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
Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't hold back his criticism of home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt and his strike zone on Friday that led to his ejection prior to the bottom of the sixth inning of Boston's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay Friday at Fenway Park. Several Rays were called out on strikes, including John Jaso to end the top of the sixth and B.J. Upton an inning earlier. Both strikeouts came on pitches that appeared well outside.
"Obviously, I went out there to discuss the width of the strike zone, and I never mentioned anything about balls and strikes," Maddon said after Friday's game. "I was trying to have a conversation. He immediately threw me out. I said, 'Listen, I'm not coming out here to argue. I just want to know what's going on because my guys are talking about how wide it is.' He didn't like me asking that question. I wanted to be respectful. I didn't yell. I walked out there and I thought I did it in a fashion where nobody...
Mike Aviles crushed a pitch from James Shields over the Green Monster for the go-ahead homer while Josh Beckett worked his way through six innings in his first start back from a sprained right ankle as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 4-3, Friday night at Fenway. The win was critical for the Red Sox, who pushed their wild-card lead back up to four games over the Rays, with two games remaining in the four-game series.
Evan Longoria drilled a two-run homer off Beckett in the first inning to stake the Rays to a quick 2-0 lead. The Red Sox immediately responded with a double from Jacoby Ellsbury, an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia and the first of two clutch hits from David Ortiz, an RBI single to left to score Pedroia and tie the game, 2-2.
After the Rays took the lead in the third, the Red Sox again responded with Ortiz driving home Pedroia with a double to the right-center, tying the game, 3-3. Aviles, filling in for the injured Kevin Youkilis at third...
Patrick Chung is the first Patriots player to be fined by the NFL during the regular season for an illegal play on the field.
Chung was informed this week by the league that he was docked $7,500 for hauling down Miami's Reggie Bush Monday night, in a move the league deemed he "unnecessarily grabbed the opponent by the helmet in an attempt to make a tackle."
Chung was also penalized 15 yards on the play for unnecessary roughness.
The Patriots released their Friday injury report, and center Dan Koppen and defensive lineman Mike Wright are officially listed as out for Sunday's game against San Diego. Here's the complete list:
C Dan Koppen (did not practice -- fibula)
DL Mike Wright (did not practice -- concussion)
LB Gary Guyton (limited participation -- hamstring)
WR Taylor Price (limited participation -- hamstring)
OL Sebastian Vollmer (limited participation -- back)
OL Ryan Wendell (limited participation -- calf)
S Josh Barrett (limited participation -- thumb)
CB Leigh Bodden (limited participation -- back)
LB Dane Fletcher (limited participation -- thumb)
TE Dan Gronkowski (limited participation -- hamstring)
LB Jerod Mayo (limited participation -- thigh)
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