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08/11/2012 - 2:59pm
Ciriaco starts at third, Valencia called up

With Will Middlebrooks headed to the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in his right wrist, the Red Sox will start Pedro Ciriaco at third base against the Indians Saturday night at Progressive Field.

Ciriaco hasn't played a game at third for the Red Sox this season, but did man third three times for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He also played third base twice for the Pirates last season.

Replacing Middlebrooks on the 25-man roster will be newly-acquired Danny Valencia, who managed three hits and two walks in nine plate appearances for the PawSox. Valencia served as the Twins everyday third baseman in '11, hitting .246 with an OPS of .677 over 154 games.

Here is the lineup the Red Sox will send out against Cleveland righty Zach McAllister:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Carl Crawford LF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Cody Ross RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Ryan Lavarnway DH

Mike Aviles SS...

08/11/2012 - 8:37am
Middlebrooks has fracture of right wrist

According to a team source, rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks has a fracture to his right wrist. 

Middlebrooks was hit in the wrist by a 96-mph fastball from Indians reliever Esmil Rogers in the ninth inning and left the game with the injury.

"He got hit pretty good in a bad place," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters after the game. "He's going for X-rays. I doubt that he's in there tomorrow, and I hope it's only a day. Doubtful of that."

Valentine later added regarding Middlebrooks, "He was in a lot of pain and it was in a bad spot. I was hoping it was going to be more down on the meat, and it was just right on the bone."

In other injury news, Valentine said after the game he was not optimistic David Ortiz would be able to return from his right Achilles tendon injury by Sunday, as the designated hitter had hoped.

"I don't think so," the manager told reporters...

08/10/2012 - 9:55pm
Buchholz' complete game leads Red Sox

Clay Buchholz allowed just two hits while going all nine innings, leading the Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Indians Friday night at Progressive Field.

Buchholz, who finished throwing 104 pitches, lowered his ERA 1.15 in his last five outings, striking out six and not walking a batter. The only runs off the righty came on an Asdrubal Cabrera first-inning home run and Ezequiel Carrera's sacrifice fly in the sixth.

The biggest blow for the Red Sox offense came off the bat of Cody Ross, who took Indians starter Chris Seddon over the center field wall in the sixth for a two-run homer. The outfielder's 18th homer of the season snapped a 1-1 tie.

The Sox initially managed to tie the game in the fourth inning thanks to Dustin Pedroia's RBI single, scoring Mike Aviles. Pedroia finished with a pair of hits, giving him five multi-hit games in 10 August appearances. 

It was just the third win for the Red Sox this month, and snapped a three-...

08/10/2012 - 6:10pm
USA reaches gold medal basketball game

Behind a dominant second-half performance that left four players in double figures, the United States men's basketball team defeated Argentina, 109-83 in an Olympic semifinal setting up a gold medal game against Spain on Sunday.

Kevin Durant had 19 points, while LeBron James added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Carmelo Anthony also had 18 and Kevin Love added nine points and nine rebounds. Manu Ginobli led Argentina with 18 points.

The US took a seven-point lead into halftime, but caught fire in the second half behind the hot shooting of Durant and Anthony. The win pits them against Spain, the second-best team in the world according to FIBA's ranking system, for the gold.


08/10/2012 - 5:44pm
Belichick: 'Doesn't look good' for Fletcher

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday that “it doesn’t look very good” for linebacker Dane Fletcher in the wake of his knee injury in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Saints. Fletcher, who reportedly tore his ACL, was injured in the first quarter and was helped from the field.

“It’s unfortunate, because he’s worked hard. He had a really good offseason and training camp,” Belichick said on a conference call with reporters. “We have good competition at that position, and it will be an opportunity for somebody else to step in. But it’s unfortunate for Dane.”

Belichick would not comment on whether or not Fletcher would land on season-ending injured reserve because of what happened.

“I’m not trying to speculate on his injury,” Belichick said. “I think he’s going to be out for a while, and we’ll see exactly what that...

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