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08/31/2011 - 7:34pm
Drew's return delayed due to finger injury

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said before the Red Sox' game against the Yankees Wednesday night that J.D. Drew suffered a mild setback in his rehab outing Tuesday night, with the outfielder spraining his right, middle finger while playing for the PawSox.

"We don't think it's anything major but he's not going to play tonight. So we'll see how long that puts him back," Epstein said. "Right now, we're status quo. We'll see what happens when J.D.'s ready."

Drew went 3-for-3 in the Tuesday night game, and was potentially set to rejoin the Red Sox' lineup Thursday.

"I don't think it as anything major, but it's just kind of uncomfortable swinging the bat today when he tried it," Epstein explained. "So we said they have a day off tomorrow anyway, just come back here and we'll check it out and see where we go from there."

Drew has been on the 15-day disabled since July 26 with a left...

08/31/2011 - 7:08pm
Report: Patriots claim CB Antwaun Molden

The Patriots claimed cornerback Antwaun Molden off waivers from Houston on Wednesday, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. Molden was a third-round pick of the Texans in 2008 out of Eastern Kentucky. Over his three years with the Texans, he collected 28 total tackles and never recorded an interception, with his best season coming in 2008 when he played in 14 games and came away with 20 tackles. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


08/31/2011 - 5:58pm
Theo: 'I'm really happy to be with Red Sox'

Theo Epstein is aware that his name has been linked in rumors regarding the Chicago Cubs and their opening for a general manager, but that was as far as he would go in addressing the topic on Wednesday in his first remarks on the subject.

"I'm really happy to be with the Red Sox," Epstein said. "I'm really happy to have the ability to come to work every day in a place likes this. Anybody associated with the Red Sox would have to be happy if you're working here and I am." 

Epstein knocked down a follow-up attempt, saying he wanted to keep the focus on the 2011 season. "To reiterate, I'm very happy here," he said. "My exclusive focus is with the Red Sox and doing everything we can to win a World Series. Beyond that, work really hard to make this the organization we want it to be."

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

08/31/2011 - 5:26pm
Francona: Won't 'hurry Beckett' in games

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he isn't about to tell Wednesday's starting pitcher Josh Beckett to do something that will make him feel uncomfortable. Beckett was criticized by former Mets manager Bobby Valentine on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball during his start on Aug. 7 for taking as much as 45 seconds between pitches to deliver the baseball.  

"That's not going to make me lose sleep," Francona said of Valentine's critique. 

Francona acknowledged that major league baseball will occasionally inform teams when they believe pitchers are being too deliberate and slowing the pace of the game.

"They could," Francona said. "From our standpoint, we always want our pitchers to work quick, just because your defense is going to be better and the game flows better. But if I have my choice of him pitching slow and winning and getting a letter from the [MLB], that's what I'd go with rather than him hurry and get...

08/31/2011 - 3:25pm
Lineup: Beckett looks to beat Yankees again

Josh Beckett (11-5, 2.43) will attempt to beat the Yankees for the fourth time this season on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Beckett has allowed just three earned runs in 27 innings pitched vs. the Yankees in 2011, striking out 30 batters against seven walks.

Beckett will be opposed by Philip Hughes (4-4, 6.46), who has struggled against the Sox this season, allowing nine hits and seven runs in 2.1 innings pitched. In his career Hughes has an ERA of 6.25 in 15 appearances vs. the Sox.

Dustin Pedroia will bat second in the Sox lineup for the first time since August 17. Pedroia had been in the cleanup position since August 18, but David Ortiz will take over that spot in the order on Wednesday. Ortiz has seven hits in 15 at-bats in his career against Hughes.

The Sox (82-52) stand a half-game ahead of the Yankees (81-52) in the AL East standings.

Lineup:

Ellsbury, CF

Pedroia, 2B

Gonzalez, 1B

Ortiz, DH

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