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08/22/2011 - 5:01pm
Miller to start Thursday, Wakefield on Friday

The Red Sox have scheduled left-hander Andrew Miller to make a start in the series finale against the Rangers on Thursday. As a result, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will get his first chance to shoot for career win No. 200 at Fenway Park on Friday.

Miller (5-1, 4.99) last pitched on Friday in Kansas City, logging 5 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on three hits en route to the victory. Wakefield (6-5, 4.97) made the start the next day, likewise exiting after 5 1/3 innings and with the Sox ahead, 4-3. But the bullpen allowed an inherited runner to score and then permitted five more runs, resulting in a no-decision for Wakefield and a loss for the Sox.

By having Miller pitch on Thursday, both Miller and Wakefield will be pitching on five days' rest. Moreover, Wakefield will avoid pitching at the Ballpark at Arlington (where he has a career record of 5-13 with a 6.23 ERA in 21 games) in favor of a home park in which he has a 97-76 career...

08/22/2011 - 4:56pm
Wilfork on Big Show: 'I made my comments'
By: DJ Bean

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork joined The Big Show for Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium, and declined to expand upon a Yahoo! Sports report that he accepted $50,000 from booster Nevin Shapiro while attending the University of Miami.

"I commented about it, and I'm done with that," Wilfork, who later added he couldn't remember when he first learned the story was going to be reported, said . "That's all I'm going to say about it. I've moved forward from that day. I'm looking forward to Detroit, and that's where I'm at right now."

Wilfork had said prior to Monday's practice that he did not want to "be a distraction" to the Patriots, so he was quick to change the subject to how he felt the defense fared Thursday against the Buccaneers when asked about the Miami situation on The Big Show.

"Like I said, i've made my comments, and I don't have anything else to say about. I've moved forward from it. Like...

08/22/2011 - 4:20pm
Scutaro leads off with Ellsbury still out

Shortstop Marco Scutaro will lead off as the Red Sox remain without Jacoby Ellsbury in the starting lineup as they prepare for the start of a four-game series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The Sox will be facing Rangers Opening Day starter C.J. Wilson, who is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts against Boston (all of which the Rangers have won).

Though Wilson has typically been a devastating matchup for left-handed hitters, this year, his typical splits have been reversed. Left-handed batters have a .261 average and .710 OPS against Wilson this year, while righties have marks of .228 and .645. That fact makes the absences of Ellsbury (out of the lineup for the third game since being hit in the back by a pitch) and David Ortiz (bursitis) all the more significant.

Wilson will face Sox left-hander Erik Bedard, who is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 17 strikeouts and four walks in 16 innings (spanning three starts) with the Sox.

For...

08/22/2011 - 2:39pm
Haynesworth: 'No contest' to simple assault

Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth pleaded no contest on Monday to simple assault in connection to an alleged incident at W Hotel in the nation's capital. As a result, the 30-year-old former Redskins tackle will serve 160 hours of community service. It was while with the Redskins that Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract before being traded this summer to New England. 

Haynesworth, who attended Saturday's walk-through in Foxboro, was not at practice on Monday as he traveled to Superior Court in Washington to have his case heard and work out a plea deal, which also requires Haynesworth stay away from the waitress and not be arrested for the next 18 months. He also agreed to alcohol abuse and psycho-social assessments. His record will be cleared if he successfully meets all of the requirements, according to NBCWashington.com.

A grand jury indicted him and charged him groping the breast of a college-age cocktail...

08/22/2011 - 2:20pm
Dowling, Price back at Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Rookie cornerback Ras-I Dowling and wide receiver Taylor Price returned to practice today as the Patriots worked out in full pads. Dowling had been out since Aug. 3 while Price was banged up during the preseason opener against the Jaguars on Aug. 11. Joining Dowling and Price in full pads were Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate and James Sanders. 

Running back Danny Woodhead, who took a vicious shot to the head while covering a punt in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Tampa, returned to practice but only in shorts and a shirt. Also attending practice in shorts were linebacker Gary Guyton and running back Kevin Faulk. 

Missing were Stevan Ridley, Leigh Bodden, Shane Vereen, Josh Barrett, Malcolm Williams, Eric Kettani, Jeff Tarpinian, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Wendell, Brandon Deaderick, Lee Smith, Albert Haynesworth, Jermaine Cunningham, Ron Brace and Mike Wright. 

Haynesworth was expected in...

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