FOXBORO -- The Patriots officially listed tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) as out for Sunday's game against the Bills in Buffalo. Here's the rest of the Friday afternoon injury report:
S Patrick Chung (hand -- limited participation)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip -- limited participation)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring -- limited participation)
DT Albert Haynesworth (back -- did not practice)
LB Jerod Mayo (thigh -- limited participation)
P Zoltan Mesko (left knee -- limited participation)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring -- limited participation)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf -- limited participation)
CB Kyle Arrington (concussion -- full participation)
S Josh Barrett (thumb -- full participation)
CB Leigh Bodden (hand -- full participation)
NEW YORK -- Dustin Pedroia and Mike Aviles traded places in the Red Sox lineup following Thursday's off-day, with Pedroia returning to his customary second spot and Aviles moving down in the order to hit fifth against the Yankees and starter Freddy Garcia. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate to catch Jon Lester, who will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses in his last two starts. He will be doing so in a park where he's enjoyed tremendous success, having gone 5-1 with a 3.46 ERA in seven starts at the new Yankee Stadium.
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he feigned interest in Carl Crawford last winter in an effort to dive up the price for the outfielder who eventually signed with the Red Sox for $142 million over seven years. Cashman told ESPN New York that he had dinner with Crawford's agent, "to pretend we were actually involved and drive the pice up." Cashman went on to say that outfield wasn't a priority for the Yankees and that he felt that he had a cheaper, and just as good an alternative in Brett Gardner.
That's a far cry from before the season started when Cashman was quoted as saying Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, "kicked my [expletive] in the offseason," after the Red Sox landed Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.
But with the reeling Sox head to New York for a three-game series that may decide their...
MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning for his weekly discussion about the Red Sox.
The Sox open a three-game series against the Yankees in New York Friday night, trying to hold on to their two-game lead in the wild card race. Millar said the team needs to look inward for inspiration.
"You just keep fighting. You can't quit. No one's feeling sorry for yourself," he said. "This is where you gut-check yourself. That's the bottom line. Trust me, out there no one's feeling sorry for the Red Sox. … You have to go out there and fight. It's the mentality."
Millar said the Sox need to accentuate the positive. "Guess what, guys? You're two up. As miserable as you've played. You've stunk. You've stunk, stunk, stunk, but you're two up. So, that's the positive I grab from this scenario."
Millar said Thursday's day off might be a benefit for the Sox. "It...
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara considers himself fortunate that the puck that hit him on the inside of the leg Monday didn't do any real damage. Chara was hit by the puck as a teammate tried to clear it in the neutral zone in practice, and the big defenseman had to leave the ice with a contusion on his left leg. After taking the next day off, he returned to practice Wednesday and is set to make his preseason debut Friday vs. the Islanders.
"I'm very glad that it wasn't [serious]," Chara said. "Obviously, it's something that you'll worry about when it does happen, but I was pleased in a good way that it wasn't as bad as it looked. It took all the necessary steps to make sure it was nothing major. It isn't, so we'll have to still treat it. Nothing really major."
Chara will continue to monitor the leg, though he doesn't expect to miss any more time.
"You have to do different things," he said. "Obviously,...
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