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07/31/2010 - 1:08pm
Report: Burgess saying he'll retire

According to a report from Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Patriots linebacker Derrick Burgess continues to tell both current and former players he is retiring, but has yet to file paperwork with the league office. Burgess, who has yet to report to Patriots' training camp, signed a one-year deal with New England this past offseason. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Friday that the team still expects Burgess to report. “Of course, Derrick wasn’t here yesterday,” Belichick said Friday morning. “We expect him to be here. He’s not here. But his situation isn’t unprecedented. We’ll deal with it going forward. I’m not sure I know all I need to know, but we’ll take it day-by-day.” For more on this story, check out our Patriots' page at weei.com/Patriots.
 


07/31/2010 - 11:22am
Lineups: Drew again scheduled to return

J.D. Drew, who was a late scratch on Friday night against the Tigers, is once again listed as hitting second and playing right field in the Boston lineup. Drew last started on Monday, having sat out of the last few games due to a sore hamstring. He did appear as a pinch-hitter on Friday, drawing an intentional walk in the ninth innings.

 

Mike Cameron, who appeared to be struggling physically while going 1-for-5 and having a fly ball tick off his glove on Friday, is out of the Sox lineup against Tigers starter Max Scherzer. Darnell McDonald will bat ninth and play center.

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Drew, 9

Youkilis, 3

Ortiz, DH

Martinez, 2

Beltre, 5

Hall, 4

Hermida, 7

McDonald, 8

 

SP -- Matsuzaka


07/31/2010 - 10:55am
Red Sox shifting Doubront to bullpen

According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox will shift starter Felix Doubront to the bullpen in hopes of bolstering their struggling relief corps. Earlier in July, the team had anticipated that the left-hander would remain stretched out in the Pawtucket starting rotation since he represents valuable depth for the major league starting staff. However, with the team's ongoing bullpen struggles, the Sox have committed to shifting him to relief for the remainder of the year, a process that will begin immediately.According to the sources, Doubront’s shift to relief will occur regardless of whether the Sox make any moves to acquire bullpen help.

 

Doubront is 8-3 with a 2.88 ERA in the minors this year, and 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA in three big league starts. The 22-year-old has never made a relief appearance as a professional. In the majors, Doubront held lefties to a .158 average with a .396 OPS in 21 plate appearances. With...

07/31/2010 - 9:30am
David Patten announces retirement

FOXBORO — Veteran wide receiver David Patten announced his retirement Saturday.

The 35-year-old, who played with the Patriots from 2001 until 2004, re-signed with New England as a free agent this past February after being out of the league for the entire 2009 season. He said he felt good after a couple of days of training camp, but instead, it was the mental grind that he found himself unable to deal with.

“When you lose it mentally, you can’t play at this level,” Patten said. “You can’t play at a high level.”

“He’s had a tremendous career,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was clearly emotional regarding the announcement. “He’s meant a lot to this team and a lot to this organization. ... From the bottom of my heart, I thank him for his contributions to this football team.”

Patten, who informed the team of his decision today,...

07/30/2010 - 11:10pm
Hurting Damon apologizes to Fenway crowd

The last thing Johnny Damon wanted to do was miss his return to Fenway Park for the first time as a member of the Detroit Tigers. But the outfielder, who starred on the 2004 World Series champions, had to pull himself out of the starting lineup before Friday's series opener with sharp pain due to spasms in the middle of his back. 

 

Damon's injury is just the latest to hamper the Tigers lineup as Brandon Inge is out with fracture in his left hand, Carlos Guillen is out with a right calf strain and Magglio Ordonez is out with a fractured right ankle. Inge, Guillen and Ordonez are all on the disabled list. Starter Armando Galarraga had to leave Friday's game one out shy of a win when Kevin Youkilis drilled a liner off his right ankle. 

 

"I tried doing everything I could to get ready for this game," Damon said after Detroit's 6-5 win. "I know we're very shorthanded. I wanted to come out and play in...

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