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08/13/2011 - 11:32pm
Terry Francona ejected in fourth inning

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ejected in the fourth inning of his team's game with the Mariners Saturday night after arguing a play at the plate in which home plate umpire Mark Ripperger reversed his original call and ruled Jacoby Ellsbury out at home.

Ellsbury was attempting to tag up from third base on Dustin Pedroia's one-out fly ball to right field, but the throw from right fielder Ichiro Suzuki to catcher Josh Bard beat the baserunner to the plate. Ellsbury's slide resulted in his knee hitting Bard in the jaw, but the catcher managed to hold on to the ball before eventually dropping it to his chest while laying on his back.

Ripperger initially ruled Ellsbury out after seeing Bard drop the ball to his chest protector. But after conferring with his umpiring crew, Ripperger changed his call, resulting in Francona's displeasure.

It was the 33rd time in Francona's managerial career he has been ejected from a game. The Red Sox were...

08/13/2011 - 6:45pm
Lineup: Youkilis out, Scutaro returns

Kevin Youkilis will be out of the Sox' lineup for a second straight game as they take on the Mariners in the second game of a three-game series. Youkilis was a late scratch before Friday's game with a sore back. Mike Aviles will play third.

Marco Scutaro, who was also scratched on Friday, is back in the lineup and playing short behind Josh Beckett, who goes for his 10th win of the season. The Sox will have their work cut out for them against Mariner righty Felix Hernandez.

Here is the rest of the lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Josh Reddick RF
Mike Aviles 3B
Jason Varitek C
Marco Scutaro SS

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/13/2011 - 5:05pm
Light back at practice, impressed with Solder
By: DJ Bean

FOXBORO -- Patriots left tackle Matt Light returned to the practice field Saturday after coming off the physcially unable to perform list. Light, who signed a two-year deal to return to the team that selected him in the second round of the 2001 draft, said that he is "working it in slow" after offseason shoulder surgery. 

"Just try to make sure that I can go out there and get as much done without actually going through a lot of the physical end of this," Light said of his mindset now that he's back on the field. "Unfortunately, I can't just jump right back into it given what surgery I had in the offseason, so right now a lot of it's mental, trying to keep the physical side of it going to what extent I can, and hopefully be out there going full tilt sooner than later."

With Light sitting out Thursday's preseason opener, the 10-year veteran watched 17th overall pick Nate Solder start at left tackle in his place....

08/13/2011 - 2:45pm
Patriots shuffle roster, add OL Zack Roth

The Patriots announced Saturday they have signed rookie free agent defensive lineman Zack Roth. Terms of the contract were not announced. Additionally, the Patriots announced that offensive lineman Chris Morris and defensive lineman Steve Williams have been released. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


08/13/2011 - 2:04pm
Reports: Perkins arrested in hometown

Former Celtic Kendrick Perkins was arrested early Saturday morning in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Both are misdemeanors. According to reports, Perkins posted bond shortly after being booked and was released from Jefferson County Correctional Facility. Police said that Perkins was allegedly fighting the manager of a club called The Ticket when they arrived, according to an AP report

Perkins was in Beaumont hosting his annual basketball camp with former teammate Rajon Rondo in attendance. The celebrity game scheduled for Friday night was cancelled.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.

 


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