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06/30/2011 - 10:17am
Lineup: Youkilis sits, Pedroia bats fourth

The Red Sox will roll out an unconventional lineup for their series finale with the Phillies on Thursday. Drew Sutton will play third base while Kevin Youkilis sits and Dustin Pedroia will hit fourth against Cole Hamels. David Ortiz and J.D. Drew are also out of the lineup against the lefty.

Here's the lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Darnell McDonald RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jason Varitek C
Josh Reddick LF
Drew Sutton 3B
Marco Scutaro SS
Jon Lester P

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


06/30/2011 - 6:49am
Mashup: Clemens tries to discredit McNamee

Roger Clemens' attorneys filed a motion Wednesday night claiming that former trainer Brian McNamee sold out Clemens to protect himself from federal investigators after an incident in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2001. Investigators had looked into allegations that McNamee sexually assaulted an unconscious woman at a party during a Yankees road trip to play the Rays. McNamee, who later admitted he lied to the investigators — claiming he was trying to protect Yankees players at the party — was never charged. McNamee is the prosecution's star witness in the case against Clemens for lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


06/30/2011 - 12:11am
Lewis will present Brady on NFLN special

The Patriots announced Wednesday night that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will present Tom Brady on Sunday’s final edition of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players” countdown, a list compiled by a players-only vote that features the best in the game.

Brady will be part of the Top 10, and the fifth New England player on the list — Vince Wilfork (35), Logan Mankins (39), Wes Welker (50) and Jerod Mayo (62) were all previously a part of the countdown. Mankins and Mayo were presented by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, while Wilfork had New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma present him and Welker was presented by Buffalo coach Chan Gailey.

The show airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


06/29/2011 - 10:30pm
Lackey: There hasn't been talk of surgery

PHILADELPHIA -- Speaking after the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Phillies, John Lackey refuted the suggestion made earlier in the day by Peter Gammons on the Mut and Merloni Show that he could potentially be facing Tommy John surgery.

 

"It's a possibility for everybody in here. You can throw that against the wall and see if it sticks. He straight made that up," said Lackey, who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings in the loss.

When asked if there had been any talk about possibly having the surgery, Lackey said, "No, there hasn't been."

Lackey has been solid since coming off the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. Excluding his previous start against San Diego, the starter has allowed 13 runs in 27 1/3 innings, striking out 20 and walking four...

06/29/2011 - 9:36pm
Lackey good, but Sox still can't beat Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Red Sox slumped to 1-4 on their current road trip, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Phillies Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. On the swing through Pittsburgh and Philly, the Sox have now scored 10 runs in their five games.

Shutting down the Sox this time was Philadelphia starter Vance Worley, who held the visitors to a single run over seven innings. The righty has now given up just two runs in his last 18 innings. The only run the Sox could manage off the righty came when starting pitcher John Lackey doubled in Josh Reddick in the fifth inning. It was Lackey's third hit as a member of the Red Sox after previously going 1-for-30 in interleague play.

Lackey performed admirably in his start, allowing just two runs over 7 2/3 innings. Taking away his last outing, the righty has now given up 13 runs in 27 2/3 innings, striking out 20 and walking four.

Doing the damage against Lackey was Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez, who...

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