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08/13/2010 - 4:55pm
Lineups: Beckett kicks off Texas series
By: DJ Bean

For just the second time in the last seven games, shortstop Marco Scutaro will be hitting second in the Red Sox' lineup behind center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Josh Beckett will go for the Sox in the first of three with the Rangers as they look to forget about an ugly loss in the ninth inning to the Blue Jays Thursday.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, SS

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Mike Lowell, 1B

8. Ryan Kalish, LF

9. Jed Lowrie, 2B

SP -- Josh Beckett

 

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08/13/2010 - 4:54pm
Lineups: Ellsbury back at leadoff

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, after spending four games at the bottom of the order this week, has been reinstated as the leadoff hitter for Friday's contest against the Rangers. After going 0-for-16 while batting leadoff in his first four games off the disabled list, Ellsbury was bumped to the ninth spot for the next four games. There, he hit .267 (4-for-15) while stealing five bases.

 

Here is the Red Sox lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Rangers, leaders of the AL West. For complete matchup histories, click here.

 

RED SOX

Ellsbury, 8

Scutaro, 6 ...

08/13/2010 - 4:46pm
Warren to IR, Burgess reinstated
By: DJ Bean

The Patriots announced Friday that they have reinstated pass-rusher Derrick Burgess and have placed defensive end Ty Warren on injured reserve. For Burgess, it seemingly means his brief retirement has ended, but for Warren it means he will miss the season.

 

The Patriots lost Jarvis Green to free agency and last season traded Richard Seymour, meaning that with Warren out the defensive line could consist of Gerard Warren, Vince Wilfork, and Mike Wright, all of whom started in Thursday night's preseason opener vs. the Saints. 

 

For more on the Patriots, visit their team page at weei.com/patriots.


08/13/2010 - 4:40pm
More progress for Westmoreland

The Red Sox received another promising update on minor leaguer Ryan Westmoreland, receiving word that he is showing improvements in many areas in his ongoing recovery from brain surgery in March. The 20-year-old is now running, doing some throwing and he has progressed to swinging off a tee and taking some soft toss, according to a baseball source. 

 

The Rhode Islander had said that it is his goal to take part in the Fall Instructional League in some capacity (even if not playing in games). Based on the medical reports on his rehab to date, it appears there is a good likelihood that he will be able to fulfill that goal as he continues to increase his baseball activities.

 

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08/13/2010 - 4:40pm
Gammons on Big Show: Papelbon to close

NESN and MLB.com analyst Peter Gammons talked to the Big Show Friday afternoon and discussed the big topic of the day: Jonathan Papelbon and his ability to continue to close out games for the Red Sox going forward. Gammons said that he believes Papelbon will remain as the team's closer for various reasons, including his need to pitch on an adrenaline rush. He also added that he doesn't see the reliever getting traded in the offseason.

 

"The fact is going to arbitration, he's going to be making so much," Gammons said. "I'm not sure he's tradable because he's probably going to be close to $12 million in arbitration. I don't think anybody's going to be trade something good and pay a closer $12 million."

 

In light of Terry Francona's decision to take Papelbon out of the game in the ninth, Gammons added that the Red Sox manager will do what it takes to win during the final stretch towards the postseason....

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