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07/15/2011 - 10:45pm
Sox, Miller run into trouble against Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox saw their six-game win streak snapped Friday night, dropping a 9-6 decision to the Rays in the teams' series-opener at Tropicana Field. It was just the Sox' second loss in 10 games in July.

Starter Andrew Miller suffered his first defeat since joining the Sox, giving up seven runs on five hits and five walks while not striking out a batter over just 2 2/3 innings. The biggest blow against the lefty came in the second inning when Ben Zobrist launched an one-out grand slam, giving the hosts a 5-1 lead at the time.

David Price earned the win, giving up three runs over six innings, having to throw 121 pitches. It marked the first time in the last six games the Red Sox haven't driven the opposing starter from the game prior to completing five innings.

The Red Sox did come away with four home runs, with Darnell McDonald, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Marco Scutaro all going deep. Scutaro's was the only...

07/15/2011 - 10:02pm
Crawford: 'Good sign' in Friday rehab

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The offensive aspect of Carl Crawford‘s game was answered Friday night as he went 1-for-2 with a walk in three plate appearances in his first of two minor league rehab assignments with the PawSox. Crawford also scored and drove in a run in Pawtucket's 3-2 win over Durham at McCoy, helping Kevin Millwood improved to 5-0 in his minor league assignment with the Red Sox.

Crawford drove in Che-Hsuan Lin from third on a broken bat single to center, hanging in on a changeup from Durham starter Alex Torres in the first inning.

The biggest and best test of his left hamstring came in the third when he took ball 4 on a full count. After showing his batting eye hasn’t been affected in his month off, he took off for second on a hit-and-run on a single by Ryan Lavarnway. As important as his explosion from first was, his ability to put on the breaks around second was just as significant. He did both cleanly.

“The...

07/15/2011 - 8:14pm
Matsuzaka: Damage worse than expected

 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been rehabbing his right elbow after undergoing Tommy John surgery, made an appearance in the visitors clubhouse at Tropicana Field prior to the Red Sox' series-opener against the Rays.

Matsuzaka, who underwent the surgery June 10, was optimistic about his progress, saying he was about a full month ahead of where teammate Junichi Tazawa was at similar points of his rehab from the same operation. The Sox starter reported through translator Kenta Yamada that he has almost fully regained his range of motion.

"One thing the doctors were surprised at was that, when they opened up my elbow, the ligament was completely torn," Matsuzaka said. "The damage was worse than expected."

Matsuzaka said his rehab consists of working out nearly every day, starting at 8:30 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. He did suggest that trying to rush back is a constant challenge.

"The...

07/15/2011 - 6:55pm
NFL: Progress on 'wide range of issues'

With all signs pointing to an agreement over the weekend, NFL owners and players issued a joint statement late Friday afternoon acknowledging that significant progress has been made in reaching a new collective bargaining agreement and ending the four-month NFL lockout.

The owners and players met Friday for nearly eight hours, then issued a joint statement about their progress.

"The discussions this week have been constructive and progress has been made on a wide range of issues," the statement read. "Our legal and financial teams will continue to work through the weekend. We will continue to respect the confidentiality orders of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan and will therefore refrain from commenting on specific issues or aspect of the negotiations. We will provide additional information [as]developments in this process continue."

The statement comes as both sides reached a breakthrough in negotiations between NFL...

07/15/2011 - 5:34pm
Crawford bats 3rd, plays LF for PawSox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Carl Crawford will bat third and play left field for Pawtucket Friday night against the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium. The Red Sox star left fielder has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a strained left hamstring. 

He indicated to reporters before Friday's game that he is limited to six innings in the first of his two rehab stints with the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate. 

"Hopefully, it won't take me that long to catch up," Crawford said in the Pawtucket dugout. "But that's why I'm down here, first time on my own. I was a little worried about it when it happened but it's taken care of now."

If all goes as planned, Crawford will play again Saturday night for Pawtucket and then travel to Baltimore on Sunday, where he will join the Red Sox on Monday when they open a three-game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at...

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