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09/08/2011 - 9:58pm
Sox leave Toronto with another loss

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays jumped out to a five-run lead after three innings and never looked back, claiming a 7-4 win over the the Red Sox in the teams' series finale Thursday night at Rogers Centre. It was the Sox' 58th loss of the season and kept them 2 1/2 games in back of the Yankees for first place in the American League East.

Taking the loss for the Red Sox was Andrew Miller, who allowed five runs over five innings, giving up eight hits while throwing 93 pitches. Following the lefty were relievers Michael Bowden (1 2/3 innings, run), Felix Doubront (2/3 innings, run) and Matt Albers, who retired both batters he faced.

The only two Red Sox hitters to claim more than one hit were Jacoby Ellsbury and Marco Scutaro, with Scutaro claiming three hits. Jason Varitek hit a solo homer in the ninth inning, his 11th of the season, to cap the scoring.

Toronto starter Ricky Romero -- the American League Pitcher of the Month in August -- earned the...

09/08/2011 - 6:55pm
Wakefield slated to start Tuesday

TORONTO -- According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, Tim Wakefield will get his next shot at winning his 200th career game Tuesday against Toronto at Fenway Park. After Wakefield, the Sox are scheduled to start John Lackey the following day, with the rotation up in the air after that due to injuries to Erik Bedard (knee) and Josh Beckett (ankle).

"We do have the ability to see how guys bounce back from their outings before we have to make a decision," Francona said. "With an off day and with [Kyle] Weiland, [Andrew] Miller, things like that, it’s kind of in pencil. We need to figure out, like, where Bedard fits in, things like that."

Francona, who also said there was no improvement regarding outfielder J.D. Drew, said that the decision to not put Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford in the starting lineup had less to do with their struggles with Toronto starter Ricky Romero and more due to the opportunity to rest heading...

09/08/2011 - 3:55pm
Colts issue statement on Manning

The Colts released a statement Thursday afternoon regarding the status of quarterback Peyton Manning.

As previously stated on Monday, Sept. 5th, Peyton Manning has undergone further testing and consultation with several specialists regarding his rehabilitation. The results of these tests and the consensus of the consultations was that further surgery was warranted. Peyton has undergone this surgery today by having a single level anterior fusion. The surgery was uneventful.

This procedure is performed regularly throughout the country on persons from all walks of life, including professional football players. Two former Colts players had this same procedure last winter and have fully resumed their careers. Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process. Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clearer picture of his recovery...

09/08/2011 - 2:58pm
Lineup: Gonzalez, Crawford sit vs. Romero

TORONTO -- Adrian Gonzalez gets the day off against lefty Ricky Romero in the Red Sox' series finale against the Blue Jays, with Kevin Youkilis moving to first base and Jed Lowrie playing third.

Gonzalez, who was hit in the foot with a pitch in the Sox' Wednesday night loss, but would hit a homer in the ninth, is 1-for-6 against Romero with five strikeouts. The first baseman leads the team in games played with 140.

Here is the rest of the Red Sox' lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Marco Scutaro SS

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Kevin Youkilis 1B

Jed Lowrie 3B

Jason Varitek C

Josh Reddick LF

Darnell McDonald RF

Andrew Miller P

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


09/08/2011 - 1:40pm
Pats practice: Vollmer misses 2nd straight

FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was not spotted at the start of Patriots practice Thursday inside Gillette Stadium. 

Vollmer did not play in the preseason finale on Sept. 1 against the Giants but there has been no word on any possible injury he may have sustained. Thursday marks the first day the Patriots are required to release an official injury report. 

The Patriots are light at the tackle position, with Matt Light, rookie Nate Solder and Vollmer the only tackles listed on the depth chart. The team worked out in full pads for the second straight day in preparation for its season-opener Monday night in Miami. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


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