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08/27/2011 - 9:32am
Lineup: Lowrie out, Aviles at 3B for Game 1

After an 0-for-5 performance at the plate Friday night with a career-high four strikeouts, Jed Lowrie could use a day off, or at least part of the day off. The Red Sox infielder will not start for the first time since August 13 and will be replaced by his fellow utilityman Mike Aviles at third base for Saturday's first game of a doubleheader against the A's. Aviles returns to the infield after playing left field to mixed results Friday night.

Lowrie's struggles Friday night, which he called a "horse [expletive] night," are not the only reason why the 27-year-old finds himself out of the starting nine Saturday. Lowrie is hitting just .213 against righties this season, and with Oakland right-hander Guillermo Moscoso set to take the hill, the move to keep Lowrie out of the lineup seems like an easy one.

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08/27/2011 - 12:18am
Francona: Wakefield doesn't need rest

In his six attempts at career victory No. 200, Tim Wakefield is now 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA. For the year, he is 6-6 with a 5.10 ERA and he has reached 130 innings, nearing his total from 2010 and surpassing his workload of 2009.

As such, and given his struggles later in games, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked whether the knuckleballer could benefit from extra rest before his next start. The Sox skipper declined to suggest as much.

"I bet you every pitcher might be able to benefit from a little of downtime. I just think Wake had a tough night," said Francona. "This last streak he’s been on when he’s trying to get this win, there’s been a lot of things happen where he’s left this game with leads and we’ve given them up or something has happened. Nah, he’s OK. He’s worked hard so he can do this. I think he’s OK.”

For more on Wakefield's perspective on his...

08/26/2011 - 10:47pm
Stormy Wake: Wake denied 200, Sox lose

Tim Wakefield was tagged for six runs in the fourth inning and the Red Sox offense couldn't make up the difference as the A's hammered Boston, 15-5, Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox maintained their one-game lead on the Yankees in the AL East 

Wakefield was making his sixth bid for his 200th career victory but early on it was apparent the knuckler didn't have his best stuff. After getting out of the first inning scoreless following a leadoff double, Wakefield wasn't as lucky in the second. David DeJesus singled home Brandon Allen to tie the game at 1-1, after Adrian Gonzalez gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. After DeJesus' single, Cliff Pennington plated DeJesus with a single to put Oakland up, 2-1. 

Wakefield's undoing came quickly with two outs in the fourth. Scott Sizemore homered to left on a floating knuckleball with a runner aboard to make it 4-1. Wakefield, who...

08/26/2011 - 9:36pm
Drew goes 0-2 in first rehab start

LOWELL -- Friday night J.D. Drew played for the Lowell Spinners, the short-season Single A affiliate of the Red Sox, in his first live action since being placed on the disabled list July 26 with left shoulder impingement. Drew went 0-for-2 with a run scored batting third as the designated hitter.

"I felt the swings got better as the night went on," Drew said. "The first at bat was more figuring out how to work the counts and as the night went on my approach got better and a little cleaner."
Before his first at bat he received a loud ovation from the crowd, but proceeded to strike out swinging on an off speed pitch. In his second at bat he flied out to shallow left field on a 1-1 pitch. Drew's third at bat came in the sixth inning and he was hit by an off speed pitch on the right shoulder. Following that he came around to score from first base on a double. He walked in his final plate appearance which came in the eighth inning....

08/26/2011 - 5:58pm
Francona: Youk 'doing real well', games next

Red Sox manager Terry Francona sounded optimistic that the team could be getting Kevin Youkilis back swinging a bat in games as soon as Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Youkilis was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 18 with a strained lower back. Francona said Youkilis and J.D. Drew (shoulder) would likely join Triple-A Pawtucket when the team travels to Rochester.

"He's doing real well," Francona said before Friday's game. "He's probably going to go out and get a couple of at-bats Tuesday and Wednesday. They're in Rochester. J.D. will do the same thing."

Drew, who was scheduled to serve as the DH for Single-A Lowell Friday night, has been on the disabled list since July 26 with an impingement in the left shoulder. Reliever Bobby Jenks has been disabled since July 16 with tightness in the left side of his back. He will begin a rehab stint this weekend for Single-A Salem.  

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