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08/30/2011 - 4:42pm
Buchholz on throwing: 'No problem, no pain'

Clay Buchholz took to the Fenway Park outfield at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, throwing for the first time since being shut down with a back ailment after a July 25 bullpen session. After the exercise the pitcher reported, "It felt good. No problem, no pain."

Buchholz, who said he is in on Level 4 of a five-step rehabilitation program for his injured back, warmed up from 40 feet before throwing approximately 25 times from 60 feet.

"I've been running around the outfield, shagging and everything, throwing balls in, and probably throwing balls in harder than doing that than I did today so I didn't feel like there would be any problems going out today," Buchholz said. 

"Definitely feels good. It's been a while, been waiting for it. I notice everyday getting better and better, doing stuff I've been doing in the trainer's room. It definitely is gratifying to go out there and feel good and not feel like anything is going to...

08/30/2011 - 3:10pm
Lineup: McDonald in against Sabathia

The Red Sox will turn to John Lackey in hopes of continuing the season-long dominance over their rivals that is primarily responsible for Boston's lead in the AL East. The Sox are 10-2 against New York, the first time in 99 years that the team has gone 10-2 or better in its first dozen games against the Yankees.

With left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound, the Sox will have Darnell McDonald (1-for-10 against Sabathia) get the start in right field, with Josh Reddick sitting. Interestingly, despite terrific career numbers against the Yankees ace, Mike Aviles (6-for-13) will sit in favor of Jed Lowrie (3-for-12 vs. Sabathia) at third and Marco Scutaro (.314 average, .429 OBP in 43 plate appearances) at short.

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08/30/2011 - 2:00pm
Wright, Spikes back; Welker, Bodden out

FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive lineman Mike Wright was back at practice on Tuesday as the team resumed normal operations in planning for Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants at Gillette Stadium. The team worked out in shorts, shells and helmets. 

Wright has missed the last several weeks with an issue that Bill Belichick said last week was not related to his concussion of last season. 

Also returning were linebackers Dane Fletcher and Brandon Spikes while Dan Connolly (ankle) Wes Welker (neck), Leigh Bodden, Taylor Price and Stevan Ridley were not in attendance. Albert Haynesworth was in attendance for his fourth straight practice as was Shaun Ellis. Neither Haynesworth nor Ellis have seen a snap of action this preseason. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the football blog It Is What It Is


08/30/2011 - 1:46pm
Welker: 'I wasn't too worried about it'

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was back in the Patriots locker room but not at the start of practice Tuesday, as he spoke before practice about his neck injury from Saturday night in Detroit. Welker said he feels better than he did after he tackled Ricardo Silva and brought him to the ground after Silva's interception of Tom Brady late in the first half of the 34-10 loss to the Lions.

"I'm OK," Welker said. "They guy made a good play on the ball and I needed to make the tackle so I went in there and made the tackle, got him down."

Asked if he thought he could be ready for the Giants this Thursday, Welker said he's leaving all decisions and comment up to head coach Bill Belichick and the medical staff. 

"Whatever coach decides on that, I'm fully in on whatever he says,"I think anything that has to do with that part of your body is always scary but we have good doctors and good trainers and I...

08/30/2011 - 1:32pm
Ocho: "I've done extremely well'

FOXBORO -- On Tuesday, Chad Ochocinco wanted to reassure everyone in New England that he is making plenty of progress learning the Patriots offense and he'll be ready once the season begins on Sept. 12 in Miami.

"The transition has been good, it’s been fun. I’ve heard small little rumblings of I haven’t caught on yet, but I’ve been just fine," Ochocinco said. "Coming from any place you’ve been 10 years and to come here and learn the verbiage and learn as much as I’ve learned the past two weeks. I’ve done extremely well.”

Tom Brady has targeted Ochocinco eight times so far in two preseason games, with just two catches, 14 yards and one touchdown to show for his work. 

"That takes time, that takes time," Ochocinco said. "Right now, scale 1 to 10, how close am I? Probably a seven. Right now, what I’m doing, I’m able to go out right now and react as I...

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