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09/23/2011 - 4:51pm
Francona: 'Disrespectful' to worry about job

NEW YORK -- Amid talk of a disconnect between Red Sox manager Terry Francona and the team's front office, Francona said, "It would be disrespectful for me to spend any waking moment thinking about my job situation."

He added that the organization has a responsibility to have the right guy, and that while he cares a lot about his job, he's focused on how the team is performing. The Red Sox have lost 16 of 21 games this month and seen their wild card lead shrink to two games heading into their game Friday night against the Yankees.

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


09/23/2011 - 4:44pm
Lackey to start Sunday against Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox have tabbed John Lackey to start the Sunday finale of their series with the Yankees. Lackey will be working on five days rest, but he is coming off an outing in which he gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The starter's identity had been undecided heading into the series, but manager Terry Francona went with Lackey instead of inserting reliever Alfredo Aceves into the rotation. 

"I think starting Lackey is the right thing to do," Fracona said. He added that he preferred Aceves to remain in the bullpen where he can be used as in several different roles.

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


09/23/2011 - 4:39pm
Patriots cut TE Dan Gronkowski

The Patriots announced Friday that they have released tight end Dan Gronkowski. The brother of New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, was signed by the Patriots on September 7, 2011 and played in the first two games for the Patriots. He is a veteran of two NFL seasons with Detroit (2009) and Denver (2010). Gronkowski originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (255th overall) of Detroit in 2009 out of Maryland. He was traded by Detroit to Denver on Sept. 4, 2010. He was released by Denver on Sept. 3. He has played in 16 NFL games, including two with the Patriots, with four starts and has nine receptions for 65 yards. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


09/23/2011 - 4:34pm
Tito: Buchholz' next step could be game

NEW YORK -- Clay Buchholz threw a two-inning simulated game indoors consisting of 15 pitches per inning and said that he experienced nothing more than normal soreness. That was a relief for Buchholz who said that it was "a weight off my shoulders," and he now expects to have a normal offseason workout program.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that his pitcher's next step in attempting to return from a stress fracture in his back would be pitching in a game, although no earlier than Monday when the Sox begin a three-game series with Baltimore to finish the season. Buchholz acknowledged that it might be hard to put him on the postseason roster without that experience.

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


09/23/2011 - 3:57pm
Hernandez, Vollmer, Wright out Sunday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots officially listed tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) as out for Sunday's game against the Bills in Buffalo. Here's the rest of the Friday afternoon injury report:

Questionable
S Patrick Chung (hand -- limited participation)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip -- limited participation)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring -- limited participation)
DT Albert Haynesworth (back -- did not practice)
LB Jerod Mayo (thigh -- limited participation)
P Zoltan Mesko (left knee -- limited participation)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring -- limited participation)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf -- limited participation)

Probable
CB Kyle Arrington (concussion -- full participation)
S Josh Barrett (thumb -- full participation)
CB Leigh Bodden (hand -- full participation)
LB Dane...

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