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07/18/2010 - 4:55pm
Sox plan: Beckett back Friday to face Seattle

If an extended side session goes well on Tuesday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced following his team's 4-2 loss to the Rangers that Josh Beckett would return to the rotation on Friday in Seattle against the Mariners. Beckett made two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket and had made just eight starts this season for Boston before being put on the disabled list on May 19 with a strained lower back.

 

"As far as I’m concerned, yeah, I’m ready to start on Friday, but it’s not the end-all, be-all," said Beckett, who gave up three runs in his second rehab start on Saturday in Syracuse. 

 

Francona also announced that John Lackey would start the Mariners series on Thursday, while Jon Lester will go on Saturday. 

 

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07/18/2010 - 4:38pm
Wilson outduels Lester, Rangers beat Sox

The Red Sox faced another tough lefty starter but this time they had no ninth-inning magic. C.J. Wilson fanned a career-best 10 batters and the Rangers scratched out nine hits and four runs - three earned - off Jon Lester as the Rangers beat the Red Sox, 4-2, at Fenway Park to take three-of-four from Boston in the weekend series.

 

Mike Cameron homered to left to open the ninth, cutting the deficit to two and Bill Hall reached on an error, but the Red Sox could not push another run across.

 

The Red Sox must now find a way to regroup as they face the daunting task of playing 10 straight against A.L. West foes, starting off a three-game set in Oakland Monday night before playing four in Seattle and three in Los Angeles against the Angels.

 

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07/18/2010 - 2:08pm
Oosthuizen runs away with British Open

Louis Oosthuizen dominated in winning his first major championship, claiming the British Open by seven strokes. The South African was able to cruise into the home stretch after his closest challenger, Paul Casey triple-bogeyed the 12th hole at St. Andrews. Oosthuizen entered the day with a four-shot lead and finished his final day with a 1-uner 71, good enough for a score of 16-under for the tournament. For more from the British Open click here.


07/18/2010 - 11:29am
Bowden called up to fill spot in bullpen

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Sunday that reliever Michael Bowden has been called up and will be ready for action out of the bullpen starting today. To make room, the Red Sox designated catcher Gustavo Molina for assignment, leaving the Red Sox with the standard two catchers, Dusty Brown and Kevin Cash.

 

Bowden came on to pitch a perfect ninth inning in the RedS ox' 4-2 loss to the Rangers, Sunday at Fenway Park, striking out two of the three hitters he faced.

 

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07/18/2010 - 10:43am
Lineups: Brown catches, Vlad LF for Texas

Dustin Brown makes his first career start Sunday as he will catch Jon Lester in Sunday's four-game series finale with the Texas Rangers. Mike Cameron also bats sixth and plays center field for the Red Sox. 

 

Meanwhile, Vladimir Guerrero makes his first career regular season start in left field, allowing slugger Josh Hamilton to DH for manager Ron Washington. Guerrero has appeared in left field only twice in the majors, in the 2000 and 2006 All-Star Games. 

 

The Red Sox lineup for Sunday: Scutaro SS, McDonald RF, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Beltre 3B, Cameron CF, Hall 2B, Nava LF, Brown C, Lester P.

 

The Rangers lineup for Sunday: Andrus SS, Young 3B, Kinsler 2B, Guerrero LF, Hamilton DH, Cruz RF, Davis 1B, Treanor C, Borbon CF, C.J. Wilson P.


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