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05/20/2012 - 12:42pm
Sox recall Lin, Gomez optioned

Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was recalled by the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday morning to provide some depth to a depleted group. First baseman Mauro Gomez was optioned to Pawtucket.

With Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Darnell McDonald already on the DL, Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney have had health issues over the past few days. Ross fouled a ball off his left foot on Friday night, wasn't in the lineup Saturday and will not be on Sunday and Ryan Sweeney underwent a concussion test Sunday following his diving catch on Saturday night. 

Lin is batting .256 for Pawtucket this season. He did appear in one game as a defensive replacement for the Sox on April 14.  

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05/20/2012 - 11:10am
Lineup: Gonzalez back in OF, Ortiz at 1B

Adrian Gonzalez will play right field for the second consecutive game as the Red Sox look win the rubber game of their three-game series with the Phillies on Sunday.

David Ortiz will again play first base for the Sox (19-21), who will face Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95). Lee threw a two-hit shutout the last time he faced the Sox, a 5-0 Phillies win over Josh Beckett last June 28. Beckett (3-4, 4.97) will oppose Lee again on Sunday.

Cody Ross fouled a ball off his left foot in the eighth inning in Friday night's loss and did not return to the game. He did not play on Saturday and is not in the lineup Sunday.

Lineup:

Aviles, SS

Pedroia, 2B

Ortiz, 1B

Gonzalez, RF

Middlebrooks, 3B

Saltalamacchia C

Nava, LF

Byrd, CF

Beckett -- SP

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05/19/2012 - 10:48pm
Smashing success: Sox slug four HRs in win

Mike Aviles smashed a homer to lead off Saturday's game and the Red Sox did not let up from there, going deep four times en route to a 7-5 victory over the Phillies.

Aviles (7), Will Middlebrooks (5) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6) all hit solo homers, while David Ortiz (9) blasted a two-run homer to straightaway center. That show of strength made a winner of Jon Lester, who logged six innings and pitched around eight hits to limit the Phillies to four runs. Red Sox relievers Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves (whose efforts were sandwiched around one out from Rich Hill) permitted a combined seven hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief, but allowed just one run between them, thanks in part to a spectacular catch by center fielder Ryan Sweeney, who made a two-on, two-out diving catch to end the seventh and keep two runs off the board.

Lester improved to 3-3 for the year, while Aceves recorded his ninth save by recording the final four outs.

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05/19/2012 - 4:59pm
Lineup: Salty catching, Gonzalez playing right

PHILADELPHIA -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is in his team's lineup against Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton despite having 12 stitches put in his left ear after taking a ball off the side of the head in the seventh inning Friday night.

"Went to the doctors last night and everything came back negative," said Saltalamacchia, who said he had never hit a ball in the side of his head like it did Friday. "No sign of any concussion or anything. Just had to get some stitches and good to go.

"If it hits there again it's going to hurt, but as far as any kind of pain, moving or hitting or anything, it doesn't really bother me."

Saltalamacchia said he thought about trying the hockey mask-style of catching equipment, but decided not to. He said the only other time he has used that style of mask was in high school. "I didn't mind it, but they're just so heavy and after foul ball after foul ball, they're louder than...

05/19/2012 - 12:42pm
Welker: I'm 'completely happy' with situation

PEABODY -- After saying that things had “gotten worse” in his contract talks with the Patriots, Wes Welker appeared to change his tune Saturday morning, saying that was a “probably a bad choice of words,” and adding that he’s “completely happy” with his situation.

“That was probably a bad choice of words, saying they had gotten worse,” the wide receiver said during a break at his football camp Saturday morning at Bishop Fenwick High. “They’ve stayed the same. I’m franchised for the year, and I’m completely happy with that. I’m completely OK with it. I look forward to contributing to the team in 2012.

“I’m excited to be back. I’m excited to be a Patriot. I’m excited to be out there on the field coming up with OTA’s and minicamps with my teammates. I’m looking forward to the 2012 season and us going out there and getting...

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