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08/22/2011 - 11:17pm
Wilson, Napoli bring heat in beating Sox

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Napoli broke open a one-run game with a sixth-innig, three-run homer over the left field wall off Red Sox starter Erik Bedard, helping the Rangers to a 4-0 win over the Sox in the teams' series opener Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Prior to the Napoli homer, Bedard had allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings, having thrown 101 pitches. The lefty, however, was forced to take the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking one. Napoli has now homered in each of the last four games he has played against the Red Sox.

Texas jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning Elvis Andrus singled in Craig Gentry on a ground ball to left with nobody out in the frame. The RBI came after a controversial call by first base umpire Doug Eddings, who ruled that right fielder Josh Reddick trapped a sinking liner off the bat Ian Kinsler. Reddick had thrown to first after making the play, assuming...

08/22/2011 - 5:29pm
Ellsbury back Tuesday; Drew, Ortiz progress

After dealing with a rash of August injuries, the Red Sox appear poised to refortify in the coming days, manager Terry Francona told reporters in Texas.

Jacoby Ellsbury, sidelined since getting hit on the back by a pitch in the eighth inning of Friday's contest in Kansas City, is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Rangers. Ellsbury -- who is hitting .313 with a .370 OBP, .517 slugging mark, .887 OPS, 22 homers and 33 steals -- showed enough improvement from Sunday to Monday while hitting early that the Sox concluded that Tuesday made a reasonable target for his return date.

"He hit yesterday but it wasn't easy for him. Today he let it loose a little bit more. He did better," Francona told reporters. "If he keeps improving like he has he'll be able to play tomorrow. He'll be sore, but he'll be ready to play."

David Ortiz, said Francona, was expected to take full batting practice on Monday and then...

08/22/2011 - 5:28pm
Belichick: Haynesworth could play Saturday
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show as part of Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium on Monday. In talking with Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi, Belichick discussed the status of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The former Titan and Redskin was not in Foxboro Monday due to a simple assault hearing in Washington D.C. and has missed several consecutive practices due to injury. Belichick said that Haynesworth, who is considered day-to-day, could possibly play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Lions.

"If he's ready, yeah," Belichick said when asked of Haynesorth's status. 
Asked whether he was ready, Belichick responded, "Well I don't know. He's day-to-day."
"I can't [elaborate]," Belichick said when asked for more details. "We'll go out there tomorrow, and if he's ready to go, he'll practice. If he's not, then...
08/22/2011 - 5:01pm
Miller to start Thursday, Wakefield on Friday

The Red Sox have scheduled left-hander Andrew Miller to make a start in the series finale against the Rangers on Thursday. As a result, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will get his first chance to shoot for career win No. 200 at Fenway Park on Friday.

Miller (5-1, 4.99) last pitched on Friday in Kansas City, logging 5 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on three hits en route to the victory. Wakefield (6-5, 4.97) made the start the next day, likewise exiting after 5 1/3 innings and with the Sox ahead, 4-3. But the bullpen allowed an inherited runner to score and then permitted five more runs, resulting in a no-decision for Wakefield and a loss for the Sox.

By having Miller pitch on Thursday, both Miller and Wakefield will be pitching on five days' rest. Moreover, Wakefield will avoid pitching at the Ballpark at Arlington (where he has a career record of 5-13 with a 6.23 ERA in 21 games) in favor of a home park in which he has a 97-76 career...

08/22/2011 - 4:56pm
Wilfork on Big Show: 'I made my comments'
By: DJ Bean

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork joined The Big Show for Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium, and declined to expand upon a Yahoo! Sports report that he accepted $50,000 from booster Nevin Shapiro while attending the University of Miami.

"I commented about it, and I'm done with that," Wilfork, who later added he couldn't remember when he first learned the story was going to be reported, said . "That's all I'm going to say about it. I've moved forward from that day. I'm looking forward to Detroit, and that's where I'm at right now."

Wilfork had said prior to Monday's practice that he did not want to "be a distraction" to the Patriots, so he was quick to change the subject to how he felt the defense fared Thursday against the Buccaneers when asked about the Miami situation on The Big Show.

"Like I said, i've made my comments, and I don't have anything else to say about. I've moved forward from it. Like...

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