Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that despite the fact that Tim Wakefield landed on the disabled list on Tuesday, the Red Sox remain open to the possibility of moving starter Brad Penny for lineup help or prospects. Though Rosenthal suggested that Penny is available, he talked to one source who called a deal involving the right-hander (who is 6-4 with a 5.02 ERA, and has averaged 5 1/2 innings a start) "not likely."
Toronto G.M. J.P. Ricciardi told reporters that any deal for the pitcher needs to be concluded by July 28, a date that reflects the potential complexity of the deal, the fact that Halladay is scheduled to start on July 29 and the idea that if the Blue Jays deal Halladay, they will likely want to move other players prior to the July 31 deadline for trades not requiring waivers.
Ricciardi added that he views a deal of the 2003 Cy Young winner as unlikely based on what he's heard thus far from potential suitors. Halladay is 11-3 with a 2.73 ERA.
"We've got to be highly motivated to move him," Ricciardi told reporters. "We haven't been highly motivated yet."
A woman has filed a lawsuit accusing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping her last summer in his penthouse hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe during a celebrity golf tournament.
Roethlisberger's lawyer adamantly denied the allegations Tuesday, and was quick to point out that the woman never went to the authorities.
"Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone. The timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct," David Cornwell said in a statement. "If an investigation is commenced, Ben will cooperate fully and Ben will be fully exonerated."
The Red Sox dropped their fourth straight game, losing in Texas to the Rangers, 4-2. Josh Beckett (11-4) threw a complete game in defeat. Rangers starter Tom Hunter limited the Sox to one run in six innings. Boston has scored just 12 runs in five second-half games (2.4 per game). With the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Orioles, the Sox have now slipped into second, a game behind New York in the A.L. East.
For the first time since July 10-11, the Red Sox will feature the same batting order on consecutive days. Jed Lowrie is in the starting lineup for consecutive days for the first time since being activated off the disabled list on Saturday. The Sox face Tommy Hunter of the Rangers in Arlington. Hunter allowed nine runs in 1.2 innings in a start against the Sox in Fenway last year.
SP -- Beckett
SP -- Tommy Hunter
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