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09/04/2011 - 6:42am
PawSox clinch postseason berth

The Pawtucket Red Sox clinched the International League North Division title with a 12-7 victory over the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate from Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Pawtucket rallied for seven runs in the eighth inning to erase a 7-5 deficit and claim its first division title since 2003.

Catcher/DH Ryan Lavarnway punctuated his tremendous season by delivering the go-ahead blast, a three-run homer in the eighth that put the PawSox ahead, 8-7. It was Lavarnway's 32nd homer of the year between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. Between the two levels, he's hitting .290 with a .376 OBP, .563 slugging mark and .939 OPS.

The game also featured the first Triple-A extra-base hit by top Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman delivered the milestone in style, blasting a grand slam against Manny Banuelos, one of the top pitchers in the Yankees' system.

The International League playoffs will begin on Wednesday, with the PawSox...

09/03/2011 - 10:43pm
Report: Brian Waters visits with Patriots

One day after the Patriots hosted offensive lineman Andre Gurode, they had another veteran lineman in for a visit in Brian Waters, according to multiple reports.

Waters is a 34-year-old who has played with both Dallas and Kansas City, but really made his bones with the Chiefs, where he became a five-time Pro Bowler. A two-time All-Pro, Waters is known as a high-character guy — he was the 2009 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. (According to Shalise Manza Young, the Patriots and Waters did talk contract when the two sat down on Saturday.)

Meanwhile, the Patriots are thin on the interior of their offensive line, particularly at guard, where Dan Connolly suffered an injury in the Patriots preseason loss to Detroit last week and Rich Ohrnberger going on injured reserve. In addition, Ryan Wendell has struggled to see the field since suffering an injury in training camp, while potential guard Marcus Cannon was placed on reserve/non...

09/03/2011 - 9:32pm
Sox prospect Brentz hits 30th HR

Red Sox minor leaguer Bryce Brentz blasted his 30th home run of the season on Saturday night. Brentz, selected by the Red Sox in the sandwich round (No. 36 overall) of the 2010 draft, opened the year with 11 homers in 40 games at Single-A Greenville, earning a rapid promotion to High-A Salem. He has continued to assert himself as potentially one of the top right-handed power-hitting prospects in the Sox' system in years, blasting 19 homers in 73 games to reach 30 longballs for the season -- despite having missed a few weeks due to a wrist injury in May.

For the year, between two levels, Brentz is hitting .305 with a .365 OBP, .579 slugging mark and .944 OPS. Brentz is now the second Red Sox minor leaguer this year to eclipse 30 homers, joining Ryan Lavarnway, who accomplished the feat with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket this year. Prior to those two, no Sox minor leaguer since 2004 had hit 30 or more homers.

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09/03/2011 - 8:32pm
Lowrie (shoulder) likely to miss Sunday
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after Saturday's 12-7 win over the Rangers that shortstop Jed Lowrie, who left the game in the fourth inning with left shoulder tightness, is unlikely to be in Sunday's starting lineup. Francona did note that though Lowrie had to come out of Saturday's game, the shoulder issue is not serious, and that the team was just being careful with the infielder. 

"Jed [was] just stiff, I think probably from a little bit of fatigue," Francona said. "He's played a lot. ... I don't think he'll play tomorrow, [but] he'll certainly be available. So we're OK there. That might be me overreacting a little bit. I just don't want to lose guys."

Francona added that outfielder Josh Reddick, who went 4-for-4 but left the game after getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, had X-rays taken, which came out negative. Though he did not specifially say how that might impact Reddick's status...

09/03/2011 - 7:57pm
Just grand: Crawford, Sox slam Rangers
By: DJ Bean

Carl Crawford hit his first grand slam in a Red Sox uniform Saturday as part of an eight-run fourth inning that propelled the Sox past the Rangers in a 12-7 victory.

Crawford wasn't the only outfielder to turn in a standout performance Saturday. Right fielder Josh Reddick went 4-for-4 in the win, which kept the Sox half a game behind the Yankees with New York's victory over Toronto Saturday. 

Erik Bedard allowed five hits and three earned runs over six innings, walking four and striking out six in the process on 101 pitches. He was helped by a pair of inning-ending unassisted double plays from first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, both of which came with a runner on third. He finished his outing strong, as four of his strikouts came over a pair of scoreless innings following Boston's big fourth inning. With the win, Bedard's record improved to 5-9.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia also had a big day for the Sox, as he belted his 14th homer of the ...

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