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08/01/2011 - 5:03pm
Bedard to start Thursday, go with 6 starters

Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Monday that newly-acquired lefty Erik Bedard will make his Red Sox debut on Thursday in the series finale against the Indians at Fenway Park. 

"Bedard will pitch Thursday," Francona said. "That way we can back up Lester and give him an extra day. So everybody slides back a day. We don't have a day off till we leave and go to Seattle. Up to that point, we'll stick with six starters."

Francona added that he will have Andrew Miller in the bullpen on Thursday to back up Bedard, who just came off the disabled list after a knee injury. Bedard, who is 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA, lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and five earned runs last Friday in a start against Tampa Bay. He walked four and struck out just two in his first start since late June. For that reason, Francona said he will go with Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, John Lackey, Andrew Miller and Bedard in the...

08/01/2011 - 4:47pm
No update on Buchholz after appointment
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not offer an update on pitcher Clay Buchholz Monday prior to the team's tilt with the Indians. Buchholz saw specialist Robert Watkins Monday for a lower back strain, but Francona said the findings of the appointment are not currently known. 

"Clay was seen by Dr. Watkins. The appointment's already been done," Francona said. "Now, we need to let Dr. Watkins, Tom Gill, Mike Reinold, all the medical people talk to Theo [Epstein], have a chance to sit and meet and talk, and kind of sift through things. Maybe we'll have something later tonight. At the latest, I would assume we'll have something tomorrow." 

Buchholz has not pitched since June 16. Francona added that he expects Gill to prepare a statement on the status of the pitcher, at which  point the team will have more information to share.

In 14 starts this season, Buchholz is 6-3 with a 3.48 earned run average. He has 60...

08/01/2011 - 3:24pm
Lineup: Reddick back in right vs. Indians
By: DJ Bean

After Darnell McDonald got the start Sunday, Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick is playing right field and batting eighth Monday as the Red Sox begin their four-game set against the Indians. John Lackey will go against Cleveland right-hander Josh Tomlin. The lineup is as follows:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Carl Crawford, LF

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Josh Reddick, RF

9. Marco Scutaro, SS

SP -- John Lackey

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08/01/2011 - 3:05pm
Carter: Moss rejected one-year Pats deal

Cris Carter, a former teammate of Randy Moss in Minnesota, hinted Monday the Patriots offered Moss a one-year deal to return for the 2011 season, but the wide receiver wanted a multiyear contract. When that didn't materialize — along with a possible deal with the Jets — he made the decision to call it a career.

"What I think forced [his retirement] was No. 1, New England trading for [Chad] Ochocinco,” Carter said when asked about Moss on ESPN. “That's the No. 1 place he wanted to go to. His biggest problem with New England was he didn’t want a one-year deal. New England wanted to sign him to a one-year deal. As you can see, New England gave Chad that three-year deal.

“The next team he wanted to go to was the New York Jets. Now they had someone, a big receiver, who decided to take the one-year deal: Plaxico Burress.

“What I'm seeing is, when those two teams were removed from...

08/01/2011 - 1:02pm
Moss' agent: Randy will retire

Former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss has decided to retire, according to his agent, Joel Segal. Moss, who played in New England from 2007 until early last season, accumulated 954 receptions, 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns over the course of a 13-year career. He was a first-round pick of Minnesota in 1998 out of Marshall University, and also played for Oakland, New England and Tennessee.

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