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08/01/2010 - 8:19am
Welker activated off PUP list

FOXBORO — Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio announced Sunday morning that wide receiver Wes Welker will come off the PUP list and return to practice immediately.

“Wes [Welker] will return to practice this morning,” Caserio said in a press conference prior to the start of Sunday morning’s practice. “He’s ready to go now. He’s deemed physically ready to go based on the tests and what our trainers have decided.”

Welker injured his left knee in January in the regular-season finale against the Texans, and underwent surgery in February. He was working on a limited basis with the team throughout spring practices, and was placed active/physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp.

In 14 games last season, Welker led the NFL with 123 receptions and finished second in receiving yards with 1,348. Since joining the Patriots prior to the 2007 season, he...

07/31/2010 - 7:59pm
Lowell's status remains unresolved

Following his team's 5-4 victory over the Tigers on Saturday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona met with corner infielder Mike Lowell and general manager Theo Epstein to discuss the status of the 2007 World Series MVP.

 

Lowell has been on the disabled list since June 24 with a right hip strain. He recently concluded a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket in which he hit .500 with four homers in 22 at-bats. The Sox tried unsuccessfully to deal him at the trade deadline, but with no match to be had, the 36-year-old's role on the club is murky. That said, Francona said that the team was not yet ready to announce a roster move involving Lowell.

 

"It’s certainly something that needs to be addressed," said Francona. "We’ll probably talk about that a little bit more."

 

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07/31/2010 - 6:54pm
Big Papi saves the day as Red Sox rally

David Ortiz doubled to left-center with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score three runs and lift the Red Sox to a dramatic 5-4 win on over the Detroit Tigers Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

 

Miguel Cabrera drilled a long two-run homer over the Green Monster off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first as the Tigers raced out to a 2-0 lead and built a 4-0 advantage before the Red Sox rallied with two in the seventh and Ortiz's 18th career walk-off hit in the ninth.

 

Two new additions to the Red Sox roster made contributions as Ryan Kalish started in left for Jeremy Hermida, who went from being the starting left field to being designated for assignment just prior to the game. And Dustin Richardson relieved Matsuzaka in the seventh inning, taking the spot of Ramon Ramirez, who was traded to San Francisco at the trading deadline.

 

Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect ninth to earn the win while former Yankee...

07/31/2010 - 6:43pm
Sox designate Lowell for assignment

The Red Sox announced following Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers that veteran Mike Lowell had been designated for assignment. The team will now have 10 days to either trade or release the veteran.

 

Lowell, acquired along with Josh Beckett from the Marlins after the 2005 season in exchange for Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and two other prospects, was hitting .213 with a .308 OBP, .350 slugging mark and .658 OPS, has been on the disabled list since late June due to his ailing right hip. The 36-year-old appeared in just 31 games this year for the Sox while being relegated to a reserve role once the team signed Adrian Beltre during the offseason.

 

But while Lowell was unhappy during his final months as a Red Sox, there had been far better times for him in his Boston career. Most notably, Lowell will be remembered for his role on the 2007 World Series winning club. He was named MVP of that Fall Classic after...

07/31/2010 - 5:29pm
DeJesus, bullpen were Red Sox' targets

The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and the Red Sox came away with some pieces that could help in the future in catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and pitcher Daniel Turpin. They also promoted outfield prospect Ryan Kalish, along with reliever Dustin Richardson, while also starting the process of integrating Felix Doubront into the bullpen.

 

There were a grouping of players, however, which the Sox felt like might immediately have an impact on the 2010 club which ended up being deemed not worth the investment.

 

A handful of potential late-inning relievers were in the Sox’ sights as the trade deadline’s final minutes ticked away, a group that included Seattle’s Brandon League, along with Scott Downs of Toronto and Kerry Wood of the Indians. What wasn’t available, despite reports, were the kind of closers who might have warranted giving up top prospects. Both Kansas City’s Joakim Soria (...

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