The Red Sox announced after Sunday's game that pitcher Kyle Weiland had been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to clear a roster spot for Jon Lester, who is returning from on Monday with his stint the disabled list with a strained lat suffered in early July.
Weiland made a pair of starts, going 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA while striking out four and walking five in 10 innings. He will now return to the PawSox rotation, where he is 8-6 with a 3.00 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 93 innings this year. Lester, who will face the Royals on Monday, is 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA.
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Patriots outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain underwent surgery for an abdominal tear on Friday, according to a league source. It was an injury he had been dogged by last season, and it flared up during recent offseason workouts. (The usual recovery time for such an injury is approximately 4-6 weeks.) Banta-Cain, 30, is entering his ninth season in the NFL, and his seventh with the Patriots. Last season, he played in 15 games and ended up with 50 tackles and five sacks. The news was first reported by Shalise Manza-Young of The Boston Globe.
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after going hitless in his first three at-bats, lofted a double off the base of the Fenway Park scoreboard in left-center to extend his career-best hitting streak to 21 games. The ball appeared to be catchable, but Mariners left fielder Mike Carp pulled up short of the Wall, only to see the ball clank off the scoreboard about five feet from the ground.
Pedroia then came around to score on an Adrian Gonzalez single to give the Sox an 11-3 lead in the sixth inning. In the month of July, Pedroia leads the majors with a .407 average and 33 hits. He also tops the Ameircan League this month with 20 runs.
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Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield reached another milestone in his career Sunday when he whiffed Mike Carp to end the sixth inning for the 2,000th strikeout of his remarkable career.
Wakefield joined Roger Clemens (2,590) as the only two Red Sox pitchers in history to reach the milestone. Wakefield also became just the 10th pitcher in history to strike out 2,000 with one American League team.
The Red Sox will be watching Jon Lester very closely on Monday night when he comes off the disabled list and returns to action after missing three weeks with a strained muscle in his left side.
"The biggest thing will be watching his workload," Red Sox skipper Terry Francona said of Lester, who was 10-3 with a 3.31 ERA in 18 starts this season before pulling his left lat on July 5 against the Blue Jays. "He's come through this about as well as you could hope. He was completely pain-free when he started throwing, and that's what we wanted. Now, it's just being able to build up endurance. If you go out and let a guy throw 120 [pitches] the first time out, he's going to be sore, so we don't want to do that."
It's somewhat apppropriate that Lester is returning to action Monday night in the series opener against the Royals at Fenway Park, as he hurled his no-hitter against them on May 19, 2008.
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