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08/04/2012 - 6:44pm
Pats announce retirement of OL Gallery

In a bit of a surprise, the Patriots announced late Saturday afternoon that veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery had filed his retirement papers with the NFL. The team also announced that fullback Tony Fiammetta had been placed on the exempt/left squad list. Taking their roster spots are defensive back Derrick Martin and fullback Kareem Huggins. Martin and Huggins are expected to be at practice on Sunday when the Patriots return to training camp workouts after a day off on Saturday.

Gallery was signed by New England as a free agent on March 21. The 31-year-old veteran had been seeing only sporadic playing time with the first unit offensive line in the first week of camp, even as the team looks for replacements for Matt Light and Logan Mankins to start the season. Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters has also been a no-show to start training camp and could be waiting until later in the preseason to report to the team. 

He is a veteran of eight...

08/04/2012 - 6:18pm
Beckett expected to start Wednesday

Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett threw on flat ground on Saturday, his first throwing session since suffering back spasms on Tuesday that resulted in his removal from that game after 2 2/3 innings and the postponement of the right-hander's next scheduled start on Sunday. Beckett, according to pitching coach Bob McClure, "did not feel anything" in terms of back discomfort, and the current plan for the right-hander is to have him throw a bullpen session on Sunday and then to start on Wednesday, barring any setback.

"He really felt good today and we’re going to try to insert him in on Wednesday," said manager Bobby Valentine.

"I don't think it's in cement," added McClure. "We'll still see how he feels, because when he throws [off a mound on Sunday] it will probably feel a little more intense."

Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA in 111 innings spanning 18 starts this year. In his absence on Sunday...

08/04/2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATE: Ellsbury (groin) scratched

UPDATE: Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch from the Red Sox lineup due to what manager Bobby Valentine characterized as a "very little situation [that] he wanted to play through." According to a team source, Ellsbury has a minor groin injury. Valentine said that, with the Sox playing a day game on Sunday, he wanted to have Ellsbury rest on Saturday night with the anticipation that he will return to the lineup in a day. With Ellsbury out, Ryan Kalish will play center and bat leadoff.

"I’m just being safe with Jacoby. He has a very little situation that he wanted to play through. With the day game tomorrow, I vetoed it. Ryan is healthy, ready to go," said Valentine. "[Ellsbury's leg is] not an issue. But it could become an issue. Now that he’s not playing, it’s an issue.”

For the first time since his return from a hamstring injury on July 13, Will Middlebrooks is out of the Red...

08/04/2012 - 9:37am
Salty absent from park due to ear infection

According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was not available Friday night -- and not even at Fenway Park -- due to a "big ear infection." Valentine said that Saltalamacchia hadn't been admitted to the hospital, but that he was running a fever. It was unclear if he would be available for Saturday night's game against the Twins and their right-handed starter Cole De Vries.

Saltalamacchia hasn't played since Wednesday when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The backstop is hitting .233 with a .789 OPS and 20 home runs.

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was recalled Wednesday, getting the start behind the plate Thursday and at designated hitter Friday. Kelly Shoppach caught Friday night's Red Sox starter Felix Doubront in the team's most recent game, going 2-for-5.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/04/2012 - 7:47am
Francona downplays clubhouse get-together

Appearing on New York radio's The Michael Kay Show Friday, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona downplayed his well-publicized clubhouse meeting Red Sox players prior to the team's game at Yankee Stadium last Saturday.

Francona, who was in town as part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team, initially had struck up a conversation in the clubhouse with Cody Ross, but soon found himself surrounded by numerous Red Sox players. The manager engaged the group in conversation for nearly 30 minutes while current Sox manager Bobby Valentine was in his office.

The next day Francona texted Valentine apologizing for the scene.

"Some of the writers made a story of it, and being in his shoes for so long, I just wrote him and said, 'Hey, if I caused you having to answer a question or two, I apologize.' He was great about it," Francona said. "I didn't think it was a...

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