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08/26/2011 - 9:36pm
Drew goes 0-2 in first rehab start

LOWELL -- Friday night J.D. Drew played for the Lowell Spinners, the short-season Single A affiliate of the Red Sox, in his first live action since being placed on the disabled list July 26 with left shoulder impingement. Drew went 0-for-2 with a run scored batting third as the designated hitter.

"I felt the swings got better as the night went on," Drew said. "The first at bat was more figuring out how to work the counts and as the night went on my approach got better and a little cleaner."
Before his first at bat he received a loud ovation from the crowd, but proceeded to strike out swinging on an off speed pitch. In his second at bat he flied out to shallow left field on a 1-1 pitch. Drew's third at bat came in the sixth inning and he was hit by an off speed pitch on the right shoulder. Following that he came around to score from first base on a double. He walked in his final plate appearance which came in the eighth inning....

08/26/2011 - 5:58pm
Francona: Youk 'doing real well', games next

Red Sox manager Terry Francona sounded optimistic that the team could be getting Kevin Youkilis back swinging a bat in games as soon as Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Youkilis was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 18 with a strained lower back. Francona said Youkilis and J.D. Drew (shoulder) would likely join Triple-A Pawtucket when the team travels to Rochester.

"He's doing real well," Francona said before Friday's game. "He's probably going to go out and get a couple of at-bats Tuesday and Wednesday. They're in Rochester. J.D. will do the same thing."

Drew, who was scheduled to serve as the DH for Single-A Lowell Friday night, has been on the disabled list since July 26 with an impingement in the left shoulder. Reliever Bobby Jenks has been disabled since July 16 with tightness in the left side of his back. He will begin a rehab stint this weekend for Single-A Salem.  

"Jenks will pitch [Saturday] in...

08/26/2011 - 4:58pm
Harden: No hard feelings toward Sox

For a brief moment in time it looked like Oakland pitcher Rich Harden was heading to Boston in a trade-deadline deal that would have sent Lars Anderson and a player to be named later to the A's. Then suddenly, he wasn't. According to numerous reports, the Sox balked after looking at Harden's medical reports and decided to pursue a deal for Erik Bedard instead.

Harden said those few hours were a little surreal, but that he had no hard feelings toward the Sox. "Not at all," he said. "That's part of the game." Harden, who is set to be a free agent after this season, also said that the non-trade wouldn't stop him from considering Boston in the offseason.

Harden, who has made 10 trips to the disabled list during his career, understands that his medical history is always going to be a concern. "That's something that's always been an issue and I think it always will be," Harden said. "That question is always going to...

08/26/2011 - 4:42pm
Crawford gets night off, Aviles in LF

Manager Terry Francona said he was playing it safe by sitting Carl Crawford for Friday night's series opener with the A's at Fenway Park, as Mike Aviles got the call to start in left field. 

"We're trying to give as many guys some time off as we can," Francona said. "There's only so much we can do. I thought Carl was actually cramping last night during the game. So with the late arrival and everything, I thought it would be a good day [for day off] because he's probably going to play both [Saturday]."  

Crawford had a very productive road trip, hitting eight games of the road trip, going 10-for-30 with two home runs, including a homer and five RBIs on Wednesday that matched a career high.  

The Red Sox lineup for Friday vs. the Athletics:

Ellsbury CF
Scuataro SS
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Lowrie 3B
Aviles LF
Saltalamacchia C
McDonald RF...

08/26/2011 - 4:31pm
Crawford to sit, Scutaro hitting second
By: DJ Bean

Carl Crawford is out of the Red Sox' lineup as Tim Wakefield makes his latest attempt to pick up his 200th career win. He will oppose Oakland's Gio Gonzalez. The Sox' lineup is as follows: 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, SS

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Jed Lowrie, 3B

7. Mike Avilles, RF

8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

9. Darnell McDonald, LF

SP -- Tim Wakefield

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