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08/30/2011 - 4:58pm
Wakefield's next start pushed back

Tim Wakefield, who is sitting 199 career wins, will make his next start against Toronto next week, while Andrew Miller, Erik Bedard and John Lackey -- in that order -- will start against Texas this weekend, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

The date of Wakefield's next start has not been determined yet and Francona said Wakefield could pitch in relief if needed. "We can get him in the bullpen for a few days and then as he gets closer to that start he can get himself prepared for that too," Francona said. "We've got a doubleheader on the 19th that we need to think about." 

Bedard, who last pitched on Saturday against Oakland, will get a week between starts, but the decision ultimately affects Miller and Wakefield. Miller has had two strong starts since returning to the rotation and had his best game of the season in his last outing against Texas, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. Wakefield hasn't won since...

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 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...

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