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07/26/2011 - 11:02pm
Red Sox slug way past Royals

One night after managing just one run in 13 innings, the Red Sox exacted overpowering revenge against the Royals in a 13-9 victory Tuesday night.

Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz combined to go 10-for-13 with four walks, six runs and eight runs batted in to lead the way. Both Pedroia and Ortiz went 4-for-5, with Ortiz lining three doubles (a new career high) and driving in five runs and Pedroia collecting two singles, a double and a triple. In the bottom of the eighth, he came up just short of becoming the first Red Sox since John Valentin in 1996 to hit for the cycle, as his deep fly ball landed in the glove of left fielder Alex Gordon at the base of the Green Monster.

The offensive eruption (the major league-leading 15th time that the Sox have scored 10 or more runs this year) allowed the Sox to overcome a poor start by Andrew Miller. The left-hander allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He...

07/26/2011 - 6:39pm
Reddick: 'Proved to myself I'm ready to stay'

Red Sox left-handed-hitting outfielder Josh Reddick will get just the second start of his young career against a lefty pitcher when he starts against the Royals' Danny Duffy Tuesday night. Reddick has the stats against lefties this season (9-for-18 with a home run) to earn the start, but even so, he said seeing his name on the lineup card Tuesday will serve as a confidence booster. 

“In the past, I haven’t started against lefties,” Reddick said before the game. “Lately with the left-handed relievers coming in, for [Red Sox manager Terry Francona] to keep me in there is just showing how much I’ve proved to him and how much I’ve proved to myself I’m ready to stay up here.”

Francona said before Tuesday's game that he never believed that Reddick would not become this successful against his southpaw counterparts on the mound. 

"I don't think we ever viewed him as a guy that couldn't...

07/26/2011 - 6:35pm
Tito on trade deadline: 'I like our team'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona is aware that his team will be aggressive in looking for ways to improve as the July 31 deadline for trades that don't require players to pass through waivers approaches. That said, the steward of a team that is 62-38 through 100 games also suggested that he would be comfortable if the Sox do not make any trades before the deadline, feeling that the organization has the ability to achieve any necessary midyear upgrades from within.

“I like our team,” Francona said. “Again, I’ve been around here long enough to know that [general manager Theo Epstein] is going to be on the phone doing his due diligence, which he’s supposed to. I don’t need to sit up here and say what we need because I think my job is to get the most out of these guys and I like them a lot. But I also know Theo’s going to try to make us better if he can.

“I do feel pretty strongly, because I get to hear the...

07/26/2011 - 4:55pm
Bruschi joins Big Show's Patriots Monday

Former Patriots Pro Bowl linebacker Tedy Bruschi will join The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley every Monday from 4-6 p.m. during the NFL season as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Bruschi will be on hand to interview coach Bill Belichick each week beginning Aug. 15. 

Bruschi made an appearance on Tuesday's Big Show and touched on a number of Patriots-related topics:

On how the team will address the outside linebacker position after news that Tully Banta-Cain would be released: "You've got a problem at that position now," Bruschi said. "Even going into the draft I was talking about them solidifying that position with that 33rd pick ... If Tully's cut, then you've really got to look at that position, that's got to be your top priority." 

On former teammate Mike Vrabel, who retired to take a coaching job at Ohio State: "He was the most intelligent football player I ever played with, on both sides...

07/26/2011 - 3:23pm
Lineup: Ellsbury, Youkilis sit vs. Royals

One day after an ankle injury prompted him to leave an eventual extra-innings loss against the Royals, Kevin Youkilis is out of the lineup on Tuesday night against Kansas City southpaw Danny Duffy. Yamaico Navarro will fill in at third base.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will also sit, with Darnell McDonald playing center and batting leadoff. That is perhaps a reflection of the Sox' desire to rest Ellsbury at a time when they might be able to take advantage of a matchup with significant splits, as righties are hitting .296 with an .871 OPS against Duffy, while southpaws are hitting .250/.681 against him.

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McDonald, CF
Scutaro, SS
Gonzalez, 1B
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Crawford, LF
Varitek, C
Reddick, RF
Navarro, 3B

Miller, SP

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