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09/26/2011 - 10:25pm
Red Sox lose again; tied with Rays

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox fell into a tie with the Rays in the race for the American League wild card after dropping a 6-3 decision to the Orioles Monday night at Camden Yards. Tampa Bay took advantage of Sox' loss, claiming a 5-2 win over the Yankees to draw even with Boston.

Taking the loss for the Red Sox was starter Josh Beckett, who allowed six runs over six innings, giving up five hits and four walks while striking out five. The big hit against the hurler came in the Orioles' four-run sixth inning when Robert Andino's fly ball fell out of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's glove as the outfielder hit the wall, resulting in a three-run, inside-the-park home run.

Andino's homer was the first inside-the-park home run allowed by the Red Sox since July 23, 2006, when Adrian Beltre managed one. It was the first-ever such homer in Camden Yards' history.

Beckett had been staked to a 2-1 lead thanks to an RBI double from Ellsbury in the second...

09/26/2011 - 6:29pm
Belichick: Pats pressured Fitzpatrick well
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, discussing the team's loss to the Bills, their upcoming game against the Raiders, and the NFL Network's two-part documentary on the coach.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was not sacked in the Bills' 34-31 victory, but Belichick did not express specific displeasure with the team's pass rush. 

"It certainly could have been better -- everything could have been better -- but I didn't think it was a major problem in the game," Belichick said, adding that he felt the Pats rushed Fitzpatrick "pretty well."

On the subject of the television special, Belichick noted that the organization had granted NFL Films access for the 2009 season because it was the team's 50th season, Tom Brady's first season back from his knee injury and Belichick's 35th season coaching. There was no specific plan with what would become of the footage, and in the end it...

09/26/2011 - 6:07pm
Tito: Sox fighting uphill battle with Youkilis

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Youkilis, who hasn't played since Sept. 15 due to a sports hernia, isn't likely to make an appearance in any of the three remaining regular season games, with his availability for any potential playoff games still in doubt, as well.

"I think Youk, he's trying so damn hard. He's pretty sore," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona prior to his team's series opener with the Orioles at Camden Yards Monday. "He did a little light running yesterday. He's pretty sore I don't think we've pulled the plug. I think being realistic, though, we're probably fighting an uphill battle."

Youkilis played in 120 games, having missed half of August with a hip injury before eventually returning to the Sox' lineup for 10 games on Sept. 2. He is hitting .258 with an .833 OPS and 17 home runs.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


09/26/2011 - 5:58pm
Next Buchholz outing still undetermined

BALTIMORE -- Clay Buchholz threw 18 pitches in an Instructional League game in Fort Myers Monday, allowing just a double. The plan now for the Red Sox' pitcher will depend on where the team finds itself in the standings Wednesday.

If the Sox have clinched the wild card spot by the time their series finale rolls around Wednesday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the likelihood is that Buchholz would potentially make an appearance in a major league game in the final regular season game of the year. But if a playoff spot is still in doubt, Buchholz' next appearance will most likely be in another instructional league game.

"Health-wise, really good," said Francona of Buchholz Monday outing. "A little bit rusty facing hitters. Clay will come back here, get evaluated. We'll see where we are and he will either pitch for us Wednesday or go back to instructional league."

More Red Sox news, go to the team page at...

09/26/2011 - 5:31pm
Red Sox issue statement on Lackey
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox have issued a statement on pitcher John Lackey, who on Sunday night lashed out at the media for a text message he received regarding a personal issue. 

The statement reads as follows:

"John Lackey is dealing with a deeply personal family issue, and it is one the Red Sox do not feel is appropriate for public debate. The Red Sox request that John and Krista’s privacy be respected.

The Red Sox will not have any further comment.”

TMZ reported Monday that Lackey had filed for divorce from his wife, who has been battling breast cancer.

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.


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