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07/17/2009 - 4:17pm
Lineups: Lowell hitting sixth

Mike Lowell returns to the Red Sox lineup after rehabbing his surgically-repaired right hip, hitting sixth against Toronto starter Ricky Romero. Here is the Red Sox' lineup: Drew RF, Pedroia 2B, Youkilis 1B, Ortiz DH, Bay LF, Lowell 3B, Varitek C, Ellsbury CF, Green SS, Buchholz P. For how the Red Sox hitters have fared against Romero see the Full Count Blog.


07/17/2009 - 2:24pm
Watson reclaims Open lead, Woods likely to miss cut

Tiger Woods needed a spectacular comeback in the Open Championship just to make the cut on Friday. Two double bogeys on the back side pushed him to 6 over for the day, 7 over for the tournament and at least two strokes off the cut line with three holes left. But you can never count out Tiger. He rolled in a birdie at the 16th to get one stroke back, and headed to a par-5 17th - the easiest hole on the course.

Woods eventually finished the day at +5. The projected cut line is +4. Woods had failed to make it the weekend of a major only once as a pro: the 2006 U.S. Open that followed the death of his father. Since then, he made the cut in 43 consecutive tournaments worldwide. CLICK HERE for the complete leaderboard.


07/17/2009 - 12:03pm
Source: Lugo designated for assignment

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox have designated Julio Lugo for assignment. The Red Sox will have 10 days to assign Lugo's contract to another major or minor league club, whether it be via trade or through waivers. Lugo is finishing the third of a four-year deal which pays him $10 million per season. Lugo is hitting .284 in 37 games with the Red Sox this season.
 
Lugo, who was signed to a four-year, $36 million contract prior to the 2007 season, played in 266 games with the Red Sox, hitting a combined .251 with an on-base percentage of .319 and slugging percentage of .346. With the Sox Lugo totaled 10 home runs, 103 RBI, and 48 stolen bases.
 
Lugo was hampered by injuries the last two seasons, with a torn quadriceps muscle sidelining him for the second half in 2008, and torn meniscus in his right knee forcing him to miss the start of this season.


07/17/2009 - 9:28am
Pats agree to terms with second-round pick Brace

WEEI.com learned moments ago that the Patriots and second-round pick Ron Brace have come to terms on a four-year deal that includes roughly $2.82 million in guaranteed money. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is."


07/17/2009 - 2:29am
Bay, Red Sox talks halted

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein told reporters in Toronto that talks between the Sox and Jason Bay's representatives have halted after the team negotiated through the All-Star break, talks which were first reported by WEEI.com. Bay is eligible for free agency for the first time following the 2009 season. He is in the final year of a four-year, $18.25 million deal he signed with the Pirates. 


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