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09/14/2011 - 12:11am
Pedroia: Time to 'play every day like Gm 7'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after a 4-for-5 night that saw him blast two homers and two doubles while matching a career high with five runs batted in to help lead the Sox to an 18-6 win, suggested that the intensity of the season has reached a new pinnacle. As such, Pedroia suggested that the team -- following a 1-6 road trip -- was shifting gears and embracing a playoff mentality in which each game is treated with a sense of urgency.

"The last couple of weeks have been tough. We've had a tough schedule. We haven't gotten much sleep, " said Pedroia. "We're at the time of the year where we all need to step up together and play winning baseball. We played great tonight but tomorrow we have to come out and find a way to win. That's basically it. It's getting close so we have to figure it out.

"Every win is big," Pedroia added. "We're going to come out and play every day like it's Game 7 from here on...

09/13/2011 - 11:52pm
Last-minute back spasms sideline Ortiz

After the Red Sox' 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, manager Terry Francona explained that the reason David Ortiz was pinch-hit for by Jed Lowrie in the first inning was due to back spasms. The ailment, according to Francona, didn't pose a threat to Ortiz' availability until just before the first pitch.

"Right before the game, and I mean right before the game, his back was getting stiff," the manager said. "He thought he was going to be OK, and we had to take the lineup cards out, so rather than take him out, we thought he had a shot. We turned in the lineup cards, then he went to swing and it really got tight so we had to scratch him. Just muscles spasms, but he got really tight."

Ortiz came into the game hitting .429 against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow (6-for-14) with two home runs. Lowrie struggled in replacing the designated hitter, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

It is unclear if Ortiz...

09/13/2011 - 11:39pm
Beckett tentatively slated to start Friday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after his team's 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night that Josh Beckett is tentatively slated to make his next start Friday night at Fenway Park against the Rays.

Beckett, who hasn't pitched since he exited his September 5 start with a sprained right ankle, threw a successful bullpen session Monday, paving the way for a return to the rotation. It is still unclear who will make the Sox' start Thursday in their series opener against Tampa Bay.

"Yeah, I think he's going to pitch Friday," Francona said. "That's not exactly set in stone, but I think that's the way we're leaning. He's going to come out tomorrow and cover first and stuff, do those types of things, have that kind of workout, and I think Friday's looking good."

Another injured Red Sox starter, Erik Bedard, did some light tossing Tuesday, but isn't a candidate to pitch this week. The left-hander told WEEI.com prior to the...

09/13/2011 - 10:57pm
Former players bringing suit vs. NFLPA

According to Yahoo Sports, a collection of retired NFL players -- including former Patriots offensive lineman and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Hannah -- on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the National Football League Players Association, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. The former players are reportedly bringing the suit because they believe they believe the current players did not have the authority to negotiate on their behalf during the lockout.

Michael Hausfeld, who is representing the former players, said this lawsuit does not affect the current labor peace but that the former players want to readjust the benefits they’ve received in the new CBA. Said Hausfeld: "The retirees rights were sacrificed for the benefit of the active players.”

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09/13/2011 - 10:20pm
Sox' bats help Wakefield claim 200th win

Dustin Pedroia launched two home runs, scored four runs and claimed five RBI in leading the Red Sox to an 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, allowing Tim Wakefield to claim his 200th career victory. The win, coupled with the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Rays, pushed the Sox' Wild Card lead over Tampa Bay back up to four games.

The 45-year-old Wakefield, who becomes the 108th pitcher in major league history to win 200 games, allowed five runs over six innings, striking out six and walking two while throwing 96 pitches. The knuckleballer trailed 5-4 heading into the fourth inning, but back-to-back homers by Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia would give the Sox the lead for good.

Pedroia would strike again in the sixth, ripping his second round-tripper of the game over the left field wall for a three-run home run and his 20th of the season. It allowed the second baseman to become the seventh player in Red Sox history to claim at least...

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