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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,...

07/30/2011 - 5:53pm
Patriots re-sign McGowan, White

The Patriots announced Saturday afternoon that they have re-signed veteran defensive back Brandon McGowan and linebacker Tracy White, and have released rookie linebacker Anthony Leonard. McGowan, who joined the Patriots in 2009, was on injured reserve for all of 2010 with a chest injury. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound McGowan has amassed 181 tackles, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over his six-year career, including 66 total tackles, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2009. The 30-year-old White is a nine-year veteran who came to New England in 2010, and evolved into a special teamer last year, finishing with 18 special teams tackles for the Patriots in 2010. As for Leonard, he was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of West Virginia on July 27.

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07/30/2011 - 4:32pm
Gonzalez returns to Red Sox' lineup
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who missed Friday night's loss to the White Sox due to a stiff neck, will be back in Boston's lineup Saturday as the Red Sox face Chicago starter Philip Humber. The lineup is as follows:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

5. David Ortiz, DH 

6. Carl Crawford, LF 

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Josh Reddick, RF 

9. Marco Scutaro, SS

SP -- Jon Lester

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07/30/2011 - 3:36pm
Red Sox acquire utility infielder Aviles

CHICAGO -- The Red Sox have acquired infielder Mike Aviles from the Royals in exchange for infielder Yamaico Navarro and right-hander Kendal Volz, the Royals announced (via twitter).

Aviles is hitting .222 with a .261 OBP, .395 slugging mark, .656 OPS and five homers in 53 games this year. He adds a baserunning element to the Sox, having swiped 10 bases in 12 attempts this year. Aviles was also delivering solid production against lefties, hitting .309/.344/.600/.944 with two homers in 62 plate appearances.

The 30-year-old, who has options remaining and can be sent to the minors, is arbitration-eligible following this season.

Navarro was hitting .216/.275/.351/.626 in 16 big league games this year, getting playing time at shortstop, third base and in left field. The 23-year-old has power potential, and had made strides in his plate approach while also showing the tools to play a good defensive third base (after being converted from shortstop...

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