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07/31/2011 - 10:17am
Lineup: Reddick sits, McDonald in RF

CHICAGO -- With White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle on the hill, the Red Sox will tweak their lineup in the series finale at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday, featuring Darnell McDonald in right field in place of Josh Reddick. McDonald is 6-for-9 in his career against Buehrle, tied for his most hits against any pitcher. The Red Sox, meanwhile, will pair Jason Varitek with left-hander Andrew Miller in the rubber match of the battle of the Soxes.

For complete matchup information, visit the Full Count blog. For team coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Crawford, LF
McDonald, RF
Varitek, C
Scutaro, SS

Miller, SP

 


07/31/2011 - 1:42am
Medicals derailing Harden deal

CHICAGO -- An unexpected turn of events occurred late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, as the deal sending Oakland starter Rich Harden to the Red Sox in exchange for first baseman Lars Anderson and a player to be named appeared to be in the process of unraveling.

Harden told Oakland reporters that Athletics GM Billy Beane told him that there was no deal, and that the pitcher would make his scheduled start for the A's on Tuesday. A major league source confirmed the report, noting that the Red Sox are "not counting on" the deal going through.

The Red Sox developed concerns, based on a review of Harden's medicals, that he might not be available to contribute as much as expected down the stretch. Harden, who has been on the DL 10 times in his career, missed the first three months of this year with a muscle strain under his right arm.

Harden is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA, 30 strikeouts and 10 walks in 29 1/3 innings this year. He...

07/30/2011 - 11:47pm
Salty: 'Expect good things' from Harden

CHICAGO -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia worked briefly with newly acquired starter Rich Harden when both were with the Rangers in 2010, a season in which both struggled with their health. Harden went 5-5 with a 5.58 ERA in 20 games (18 starts) while working his way back from surgery, while Saltalamacchia played in just two games, going 1-for-5, before landing on the D.L.

Though Saltalamacchia never did catch Harden in a regular season game with the Rangers, based on the time that the two spent together in spring training, he expects the pitcher to fit in well in his new environment after the trade that brought the right-hander from Oakland to the Sox for Lars Anderson and a player to be named.

"He’s a competitor," said Saltalamacchia. "I love him. Great guy, great teammate. His thing was just keeping the ball down. He was great.

"When I had him [in 2010], he was just coming back. He was working on a lot of...

07/30/2011 - 10:11pm
Lester, Red Sox finally best White Sox

CHICAGO -- The Red Sox scored four runs in the fifth inning, and five more in the ninth to claim a 10-2 win over the White Sox Saturday night. It snapped an eight-game losing streak for Boston against Chicago, who had beaten the Red Sox in 14 of the teams last 16 meetings.

Earning the win was Jon Lester, who allowed two runs on four hits over eight innings, striking out eight and walking one. The lefty's only two miscues came on solo homers from Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham.

Pacing the Red Sox' offense were Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis, who notched back-to-back homers in the ninth. Gonzalez finished with three hits to raise his average to .358, while Youkilis was one of five Red Sox (Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Marco Scutaro, Carl Crawford) to finish with two hits. Scutaro also had three RBI.

The Red Sox, who went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position, also had three stolen bases thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury, Crawford and...

07/30/2011 - 9:23pm
Source: Sox on verge of acquiring Harden

CHICAGO -- According to a team source, the Red Sox are on the verge of acquiring right-handed pitcher Rich Harden from the Athletics for minor league first baseman Lars Anderson and a player to be named later. The deal is pending Harden undergoing a physical examination.

Harden is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in five starts this year for the A's; the right-hander has struck out 30 and walked 10 in 29 1/3 innings.

Though Harden has battled injuries throughout his career, he has featured top-of-the-rotation stuff when on the mound. For his career, he has 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings as well as a 3.65 ERA in 160 career games (150 starts).

Anderson, once the top prospect in the Red Sox system, will enjoy a homecoming of sorts. The 23-year-old first baseman hails from the Bay Area, having attended Jesuit High School in Sacramento before the Sox drafted him in the 18th round of the 2006 draft.

For a more complete look at the deal,...

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