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09/08/2009 - 6:11pm
McCain encourages Schilling to get into Senate race

Former Sox ace and current blogger Curt Schilling has been encouraged to pursue Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat by Arizona senator John McCain. McCain’s spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told CNN Tuesday the former GOP presidential nominee spoke to Schilling last week and encouraged him to seek the office. The two have a long relationship -- Schilling endorsed McCain early in the presidential process in 2007 and campaigned for him in New Hampshire during the presidential race. He also campaigned with George W. Bush in 2004.

09/08/2009 - 4:32pm
Belichick: Pats are moving forward without Seymour

Asked on a conference call Tuesday afternoon about the trade of defensive lineman Richard Seymour to Oakland, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he couldn’t speak on the topic, saying “we don’t have the rights to Richard, so I can’t make any comments about him or his situation.” He did acknowledge Seymour’s contributions to the Patriots, but said the focus is now looking forward, not back. “I think we all know the type of player Richard was. There’s a lot of things Richard did well,” Belichick said. “But that’s the way it is. We’re moving forward and our team is moving forward.” For more Patriots' updates, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is."

09/08/2009 - 4:31pm
No 'answer' yet on Wakefield

There is no determination yet on the future plans for Tim Wakefield in the Red Sox rotation. Wakefield battled his way through six innings last Saturday in a 5-1 loss to the White Sox in Chicago and was visibly slowed and hampered by an ailing back and calf. "The plan is to sit down with Tom Gill later today," Red Sox manager Terry Francona of a pending meeting with the team's medical director. "To be honest, I don't know that we can come up with an answer today. I don't know that it's there." Wakefield will miss his next start in the rotation while he and the team discuss the plan for the immediate future. 

09/08/2009 - 4:11pm
Pre-Game Notes: Plans for Matsuzaka, Lowrie, Brown

Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to throw 90-100 pitches for High-A Salem of the Carolina League in a rehab start on Wednesday. Matsuzaka will be pitching in Game 1 of the Carolina League playoffs against the Winston-Salem Dash.

Catcher Dusty Brown and shortstop Jed Lowrie joined the Red Sox on Tuesday, following the conclusion of Triple-A Pawtucket's season. Brown is the fourth catcher on the big-league club, and so seems most likely to benefit from the exposure to the major-league environment rather than much playing time. Manager Terry Francona said that Brown deserved a call-up based on his play in Pawtucket this year.

Lowrie, meanwhile, will be used "selectively," according to Francona, as he continues his efforts to return to health in a season that has been derailed by wrist surgery in April.


09/08/2009 - 3:51pm
Ortiz, Kotchman in the lineup, Varitek, Lowell out

As expected, David Ortiz returns to the lineup on Tuesday against Orioles right-handed starter David Hernandez. Casey Kotchman will also get a start at first base, with Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek both out of the lineup for the Red Sox.
Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Martinez, C
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Drew, RF
Kotchman, 1B
Gonzalez, SS
SP -- Buchholz
Roberts, 2B
Pie, CF
Reimold, LF
Markakis, RF
Mora, 3B
Wieters, C
Scott, DH
Wigginton, 1B
Izturis, SS
SP -- Hernandez

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