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08/20/2011 - 12:27am
Ellsbury says back is fine after being hit

KANSAS CITY -- Jacoby Ellsbury said after the Red Sox' 7-1 win over the Royals Friday night that Terry Francona took him out in the eighth inning for precautionary reasons after the outfielder was hit in the back by by an Everett Teaford 88 mph fastball leading off the frame.

After being hit in the middle of his back, Ellsbury remained in the game and eventually scored on sacrifice fly from Adrian Gonzalez. He was then replaced by right fielder Josh Reddick in the bottom of the inning, with Darnell McDonald moving over to center field.

"Tito just wanted me to throw some ice on it," Ellsbury said. "I told him I was running the bases and I was fine, but he said go and throw some ice on it. That's it."

The play in which Ellsbury scored forced the baserunner to slide into Kansas City catcher Brayan Pena, after which the center fielder sprung up and jogged to the dugout.

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08/19/2011 - 10:53pm
Miller, offense awaken in Red Sox win

For the first time in the last six games the Red Sox managed to score more than four runs, beating up on the Royals, 7-1, Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Earning the win for the Red Sox was Andrew Miller, who allowed just one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings while making his first start since July 31. It was the lefty's first victory since July 20. Alfredo Aceves pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for the save.

Leading the way for the Sox offense was Adrian Gonzalez, who rebounded from four straight hitless games with a three-hit night. The first baseman notched a double, two singles and an RBI.

Also collecting three hits was Jed Lowrie, while Mike Aviles, hitting in the No. 2 spot, notched a pair of hits. 

Jarrod Saltamacchia claimed the only home run of the game, a three-run shot off Kansas City starter Jeff Francis in the fifth inning which handed the Sox a 5-1 lead.

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08/19/2011 - 6:32pm
S Ihedigbo says he's joining Patriots

Defensive back James Ihedigbo tweeted Friday evening that he was joining the Patriots. The UMass product wrote: Thanks to #jetsfans for all the love an support greatly appreciate it's on to a new chapter.....I'm Officially a New England Patriot!!!!!! Ihedigbo is a 6-foot-1, 214-pound safety who has spent three seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Jets. The 27-year-old had his finest season last year with New York, finishing with 22 tackles and three sacks in 14 games. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


08/19/2011 - 5:56pm
Report: Patriots work out RB Clinton Portis

The Patriots have worked out free-agent running back Clinton Portis, according to The Boston Herald. The 29-year-old Portis, a 5-foot-11, 219-pounder out of the University of Miami, was released by the Redskins in a salary cap move this spring. A second-round pick in 2002 by the Broncos, Portis has 2,230 carries for 9,923 yards and 76 touchdowns over over his nine-year career, the last seven of which were spent with Washington. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


08/19/2011 - 4:36pm
Belichick: Haynesworth remains 'day-to-day'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick described defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth as "day-to-day" in a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. Haynesworth, who has practiced twice with his teammates since he was first acquired in a trade from Washington on July 28, has been kept out of practice since Aug. 3. Belichick also assured the media that Haynesworth is at Gillette Stadium with the rest of his teammates. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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