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09/17/2011 - 7:11pm
No bargain: Sox can't cash in, lose to Rays

Ben Zobrist clubbed a two-run homer in the first inning off Jon Lester and Jeff Niemann allowed four hits and two runs over five innings as the Rays edged the Red Sox, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. As a result, the Red Sox lead in the American League wild card is back down to three games. 

Lester, who came in with a 5.14 ERA in the first inning, again struggled in the opening frame as he walked Desmond Jennings to begin the game. Lester appeared close to getting out of the first unscathed when he got B.J. Upton on a sacrifice bunt and Evan Longoria on a ground out. But Zobrist connected for his 16th homer on a 1-1 pitch. The homer just cleared the Green Monster and gave the Rays a 2-0 lead. 

The Rays made it 3-0 in the third when Jennings doubled and came around to score on a Lester wild pitch. The Red Sox finally responded in the bottom of the third when Friday night's hero Mike Aviles doubled home Carl Crawford. Jacoby...

09/17/2011 - 6:39pm
Buchholz 'pretty optimistic' after side session

Clay Buchholz was 'pretty optimistic' after executing his first bullpen session since being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back.The righty tossed 30 pitches off the bullpen mound at what he estimated was 75 percent ("80 percent at the end," he said).

Buchholz, who had right-handed batter Conor Jackson stand in the batters box during the session, is eyeing throwing a simulated game, perhaps either Monday or Tuesday.

"I felt good today," said Buchholz, who tossed off a mound for the first time since his diagnosis, Thursday. "Threw everything. Had Conor Jackson standing in as a hitter, gave a little more feel to it. Had no issues with the back today; it felt fine. If anything, the arm strength's not quite there with four seams. But there are no issues as far as the back goes."

While Buchholz hopes to be ready to make an appearance before the end of the regular season, he is also resigned to the fact that...

09/17/2011 - 5:25pm
Bedard on side session: 'It's a happy day'

Erik Bedard took a step toward returning to the Red Sox' rotation Saturday, throwing his first bullpen session since being sidelined following his Sept. 3 start.

The lefty threw approximately 35 pitches under the watch of pitching coach Curt Young prior to the Red Sox' game against the Rays, reporting no pain in either his injured lat or knee.

"No, I don't think so," Bedard said when asked if there was any problems during the side session. "I'll have to see how it reacts. The next day is the big key."

Bedard said he didn't feel any discomfort in his lat at all while throwing, a marked improvement from even a few days before. And while he continued to wear a brace on his knee, he called the difference between throwing this time compared to his last start as "night and day" when talking about the injury.

"It's a happy day," he said. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow and we'll go from there....

09/17/2011 - 4:21pm
Jenks: 'Nothing life or death right now'
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Bobby Jenks addressed the media on Saturday for the first time since being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism Sept. 13. Jenks, who appeared much thinner than his listed weight of 275 pounds, said he is finally starting to feel better after a difficult few weeks.

"There's nothing life or death right now," Jenks said. "I'm feeling very good. In another week or two, I'm going to start exercising again, try to start getting back on a regular routine. Right now, I'm on a lot of blood thinners. We're just trying to take care of this thing first before we move on to looking at the spine and doing the back surgery again."

Jenks said doctors found the blood clot in his lung when they performed a CT scan as part of a preoperative procedure. Pulmonary embolisms can be deadly if not caught and treated quickly. Jenks will continue to take blood thinners and have repeat CT scans done until the clot disappears. Doctors are not sure where the...

09/17/2011 - 12:31pm
Lineup: Aviles gets another start at third

For the second straight game Mike Aviles gets the start at third base for the Red Sox, who will send Jon Lester to the mound against the Rays' Jeff Niemann Saturday afternoon.

The following is the Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Josh Reddick RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Carl Crawford LF

Mike Aviles 3B

Marco Scutaro SS

Jon Lester P

For all the matchups, click here. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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