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08/07/2012 - 1:00am
Report: Belichick to attend Reid funeral

On Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick will attend the funeral of Garrett Reid, the late son of Eagles coach Andy Reid who passed away earlier this month, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Belichick and Reid have been close for several years, and on Sunday, Belichick offered his condolences to the Reid family, saying, "Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."

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08/06/2012 - 11:13pm
Ortiz gets pain-killing injection

Red Sox DH David Ortiz, whose absnece due to a right Achilles strain has now reached 20 games, received a pain-killing injection (comparable to Novacaine, according to Sox manager Bobby Valentine) on Monday that immediately left the slugger feeling better. Ortiz said that he would now rest for a couple of days "to see what the reaction is going to be like and then go from there."

Asked if he might be able to return for the weekend series against the Indians in Cleveland, Ortiz said, "Hopefully," even as he acknowledged the difficulty of giving a specific timetable for his return while waiting to see how his injury responds to the latest treatment. The slugger said that he is eager to return.

"My game makes a difference out there," said Ortiz. "I haven’t been playing, that might be the difference. It might be."

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08/06/2012 - 9:59pm
Cook, Crawford help Sox rout Rangers

The Red Sox continued to look their best against the top teams of the American League, beating the Rangers by a 9-2 count and thus improving to 11-6 against teams with records of .500 or better in the second half. The victory was the second straight for Boston, as the team returned to .500.

Starter Aaron Cook stifled the Rangers lineup for seven innings in which he permitted just one run on six hits while getting 15 groundball outs. He struck out two (matching a season high) and walked three (a new season high) while improving to 3-5. He needed just 98 pitches to conclude his full night's work. Cook has now given the Sox five quality starts in his nine games this year.

Cook received more than enough offensive backing on a night when the top four of the Red Sox batting order delivered huge performances. Jacoby Ellsbury was 3-for-5 with two doubles, Carl Crawford was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-4 with a walk and three...

08/06/2012 - 8:01pm
Bobby V: 'I manage for my job every day'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that he was unaware of and unconcerned about media suggestions that he should be fired.

"I didn’t read the paper or listen to the radio," said Valentine. "Thanks for telling me about all that good news. I’m not going to comment on things that are written or said on the radio."

Asked if he felt like he was managing for his job, Valentine expanded on the idea.

"I manage for my job every day, I think. I try to give my best every day I come out. We’re on a winning streak now. I kind of like that," he said. "Pressure is that thing that you put on yourself when you’re unprepared. I think I’ve been prepared every day. I’m prepared today for whatever happens. I don’t know about pressure. I have great expectations when I wake up every day of my life."

Valentine was asked whether he was surprised that there were questions...

08/06/2012 - 5:39pm
Henry: Sox 'not making change in manager'

Red Sox principal owner John Henry responded to an email from WEEI.com Monday, defending the job done by manager Bobby Valentine and further explaining how he views the current state of the team.

Henry wrote:

"I've gotten questions about Bobby and about ownership from you so I'll say the following on the record.

"To blame Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox being .500 at this point in the season is simply wrong. A lot has been written about injuries to key players this year. The impact of that on the Sox this year should not be discounted.

"In baseball, managers often get too much credit and too much blame for what happens on the field. That seems to be a constant. There is often the thought in organizations, 'This isn't working so the manager needs to go.' But an organization is much more than the field manager. We all share responsibility for the success and failure of the Boston Red Sox. We are not making a change in...

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