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07/23/2010 - 9:11am
Lowell to decide on retirement in Sept.

Speaking after going 1-for-5 in his rehab stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Thursday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell said that he doesn't plan to wait until the end of the season to determine if he is going to retire and will make his decision in September. Lowell also said that the time he recently spent at home in Miami with his family "helped" in the decision-making process. 

 

"I'll let you know in September," Lowell said when asked if he would wait until the end of the season to make his decision. 

 

"I think those days in Miami I got a nice glimpse of what it would be with my family and it made me really excited for that part of my life. I'm just not totally sold at this point saying, 'Yes, this is what's going to happen after the last game this year,' or 'No.' And the good thing I don't need to. But yeah I think it's only normal that it's a...

07/23/2010 - 7:20am
Mashup: Struggling Mets bench Bay

Former Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay continues to struggle in New York, and the Mets sat down their prized free agent Thursday night as they were shut out by the Dodgers for their seventh loss in the eighth game of their disastrous 11-game road trip. Bay is batting .169 in July and has six home runs on the season. Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he hoped getting away from New York for a couple of weeks would help Bay. "I am somewhat surprised [by Bay],” said Manuel, whose team has not scored in 17 innings. “I really thought this was kind of a good opportunity to get away from the pressures, the anxiety he has when he’s in New York. I thought he would get out here on the West Coast and take off.” Read more about this story at Friday's Morning Mashup, where you also can check out videos, trivia and more.


07/23/2010 - 1:09am
Sox salvage 13-inning win in Seattle

On a night when the Red Sox flirted with both uplifting and devastating history, the team managed to salvage an 8-6 win in 13 innings over the Mariners. A two-run double by Eric Patterson in the top of the 13th inning broke a tie on a night that witnessed plenty of drama.

 

Red Sox starter John Lackey carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the eighth inning before Seattle (and ex-Red Sox) catcher Josh Bard dumped a clean single into right field with two outs in the eighth. Still, Lackey delivered the most dominant outing of his inaugural season with Boston, and the contest seemed well in hand for the Red Sox when they took a five-run lead into the ninth inning.

 

But a combination of poor relief work and bad defense led to a monumental Seattle rally. Manny Delcarmen retired none of the four batters he faced, permitting a two-run homer to Franklin Gutierrez, issuing a walk and then watching as Marco Scutaro booted a...

07/22/2010 - 11:02pm
Ex-Sox Bard ends Lackey no-hit bid in 8th

Mariners catcher Josh Bard dropped a single to right field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, ending the no-hit bid by Red Sox starter John Lackey. Lackey had retired 16 straight Mariners before the ex-Sox catcher delivered Seattle's first hit of the contest on the big right-hander's 111th pitch of the night.

 

Lackey did allow a run in the second inning, when he walked leadoff man Milton Bradley, who advanced to second on a steal, reached third on a groundout and then, with two outs, scored on a Kevin Cash passed ball. He had permitted two other baserunners prior to Bard's hit: one on a fielding error by second baseman Bill Hall, and the other on a hit batter.

 

Through eight innings, the Sox own a 6-1 lead on the strength of homers by Bill Hall, J.D. Drew and Marco Scutaro.

 

For the latest in the game, ...

07/22/2010 - 9:41pm
Lowell goes 1-for-5 for PawSox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Mike Lowell made his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday night and went 1-for-5 as the veteran infielder attempts to come back from yet another bout with a strained right hip. Scouts were on hand at McCoy stadium from the Blue Jays, Orioles, Tigers and Royals. 

 

With one out and a runner on third in the first inning, Lowell popped out weakly to second base on a 1-1 pitch. He struck out on four pitches in the third and flew out several feet from the warning track in left leading off the sixth. In his final at-bat in the eighth, Lowell grounded out to third after Daniel Nava reached second base on a throwing error to open the inning.

 

With none out and Nava at first in the bottom of the 10th, Lowell hit a bloop single to shallow center to move Daniel Nava to third before Nava scored the game-winning run on a single by Lars Anderson down the right field line.  Lowell went on the...

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