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10/01/2009 - 4:04am
Wagner: 'A little bush league' for Jays to hit Ortiz

One day after Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon hit Adam Lind on the elbow with a pitch -- in a game in which the Toronto slugger hit three homers -- Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay threw a fastball that drilled David Ortiz on the elbow with his first pitch of the second inning. Ortiz remained in the game, and said after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts that he was fine, and that the plunking was "over."
 
Red Sox reliever Billy Wagner, however, expressed displeasure at seeing the Boston D.H. get drilled, and in the fact that Halladay was merely warned by home plate umpire Mike DiMuro after doing so. Wagner suggested that the game situation on Tuesday -- a one-run game, and a closer who was rusty from not having pitched in six days -- demonstrated that the Sox weren't trying to hit Lind, and so the act of apparent retaliation by the Blue Jays did not sit well with the left-handed Sox bullpen member.
 
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09/30/2009 - 10:54pm
Wakefield on postseason: 'I don't make those decisions'

After he allowed five runs in just three innings of work while struggling badly with the diminished strength in his leg, Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield said that he would be happy to be on the postseason roster, but would support the team if he was not included.
 
"I don't make those decisions," he said. "Those decisions will come down in the next couple days, and I'll deal with it when the time comes. If I'm on the team, great, I'll give them everything I have whether it's in relief or a start. If I'm not, I'll be the biggest chearleader in the dugout."
 
Wakefield estimated that the strength in his left leg is "about 60 percent of what my right leg is, so fatigue sets in pretty quick." He confirmed that it's hard for him to cover first and field his position.


09/30/2009 - 10:00pm
Halladay blanks Red Sox

Roy Halladay allowed just three hits and needed just 100 pitches to author a 12-0 complete game shutout of the Red Sox Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Joey Gathright broke up Halladay's no-hit bid with one out in the sixth with a soft liner to left field. The win completed a three-game sweep for the Jays, who hit another four homers on the night, and extended Boston's losing skid to six. The Red Sox used mostly back-ups in the contest, with David Ortiz and Alex Gonzalez the only regular position players to play. Tim Wakefield lasted just three innings, allowing seven hits and five runs. Dusty Brown became the third position player to pitch for the Red Sox this season, a new team record. For more, visit the Full Count blog.  


09/30/2009 - 9:25pm
Beckett: 'Everything's back to normal'

Josh Beckett, after throwing a 62-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday that confirmed his readiness to make his start on Saturday, suggested that there were no lingering ill effects from the back stiffness that he forced him to miss his start on Monday. Beckett said that the cortisone shots he received have had the intended results.
 
"I feel great today," the pitcher said shortly before the start of Wednesday's game. "Everything's back to normal."


09/30/2009 - 6:18pm
It's official: Prescott Burgess returns to Pats

As expected, the Patriots signed linebacker Prescott Burgess to the practice squad today and released defensive lineman Adrian Grady. Burgess, 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, was acquired by New England on Sept. 22, in a trade with Baltimore for an undisclosed draft choice. He was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2007 out of Michigan. Burgess saw action in eight games as a rookie, posting seven special teams tackles before ending the year on injured reserve due to a hip injury. He spent the entire 2008 season on injured reserve with a forearm injury. Burgess saw action in Baltimore’s first two games of the 2009 season and was inactive last Sunday against Atlanta for New England. For more Patriots news, check out our blog, It Is What It Is.


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