.66 ERA) will take the hill for the Red Sox against Shaun Marcum (10-5, 3.44) in the second game of the three-game set between the Sox and Blue Jays. 

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. J.D. Drew, RF

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. Mike Lowell, 1B

7. Ryan Kalish, LF

8. Bill Hall, 2B

9. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

 

To see Buchholz' track record vs. Toronto and how Red Sox hitters have fared against Marcum, click here. For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/11/2010 - 1:06pm
Pats see Sam Bam as HOFer, civil rights hero

FOXBORO -- On the eve of his induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame, Sam "Bam" Cunningham was again recognized for his work beyond the gridiron on Wednesday. Patriots owner Robert Kraft recalled a dinner at his Brookline home in 2009 when John Hannah paid tribute to Cunningham as a man who opened up football to African-Americans in the Deep South of Alabama.

 

"What will always stick out to me about him was what he did for integration in the South," Kraft said. "At our 50th anniversary ceremony, it was very poignant and he hadn’t been back here since he left and we had a party in our backyard and John Hannah and he are there and John Hannah said, ‘Sam Cunningham did more for integration than Dr. Martin Luther King in that area’ because when Bear Bryant brought him into the locker room after they had been beaten by USC and said, ‘This is what a real football player is.’ That made it...

08/11/2010 - 11:40am
Francona on D&H: We'll go to Doubront

Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about his team as it enters the final stretch, and he confirmed Jarrod Saltalamacchia's immediate move from Pawtucket to the big club as well as Kevin Cash's trip to the disabled list due to hamstring issues. 

 

"I don't think we're real comfortable with the position we're in, having just one catcher," Francona said. "So we talked to Cash this morning, and Saltalamacchia's on his way [to Toronto]. He'll probably get in here pretty soon."

 

Speaking of additions, Francona also talked about Felix Doubront, who entered Tuesday's game in a pickle but was able to perform admirably given the circumstances, and his quick transition from a starter to a reliever. Francona noted that he wanted to ease the young pitcher into his new role rather than throw him to the wolves so early. 

 

"That's kind of...

08/11/2010 - 11:26am
Welker uncertain for preseason opener

FOXBORO — According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, wide receiver Wes Welker remains a game-day decision for the preseason opener against the Saints Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

"We'll see how it goes yesterday and today and make a decision on that," Belichick said during his Wednesday morning press conference prior to the third of three joint practices with the Saints. "I don't know. I'm not saying he will. I'm not saying he won't. We'll evaluate it and see."

Welker, who suffered a left knee injury in last year's regular-season finale, has been rehabbing throughout the spring and summer in an attempt to return to the field. He says sometimes he feels himself getting better, and some days, not so much.

"Some days I do and some days I don’t," he said. "I think as long as I’m out here and am able to make those same movements, it helps in the long run."...

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