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08/26/2011 - 4:42pm
Crawford gets night off, Aviles in LF

Manager Terry Francona said he was playing it safe by sitting Carl Crawford for Friday night's series opener with the A's at Fenway Park, as Mike Aviles got the call to start in left field. 

"We're trying to give as many guys some time off as we can," Francona said. "There's only so much we can do. I thought Carl was actually cramping last night during the game. So with the late arrival and everything, I thought it would be a good day [for day off] because he's probably going to play both [Saturday]."  

Crawford had a very productive road trip, hitting eight games of the road trip, going 10-for-30 with two home runs, including a homer and five RBIs on Wednesday that matched a career high.  

The Red Sox lineup for Friday vs. the Athletics:

Ellsbury CF
Scuataro SS
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Lowrie 3B
Aviles LF
Saltalamacchia C
McDonald RF...

08/26/2011 - 4:31pm
Crawford to sit, Scutaro hitting second
By: DJ Bean

Carl Crawford is out of the Red Sox' lineup as Tim Wakefield makes his latest attempt to pick up his 200th career win. He will oppose Oakland's Gio Gonzalez. The Sox' lineup is as follows: 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, SS

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Jed Lowrie, 3B

7. Mike Avilles, RF

8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

9. Darnell McDonald, LF

SP -- Tim Wakefield

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08/26/2011 - 4:20pm
Atchison recalled, Lavarnway optioned
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox have recalled relief pitcher Scott Atchison from Pawtucket and optioned catcher Ryan Lavarnway back to Triple-A. 

Atchison is 6-2 with a 2.64 earned run average with the PawSox this season, and has a 4.70 ERA in nine appearances with Boston. Lavarnway played in seven games since being called up from Pawtucket, going 7-for-19 with three runs batted in with the Sox. 

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08/26/2011 - 2:37pm
Two Hockey East games planned for Fenway
By: DJ Bean

Fenway Park is set to host two college hockey games on Jan. 7 in the 2012 edition of Frozen Fenway.

The University of Vermont and UMass Amherst will face off at 4 p.m. in the first game of the Hockey East double-header, with the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine playing at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be shown on NESN. 

Tickets for the event are set to go on sale on Sept. 13, with tickets being priced from $5 to $75. 

08/26/2011 - 12:30pm
King on M&M: Ellis a big plus for Pats

Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Patriots and other NFL news.

Most of the talk in the preseason in Foxboro has centered around the Pats' revamped defensive line. King said the key player might be one who isn't getting as much attention.

Said King: "I think one of the great sort-of untold stories of this year for the Patriots is going to be Shaun Ellis. … I thought it was really interesting that he had a huge game in the Jets' win over New England in the playoffs. When he left the Jets and went to the Patriots, to me if was the reverse Johnny Damon deal. Yet, very little was made of it. And I think because in football you're sort of an anonymous guy on the defensive line a lot of times, especially when you play a 3-4.

"But here's a guy who's played everything. He's played all over the line, both in a 3-4 and a 4-3. So, I think both the...

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