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09/02/2012 - 6:58pm
Sox hit new low as A's complete sweep

The Red Sox fell to 62-73 on the season and 0-6 on their nine-game West Coast swing with a 6-2 loss to the A's on Sunday. The Sox were outscored 33-5 in the three games in Oakland and now stand a season-worst 11 games below .500.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched. Through six games of the West Coast trip Sox starters have allowed 45 hits and 27 earned runs in 27 1/3 innings (11.52 ERA). The A's homered twice off of Matsuzaka, solo shots from Seth Smith and Stephen Drew. 

Andrew Miller relieved Matsuzaka in the fourth inning and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. The bullpen was a lone bright spot for the Sox on Sunday, as Miller, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Mark Melancon combined to allow just a single hit and zero runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The offense continued to struggle, as Brett Anderson (3-0) gave up just a run on five hits in six innings. The lone run...

09/02/2012 - 3:33pm
Sox recall newly acquired De Jesus Jr.

The Red Sox have recalled infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket, putting their active roster at 27 players. The 25-year-old De Jesus Jr. was one of the players acquired from the Dodgers in the Aug. 25 trade that sent Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.

Since joining Pawtucket, De Jesus Jr. has hit .385 (10-for-26) after hitting .295 for Triple-A Albuquerque. The infielder, who was taken in the second round of the 2005 draft, appeared in 23 major league games for the Dodgers this season, going 9-for-33 (.273). He is the sone of 15-year major league veteran shortstop Ivan De Jesus Sr.

The addition of De Jesus Jr. -- who has played second base, third base, shortstop along with both corner outfield positions -- also allows for some insurance if Dustin Pedroia is forced to leave the team. The second baseman's wife, Kelli, is expecting to deliver the couple's second child any day now.

In other...

09/02/2012 - 3:11pm
Vereen, Woodhead, Gregory all absent

FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Steve Gregory and Visanthe Shiancoe were all missing for the start of Patriots practice on Sunday afternoon in full pads outside Gillette Stadium.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez was also absent, though he was spotted in team stretching exercises before leaving early without a team trainer.

Safety Patrick Chung, who injured his shoulder in the second preseason game against the Eagles on Aug. 20, was in attendance but was wearing a "no-contact" red jersey.

Offensive lineman Nick McDonald, who took several snaps in the preseason at center and right guard, was in attendance but only wearing sweats. He injured his arm during the team's third preseason game at Tampa Bay on Aug. 25. After missing practice on Friday, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer returned on Sunday. 

Sunday also marked the team's first full practice since NFL rosters were cut down to 53 players and eight practice...

09/02/2012 - 2:53pm
Belichick: Demps 'out for the year'

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Sunday afternoon during his media briefing that former Olympian sprinter Jeff Demps will miss the entire 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve as part of the final 53-man roster cutdown on Friday night. Demps, while returning a punt, appeared to injure his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the preseason finale against the Giants on Aug. 28.

Belichick was asked if Demps' season was over due to the injured reserve status, even with the modified injured reserve clause ratified last week by the NFLPA.

"Yes, yes, any player that's on injured reserve prior to this coming Tuesday is out for the year," Belichick said. "If a player is on the active roster and they go on injured reserve anytime after [Sept. 4], they could be designated as [eligible to return]."

Belichick also clarified that a player like Dane Fletcher is also not eligible to return this season with...

09/02/2012 - 12:45pm
Gronk: Branch cut 'definitely a tough time'

FOXBORO -- The release of veteran wide receiver Deion Branch on Friday caught many by surprise, including those inside the Patriots locker room like Rob Gronkowski. 

“That shows the business side of the NFL and it’s always tough to see your friends go," Gronkowski said Sunday. "Your friends, people who were your mentors, guys you look up to and it’s tough seeing them go. It’s part of the business but at the same time, you wish them the best of luck and hopefully everything works out for everyone that you see go. It’s definitely a tough time.

“He’s just a great guy overall. He taught so much on the field, how to practice, how to stay motivated out there, how to do the rep right so we don’t have to repeat it. He’s a great guy, always love talking to him and will always be in touch with him.”

Gronkowski is entering his third NFL season and he said Sunday that Branch was...

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