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07/19/2010 - 11:48pm
Daisuke dazzles as Red Sox beat A's

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in one of the most efficient outings of his career, leading the Red Sox to a much-needed 2-1 victory in Oakland against the Athletics. Matsuzaka allowed just one run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings, needing just 89 pitches to record 20 outs.

 

Though he was touched in the third inning for a solo homer by Rajai Davis, Matsuzaka otherwise dominated the A's, retiring 10 in a row at one point. He finished the outing with six strikeouts and two walks, improving his record to 7-3 with a 4.29 ERA.

 

After the Sox fell behind, 1-0, on the Davis homer, the team responded immediately with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Eric Patterson led off the inning with a triple, and was chased home by a David Ortiz sac fly. With the game tied, 1-1, Adrian Beltre delivered a two-out solo homer to left-center against A's starter Ben Sheets. It was Beltre's 15th homer of the season.

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07/19/2010 - 6:51pm
Lowell receives cortisone injection

Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell received a cortisone injection in his right hip on Monday, manager Terry Francona told reporters. After a few days of rest, he will begin a four-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

 

For more Red Sox news, visit www.weei.com/redsox.


07/19/2010 - 1:18pm
Report: Baldelli to return to Rays

Former Red Sox outfielder Rocco Baldelli is set to end his time as a roving instructor for the Rays and sign a minor league deal with Tampa Bay, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Baldelli is expected to sign with the Rays on Monday and DH for High-A Charlotte.

 

Baldelli is recovering from a shoulder injury, and despite serving in a coaching role with the Rays, he remained interested in playing again. The 28-year-old Woonsockett, R.I., native was chosen sixth overall by Tampa Bay in the 2000 draft. In parts of six seasons (509 games) with the Rays and Red Sox, Baldelli hit .279 with 59 homers, 257 RBI and 59 stolen bases. His career has largely been slowed by a mitochondrial disorder.


07/19/2010 - 12:49pm
Celtics announce Robinson signing

The Celtics announced the signing of Nate Robinson on Monday. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 10.1 points, 2.9 assists and 39 percent shooting from 3-point range last season between the Knicks and Celtics.

 

"It's great to have Nate back, and we think that he can contribute more significantly this upcoming season after a full training camp with the team," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. "He helped us win some crucial playoff games this past postseason, and we believe that we will see great things from him this coming season."

 

For more Celtics news, check out the WEEI.com Celtics team page.


07/19/2010 - 12:39pm
Report: Kovalchuk re-signs with Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk, seen by many as the cream of the NHL free agency crop, has finally decided that he will re-sign with the Devils, according to the team’s official Twitter page. Kovalchuk had 27 points (10 G, 17 A) in 27 games for New Jersey last season after being traded to the squad in a deadline deal with Atlanta. Between the two clubs, he totaled 85 points. Kovalchuk has scored at least 41 goals in every season he’s played since he entered the league in 2005. Terms of the signing were not immediately disclosed. A press conference to announce the signing is scheduled for Tuesday.


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