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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...

07/31/2010 - 9:30am
David Patten announces retirement

FOXBORO — Veteran wide receiver David Patten announced his retirement Saturday.

The 35-year-old, who played with the Patriots from 2001 until 2004, re-signed with New England as a free agent this past February after being out of the league for the entire 2009 season. He said he felt good after a couple of days of training camp, but instead, it was the mental grind that he found himself unable to deal with.

“When you lose it mentally, you can’t play at this level,” Patten said. “You can’t play at a high level.”

“He’s had a tremendous career,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was clearly emotional regarding the announcement. “He’s meant a lot to this team and a lot to this organization. ... From the bottom of my heart, I thank him for his contributions to this football team.”

Patten, who informed the team of his decision today,...

07/30/2010 - 11:10pm
Hurting Damon apologizes to Fenway crowd

The last thing Johnny Damon wanted to do was miss his return to Fenway Park for the first time as a member of the Detroit Tigers. But the outfielder, who starred on the 2004 World Series champions, had to pull himself out of the starting lineup before Friday's series opener with sharp pain due to spasms in the middle of his back. 

 

Damon's injury is just the latest to hamper the Tigers lineup as Brandon Inge is out with fracture in his left hand, Carlos Guillen is out with a right calf strain and Magglio Ordonez is out with a fractured right ankle. Inge, Guillen and Ordonez are all on the disabled list. Starter Armando Galarraga had to leave Friday's game one out shy of a win when Kevin Youkilis drilled a liner off his right ankle. 

 

"I tried doing everything I could to get ready for this game," Damon said after Detroit's 6-5 win. "I know we're very shorthanded. I wanted to come out and play in...

07/30/2010 - 10:05pm
Red Sox comeback falls short

Newly-acquired Jhonny Peralta hit a pair of home runs off Jon Lester as the Detroit Tigers barely held on for a 6-5 win over the Red Sox, Friday night at Fenway Park in the opener of a three-game series. David Ortiz belted his ninth career grand slam with one out in the ninth off closer Jose Valverde to make it a one-run game but Mike Cameron struck out looking with the tying and winning runs on base as the Sox fell just short

 

Lester allowed a season-high 11 hits and four runs over six-plus innings in suffering his sixth loss against 11 wins this season. 

 

Armando Galarraga, who came within one out of a perfect game against the Indians on June 2, had to come out of the game one out shy of qualifying for the win when Kevin Youkilis lined a ball off his right ankle in the fifth inning. Robbie Weinhardt came in to throw two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh to qualify for the win, his first in the majors....

07/30/2010 - 5:32pm
Iglesias in Lowell on Saturday

Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias, out since May 29 with an occult fracture of his right index finger, will play for the Spinners in Lowell on Saturday and then be evaluated on a day-by-day basis after that. The 20-year-old had spent all of his first full professional season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, hitting .306 with a .340 OBP and .408 slugging mark in 40 games.

 

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


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