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07/06/2010 - 4:03pm
Beckett to pitch Sunday in Pawtucket

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett, facing hitters for the first time since he suffered a back injury pitching against the Yankees in mid-May, threw 64 pitches in a simulated game against Gulf Coast League hitters at the Tropicana Dome. He faced a handful of players from the Red Sox' Rookie Level affiliate: Henry Ramos, Moko Moanaroa, Maykol Sanchez, Trygg Danforth and Luke Yoder.

 

Afterwards, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Beckett would make a start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. Beckett will likely make three rehab outings (with the one in St. Petersburg counting as the first one) and then see how he feels. That could have him on pace to return to the Sox about a week after the All-Star break.

 

"I thought they were both pretty good today," said Beckett of his velocity and command. "I thought my command was a lot better today than it was five days ago. I thought...

07/06/2010 - 3:34pm
Youkilis passes Swisher on Final Vote
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has moved ahead of Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher to lead the Final Vote balloting for the 81st annual MLB All-Star game. Red Sox fans are still encouraged to vote as often as possible leading up the polls closing Thursday at 4 p.m. EST. Youkilis is hitting .299 with 17 homers, 55 RBI, and a .416 on-base percentage. 

 

Joey Votto of the Reds, who is tied with Jose Bautista with 21 homers on the season, leads the National League. For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at WEEI.com/redsox


07/06/2010 - 3:06pm
Lineup: Patterson back in, playing center

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After hitting two home runs Monday night, Eric Patterson is back in the Red Sox' lineup for Tuesday's game against Jeff Niemann and the Rays at Tropicana Field. Here is the Sox' lineup: Scutaro SS, Patterson CF, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Beltre 3B, Drew RF, Nava LF, Hall 2B, Cash C, Doubront P. For all the matchups go the Full Count Blog by clicking here.


07/06/2010 - 1:02pm
Youkilis on D&H: 'We just want to win'

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday from Tampa and talked about his chances of making the All-Star team. Youkilis is one of five American League players whose fate will be decided by fan balloting for the final roster spot this week.

 

Youkilis passed on a chance to campaign, saying: "You guys know me, I'm not really interested in self-promotion." However, he did stress how nice it would be to return to the All-Star Game. "It's a great honor," he said. "You never work to be an All-Star, but when you get named to be an All-Star it's a great thing."

 

The Red Sox partnered with the Reds to promote Youkilis and Reds first baseman Joey Votto, and the Sox star said he appreciated his hometown team's cooperation in pushing for him. "Cincinnati means a lot to me, it always has," he said. "I love the town."

 

As for the...

07/06/2010 - 12:00pm
Rivers: Sheed helps C's by waiting

Recent reports indicated that Rasheed Wallace might be reconsidering his decision to retire. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, however, said Monday from the Summer League in Orlando that Wallace is helping the team by delaying an official decision.

 

"He's trying to help us out by waiting, which is good,'' Rivers said in a story at AOL FanHouse. "He's still our property so we can use that in a trade or something. He's doing a great thing for us."

 

Rivers said the chances that Wallace will return are "very little or none."

 

Wallace is scheduled to make $6.32 next season and $6.79 million in 2011-12.

 

For more Celtics coverage, check out the WEEI.com Celtics team page.


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