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06/30/2010 - 7:58pm
Red Sox sign Milton native Rich Hill

The Red Sox have signed left-handed pitcher Rich Hill, according to a team source. The left-hander, who hails from Milton, Mass., will join Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

Hill, 30, last pitched in the majors in 2009 with the Orioles. He has a 21-20 record and 4.87 ERA in parts of five big league seasons. His best year came as a starter with the Cubs in 2007, when he went 11-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 195 innings.

 

But since then, Hill has struggled with his command, walking 58 in 77 innings while moving from the Cubs to the Orioles to the Cardinals and now the Red Sox. He has spent all of this season pitching for Triple-A Memphis (the Cardinals affiliate), primarily in relief. He had a 4-3 record and 4.30 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 46 innings, but with 30 walks.

 

News of Hill's signing was first reported by PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard (...

06/30/2010 - 4:29pm
Pedroia: 'Hey, we're winning games'
By: DJ Bean

Appearing on The Big Show on Wednesday with Lou Merloni and Rob Bradford, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia discussed the foot injury he suffered in San Francisco last Friday and how the team has responded to his trip to the DL.

 

"I've never missed a significant amount of time before, so it's kind of tough, but I'm going to get back in there as soon as possible," Pedroia said. 

 

The prognosis for Pedroia was that he would miss six weeks with the injury, but the 2008 AL MVP has confidence in him teammates as he tries to speed the process along. 

 

"They said two weeks on crutches, then in three weeks there going to take another CT scan to see how my bone's healing and then we'll go from there," Pedroia said. "We'll see where we're at. I'm anxious to get back, but the guys that are filling in right now are doing a great job for us. As long as we keep winning ball...

06/30/2010 - 3:20pm
Lineup: Patterson makes Sox debut

Eric Patterson, whom the Red Sox acquired on Saturday from the Oakland Athletics following the injury to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, will make his first appearance with his new club on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Patterson is batting second and playing left field, with Daniel Nava getting the night off.

 

For complete matchup information for tonight's game between the Sox and Rays, which will feature Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound against Matt Garza, click here.

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Patterson, 7

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 3

Beltre, 5

Drew, 9

Hall, 4

Varitek, 2

Cameron, 8

 

SP -- Matsuzaka


06/30/2010 - 1:58pm
Source: Doc Rivers returns to Celtics

WEEI's Michael Holley has confirmed through a team source that Doc Rivers will return for the final year of his contract to coach the Boston Celtics.

The news was first reported by The Herald’s Steve Bulpett.

This is very encouraging news for the Celtics and Danny Ainge as he attempts to bring back the core of the team for another run. The veteran players had all expressed support for Rivers while he took some time to consider his options.

While Paul...

06/30/2010 - 1:18pm
Tito on D&H: Beltre is 'hitting everything'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday and talked about the play of Adrian Beltre, who is ranked among the American League top 10 in batting average, slugging and OPS. 

 

"He's had some pretty big years now," said Francona. "He's had some injuries, he's had some amazing years. We're seeing him at his best, and he's held it for a long time. He's hitting everything -- he hit a ball down the left-field line last night [Tuesday] that had to be a foot outside [the strike zone]. With two strikes he shortens up a little bit, he squares up the ball to all fields, it's obvious he feels great about himself. He's played every day, I think his biggest fear is that we are going to walk up to him and tell him he has the day off. We just stay away from him."

 

Francona was asked about Victor Martinez and if there was a chance that he could have avoided a DL...

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