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07/31/2010 - 2:22pm
Kalish on his way to Fenway Park

Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish is on his way to Fenway Park, and could be activated for Saturday's game, according to a source. Kalish is hitting .294 with a .356 OBP, .476 slugging mark and .832 OPS in 37 games with Triple-A Pawtucket. He was promoted from Double-A Portland in May, after hitting .293/.404/.527/.931. He has 13 homers and 25 steals in 28 attempts between the two levels this year.

 

The 22-year-old earns comparisons to Trot Nixon for his intense play. Like Nixon, he was a highly recruited quarterback coming out of high school. Kalish turned down a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia to sign with the Red Sox after being taken in the ninth round of the 2006 draft.

 

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07/31/2010 - 1:09pm
Francona: Bullpen trades a 'crapshoot'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that he is unsure whether or not his team will make a trade before Saturday's 4 p.m. trading deadline, but he acknowedged that trading for bullpen help is complicated by the volatility of relief performances  and the steep cost of acquisition. Relievers can swing between All-Star performances and disappointing ones, especially over a short sample, and so the Sox will approach trade deadline acquisitions with some caution.

 

"When you’re acquiring bullpen help, there’s certainly some amount of a crapshoot with it," said Francona. "That’s what I’m sure [Sox GM Theo Epstein] and those guys are discussing right now, and it’s very difficult decisions. You’re probably going to overpay for a reliever, and that is very difficult."

 

That helps to explain why the team plans to move Felix Doubront to the bullpen in Triple-A...

07/31/2010 - 1:08pm
Report: Burgess saying he'll retire

According to a report from Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Patriots linebacker Derrick Burgess continues to tell both current and former players he is retiring, but has yet to file paperwork with the league office. Burgess, who has yet to report to Patriots' training camp, signed a one-year deal with New England this past offseason. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Friday that the team still expects Burgess to report. “Of course, Derrick wasn’t here yesterday,” Belichick said Friday morning. “We expect him to be here. He’s not here. But his situation isn’t unprecedented. We’ll deal with it going forward. I’m not sure I know all I need to know, but we’ll take it day-by-day.” For more on this story, check out our Patriots' page at weei.com/Patriots.
 


07/31/2010 - 11:22am
Lineups: Drew again scheduled to return

J.D. Drew, who was a late scratch on Friday night against the Tigers, is once again listed as hitting second and playing right field in the Boston lineup. Drew last started on Monday, having sat out of the last few games due to a sore hamstring. He did appear as a pinch-hitter on Friday, drawing an intentional walk in the ninth innings.

 

Mike Cameron, who appeared to be struggling physically while going 1-for-5 and having a fly ball tick off his glove on Friday, is out of the Sox lineup against Tigers starter Max Scherzer. Darnell McDonald will bat ninth and play center.

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Drew, 9

Youkilis, 3

Ortiz, DH

Martinez, 2

Beltre, 5

Hall, 4

Hermida, 7

McDonald, 8

 

SP -- Matsuzaka


07/31/2010 - 10:55am
Red Sox shifting Doubront to bullpen

According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox will shift starter Felix Doubront to the bullpen in hopes of bolstering their struggling relief corps. Earlier in July, the team had anticipated that the left-hander would remain stretched out in the Pawtucket starting rotation since he represents valuable depth for the major league starting staff. However, with the team's ongoing bullpen struggles, the Sox have committed to shifting him to relief for the remainder of the year, a process that will begin immediately.According to the sources, Doubront’s shift to relief will occur regardless of whether the Sox make any moves to acquire bullpen help.

 

Doubront is 8-3 with a 2.88 ERA in the minors this year, and 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA in three big league starts. The 22-year-old has never made a relief appearance as a professional. In the majors, Doubront held lefties to a .158 average with a .396 OPS in 21 plate appearances. With...

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