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08/25/2011 - 10:54pm
Miller, Gonzo help Sox head home in style

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox claimed their third straight win over the Rangers, beating Texas 6-0 Thursday night behind the starting pitching of Andrew Miller and another two-home run night from Adrian Gonzalez. It finishes up an eight-game road trip for the Red Sox during which they went 6-2.

Miller turned in his second straight solid start, allowing no runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two while throwing 83 pitches. For the road trip, the lefty went 11 2/3 innings, giving up one run on six hits. Alfredo Aceves followed with two scoreless innings, with Dan Wheeler pitching a flawless ninth.

The Red Sox starter got plenty of run support, thanks in large part to Gonzalez, who hit the first two pitches he saw for home runs. Also adding homers for the visitors were David Ortiz (25) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who now has 13 homers on the season. The Sox offense finished off the four-game set outscoring Texas 30-7 in...

08/25/2011 - 6:06pm
Sox will play doubleheader Saturday

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox will play a doubleheader against the A's Saturday, with game-times slated for noon and 5 p.m. The move is in response to the impending threat of Hurricane Irene, with the extra game on Saturday replacing Sunday's scheduled series finale.

"Yeah, but [other options] weren't really good," player representative Daniel Bard said. "That was what made the most sense for everybody. Obviously travel is going to be pretty rough leading up to it so we were trying to get creative and find another way to do it, but that's just how it worked out."

Red Sox ownership had originally proposed the idea of playing a doubleheader Friday, but with the team getting in early in the morning the same day after playing Thursday night in Texas, that was not considered an option by the players.

"That was their first thing and we can't do that," Bard said. "You can't ask guys to play 18 innings after...

08/25/2011 - 4:43pm
Crawford back in sixth spot for Sox

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox look for a third straight win over the Rangers on Thursday night, a win that would mean a 6-2 record on this eight-game road trip and move the club (79-50) to season-best 30 games over .500.

Andrew Miller (5-1, 4.99) gets the start for the Sox. He will be opposed by Alexi Ogando (12-5, 3.30). 

Carl Crawford -- 9 for 26 on the road trip with a pair of home runs and a seven-game hit streak -- returns to the sixth spot in the lineup. He had hit seventh in each of the last six games. 

Lineup:

Ellsbury, CF

Lowrie, 3B

Gonzalez, 1B

Pedroia, 2B

Ortiz, DH

 

Crawford LF

Saltalamacchia C

Reddick RF

Scutaro SS

Miller, SP

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.

 


08/25/2011 - 11:45am
Haynesworth practices again, still no Wright

FOXBORO -- In a sign that he might be able to make his Patriots debut Saturday night in Detroit, Albert Haynesworth practiced for the for the third straight day as the team worked out in shorts and shells outside Gillette Stadium on Thursday. 

But while Haynesworth, Matt Light and Shaun Ellis are all candidates to make their preseason debut Saturday, the same 14 players who missed practice on Wednesday were again absent Thursday. 

Leading that group of absentees are Brandon Spikes, Mike Wright, Jermaine Cunningham, Leigh Bodden and Stevan Ridley. All of those players have missed practice this week and are not expected to see action this Saturday. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


08/25/2011 - 10:57am
Belichick on Rex's praise: 'I'll take it'

FOXBORO -- The hostility between the Jets and the Patriots softened a bit on Thursday when Bill Belichick sounded a gracious tone when responding to Rex Ryan's gushing compliment of the Patriots coach on Wednesday. 

Ryan told the NFL Network's Michael Irvin that "Bill Belichick is the best coach in this game; I don't even think it's close."  

Belichick responded on Thursday.

"It's a nice compliment," he said. "I'll take it. Don't think it really means anything, but it's nice. I think we all know I have a lot of respect for him and their program down there, too, so come right back at him with that one." 

Ryan said during the interview that he's confident with his resume and his accomplishments but sees Belichick as the ultimate motivation. 

“I can put my resume out there, stats, with anybody that’s ever coached in this league," Ryan said. "That’s...

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