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09/06/2011 - 8:48pm
Buchholz may throw off mound next week

TORONTO -- Clay Buchholz took another step forward in his return from the stress fracture in his back and is hoping to throw off a mound at some point during the Red Sox' next homestead.

On Tuesday he made 75 throws -- 25 warming up, 25 from 60 feet and 25 more from 90 feet -- with no problems, and he plans on stretching out the maximum distance of his throws to 105 feet Wednesday. The pitcher reported that "everything felt good," in his first throwing session since going back-to-back days over the weekend.

"If everything goes right -- and I think I'm doing two days on, one day off -- if there's enough days, that's what we're going to do hopefully for sure while we're home," Buchholz said regarding throwing off a mound for the first time since July 25. "I'll be able to put some spikes on and get off a mound and see how it feels.

"Obviously off a mound won’t be the same effort I’m throwing now,"...

09/06/2011 - 7:43pm
Sprained ankle for Beckett, no tendon issue

TORONTO -- The Red Sox released a statement Tuesday regarding the health of Josh Beckett, who left Monday's game after 3 2/3 innings with what was classified as an ankle injury. After Beckett was examined by Dr. George Theodore at Massachusetts General Hospital, it was determined that the injury the pitcher suffered was "consistent with an ankle sprain." Following is the statement released by the team.

"Josh was evaluated today at the Massachusetts General Hospital by the Red Sox medical staff, including team foot and ankle specialist Dr. George Theodore. Josh experienced pain in his ankle while pitching last night. His examination was consistent with an ankle sprain. An MRI was performed that confirmed no other injury to his ankle tendons, or his Achilles tendon. We will re-evaluate his symptoms and availability later this week."

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to Tuesday night's game that it was unlikely Beckett...

09/06/2011 - 6:07pm
Belichick: Happy with Patriots safeties
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi on The Big Show Tuesday, discussing where the defending AFC East champions stand as they prepare for Monday's season-opener against the Dolphins in Miami.

Belichick would not comment on the release of cornerback Darius Butler, saying, "Whatever announcements we have, we'll put them out there." While he wouldn't comment on Butler, he did address the state of the team after its other releases.

The Patriots' most notable release last week was that of safety Brandon Meriweather, the team's first-round pick in the 2007 draft. The team also moved on from safety James Sanders, leaving the Pats with a relatively young collection of players at the safety position. 

"I think we have a group of young players there," Belichick said of the Patriots' safety crop. "They're all involved in the kicking game as well. Patrick Chung has had a solid...

09/06/2011 - 4:43pm
Pats cut former 2nd-round pick Butler
By: DJ Bean

Cornerback Darius Butler tweeted Tuesday that his time with the Patriots is over, with multiple outlets reporting the team cut its 2009 second-round pick. 

Tweeted ButlerIts been real New England. I was blessed to have a chance to play and start my NFL career here. But its time to open a new chapter. Thx #patsnation.

In two professional seasons since being drafted out of UConn, Butler has totaled 58 tackles and three interceptions.

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09/06/2011 - 4:20pm
Beckett likely to miss Sunday start

TORONTO -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, whose right ankle is being examined in Boston on Tuesday afternoon after he had to leave Monday's start against the Blue Jays, is almost certain to miss his next scheduled outing on Sunday, according to Sox manager Terry Francona.

"I think that's probably common sense," said Francona.

While the Sox are still awaiting the results of the exam, Beckett (12-5 with a 2.49 ERA in a team-leading 173 2/3 innings) told team trainer Mike Reinold that he is feeling some improvement today.

"I think he was actually doing OK, good enough to complain about going [for the exam]," said Francona.

With Beckett likely to miss Sunday and Erik Bedard being skipped on Friday to rest his sore left knee, the Sox will have John Lackey start on Friday, with rookie Kyle Weiland making a start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

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