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07/27/2012 - 2:34pm
Lineups: Crawford hitting second

Carl Crawford is back near the top of the lineup for the Red Sox as they prepare to take on Phil Hughes and the Yankees. With the right-handed Hughes on the mound, Daniel Nava will be the Red Sox' designated hitter, batting eighth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the start behind the plate with right-hander Aaron Cook on the mound.

Crawford has struggled against Hughes in his career, going 3-for-18 with three walks, a double and two strikeouts. The Yankees lineup will feature Raul Ibanez batting fifth, a position that reflects his considerable career success (5-for-11, double, walk) against the sinkerballer.

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RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Crawford, LF
Pedroia, 2B
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07/27/2012 - 11:57am
Patriots sign OT Darrion Weems

The Patriots have signed offensive tackle Darrion Weems, according to a report from Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe. The 6-foot-5, 318-pounder out of Oregon was undrafted but picked up by the Vikings, who cut him before the start of camp.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed the signing at his daily press conference.

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07/27/2012 - 7:56am
Cherington on D&C: Sox not 'giving in'

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, during an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, said he's confident the team can turn its fortunes around and make the playoffs without mortgaging the future.

Cherington said the baseball operations staff has been active and will continue to be so leading up to Tuesday's trade deadline. The Sox play the first-place Yankees in New York this weekend.

"We spend more time in the room talking with each other about deals, and maybe have 30 or 40 phone calls with other teams throughout the course of the day," he said. "I assume that will continue, and the subject matter of those phone calls will depend some on what other teams do and some on what we do this weekend."

Cherington stressed that the Sox are well within contention for the playoffs.

"When we look at where we are in the standings, I guess particularly the teams that are right ahead of us in the...

07/27/2012 - 7:11am
Mashup: Jets' Ryan frustrated with Holmes

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who allegedly is trying to be a better teammate this season after last year's issues, was put in his place by coach Rex Ryan as the team opened training camp. Holmes, talking about the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow situation, said last week that a two-quarterback system can't work in the NFL.

Said Ryan: "We brought Santonio here to be a receiver, not the offensive coordinator. Again, we'll make those decisions, we'll do what's in the best interest of our football team, and that's the way it'll always be."

Sanchez did his best to downplay the controversy.

"I think Tone's been nothing but supportive of Tim being here, of me as a quarterback,” Sanchez said. “I think it might have gotten skewed differently than he would have liked. I don’t want to speak for Tone. You might want to ask him on that one. He’s excited to be back and just wants the rock.”

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07/26/2012 - 4:47pm
Welker: 'Contract is out of my mind'

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker reported to camp on Thursday with the rest of the Patriots veterans and insisted there are no hard feelings after he and the team could not work out a long-term contract before the July 16 deadline. Instead, Welker will play the 2012 season with New England for $9 million after signing his franchise tender in the spring.  

"I approach it like any other year, go out there and try and help my team win games," Welker said. "That's the bottom line for me. That's where my focus is, just whatever my role is, just try to help the team win.

"You've got to prove it every year, so there's no year where you don't need to prove it, so it's like any other year. The contract and everything else is out of my mind and it's really just going out there...

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