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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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09/13/2011 - 6:11pm
Belichick: 99-yard touchdown 'tremendous'
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, sharing his thoughts on the team's 38-24 victory over the Dolphins in Week 1 with Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi. 

Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez each played large roles in the win, as both second-year players had touchdown receptions. Though they play the same position, the Patriots are utilize both players in different ways, as Hernandez is undersized, yet athletic, while Gronkowski presents a bigger target and is a superior blocker. Belichick said positional versatility is something he's always liked to have on the team, as it allows for the team to use players' strengths as often as possible. 

"Basically, that's what our philosophy is with this football team, is to have a system that's broad enough so that you can take advantage of players with different types of skill sets," the coach said. "The 3-4, 4-3, the...

09/13/2011 - 6:09pm
Jenks suffered pulmonary embolism

Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks, who proved unable to come back this season from a strained lower back suffered in July, was diagnosed with a small pulmonary embolism. While such a blockage of the lungs can have dire consequences, Jenks is being treated for the condition and is expected to recover fully from it.

"Through the course of all this testing they were doing on his back, they found a pulmonary embolism, which is certainly nothing to mess around with," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "Bobby was put on proper medication, and that's probably going to slow down the efforts to look at his back a little bit. But, in a hurry, the back becomes secondary. Bobby's doing fine, he's on proper medication, he's doing great, but that's what happened."

Jenks was in the Sox clubhouse on Tuesday. It is possible that he will require surgery on his back at some point -- something that would be impossible while being treated for a pulmonary...

09/13/2011 - 4:35pm
B's rookies drop second game to Islanders
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins' rookies fell to the Islanders' rookie squad Tuesday night by a 7-2 score at Nassau Coliseaum. The two squads split the two-game rookie series, as Boston was victorious in Monday night's contest.

Former Northeastern forward Tyler McNeely led the way for the Islanders, registering a goal and three assists for New York. Goaltender Anders Nilsson made 38 saves on the night, holding a shutout until the third period, when he allowed goals to Craig Cunningham and Anthony Camara.

The Bruins' rookies went 0-for-8 on the power play, though one lasted for just the final 7.1 seconds of the game. They failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:31, as they got seven shots on goal but failed to beat Nilsson.

Michael Hutchinson started the game for the B's, allowing six goals through the first period before giving way to Jared DeMichiel in the third period.

The game featured four fights, three of which occurred in the first five...

09/13/2011 - 4:31pm
Beckett to start Thursday or Friday

Josh Beckett will start for the Red Sox either Thursday or Friday vs. the Rays, Terry Francona said on Tuesday.

Beckett sprained his right ankle during a September 5 start in Toronto and was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning. He was sent back to Boston for tests and then re-joined the Sox in Tampa, where he threw a pair of long-toss sessions. On Monday, Beckett had a side session at Fenway Park.

Whether Beckett starts on Thursday or Friday will be based on how he feels and which day he prefers after meeting with Dr. George Theodore, an orthopedist who specializes in foot, ankle and knee injuries. 

“He had a side yesterday and did really well. He’s going to pitch Thursday or Friday. He’s going to meet with Dr. [George] Theodore a little bit later, just to go over that. He feels really good," said Francona. "He said he could have pitched [Monday], which is good news. We’ve got to...

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