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09/08/2010 - 12:04pm
Francona: 'Hard to show up and not care'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday, following the Red Sox' 14-5 loss to the Rays on Tuesday night that returned the Sox 7 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the wild card race.

 

The Sox were set to pitch Clay Buchholz on three days' rest in Wednesday night's finale vs. the Rays, but Tuesday night's loss took away the sense of urgency. "We had kind of reserved the right to make a change," he said, adding: "It would have put us in the best position to beat them. Once we got beat last night ... we went to Plan B."

 

Asked what which players we should expect to see in the final weeks of the season, Francona said: "Some of it's going to depend on ... health, probably production, who we're playing, how we're playing, how guys feel. It's still the major leagues. We care. It's hard to show up and not care about winning, I don't care what our record...

09/08/2010 - 11:59am
Brady admits to 4 surgeries in 8 years

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady said Wednesday that a history of four surgeries has impacted his thought process as he attempts to hash out a contract extension with the Patriots.

 

“That’s a big part of it," Brady said. "It’s a physical game. I’ve had four surgeries in eight years,” Brady said. “Pretty much every other year having a surgery. All surgeries are major as far as I’m concerned.”

 

Brady said he's had work done on his shoulder and groin, before admitting that he doesn't take a single day in the game for granted anymore.

 

“You count your blessings when you come off the field,” Brady said. “I think you have a new appreciation when you do come off the field, win or lose. You're trying to win every time out, obviously, but I think you also pinch yourself every time you walk off the field healthy.”

 

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09/08/2010 - 11:33am
Lineup: Wakefield to start series finale

The Red Sox and Rays wrap up a three-game series Wednesday night at Fenway Park. The Sox (77-62) stand nine games behind first-place New York in the AL East and 7.5 games behind Tampa in the wild-card race.

 

This will be the final regular-season game between the Sox and Rays in 2010. Tampa has won 11 of the first 17 contests, including a 14-5 win Tuesday night.

 

Tim Wakefield (3-10, 5.89 ERA) gets the start for the Sox. He's looking for his 179th career win with the Red Sox. He will be opposed by Matt Garza (14-7, 3.46 ERA), who is 7-3 in his career vs. the Red Sox.

 

Sox lineup:


Scutaro, 6

Drew, 9

Martinez, 2

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Kalish, 8

Reddick, 7

Hall, 4

Anderson, 3

Wakefield -- SP

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


09/08/2010 - 8:36am
Remy on D&C: Put it on the 'pen

Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning to talk about what went wrong with the 2010 Red Sox and what their plan might be for the future. "It's been surprising," Remy said of the Sox pitchers. "I expected they would be one of the top three teams in the league pitching-wise and they're around seventh or eighth. A lot of that is out of the bullpen. The bullpen has been very disappointing. Guys like [Ramon] Ramirez and [Hideki] Okajima. They just didn't do their job this year. When you look back at this whole thing in another month, you're going to have to take injuries into consideration. They were never able to put a healthy team on the field all season long. With that said, would this team have been good enough to compete with [New York and Tampa], even healthy? I think they would have been."

 

Even accounting for the injuries, Remy feels that the set-up relievers have been the biggest problem. "...

09/08/2010 - 6:29am
Brady on D&C: 'I love being here'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, in the wake of reports that he is about to sign a new contract with the team. Brady refused repeated requests to discuss the status of his negotiations but made it clear how he feels about the team.

 

"There's always communication happening with the team, for, going on my 11th year. I've been communicating with them a lot about a lot of things," Brady said. "It's pretty uncomfortable actually talking about a contract because I know how coach [Bill] Belichick feels talking about it and how Mr. [Robert] Kraft does and Jonathan [Kraft] does. I don’t want to get into it. For me, it’s the same as it’s been. I’m trying to find a way to score some touchdowns against the Bengals. I didn’t spend five minutes yesterday thinking about my contract or my future. I thought about how we’re going to...

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