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09/30/2009 - 4:18pm
Francona: 'The next five games are kind of cosmetic'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke to the media the day after his team clinched the American League wild card. Francona said that is important for his regular starters to get some rest, especially Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury. When asked how much building momentum during the last week of the regular season meant, Francona responded: "Zero ... The next five games are kind of cosmetic." The manager also said that it was great to have the team together to celebrate the accomplishment. Said Francona: "For them to let it loose like that together, I think it's great." Francona and his staff have tenatively scheduled a playoff planning meeting for Monday. "We won't make our roster out until after that meeting," he said.

Other Notes:
— Mike Lowell said that everything has responded well to his Synvisc/cortisone injection
— Josh Beckett threw 62 pitches and said: "...

09/30/2009 - 4:12pm
Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday

Patriots Injury Report For Wednesday
Did Not Practice

OT Nick Kaczur (ankle)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
NT Vince Wilfork (ankle)

Limited Participation
CB Darius Butler (thigh)
WR Randy Moss (Back)
WR Matthew Slater (elbow)
DB Shawn Springs (knee)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (groin)
DT Mike Wright (shoulder)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
 


09/30/2009 - 4:08pm
After securing wild card, Sox shake up lineup

Tim Wakefield takes the ball for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays. A day after clinching the wild card, the Red Sox have decided to shake up the lineup and rest a lot of their starters. Here are the complete starting lineups for both teams:
 

Red Sox
Gathright - CF
Reddick - LF
Kotchman - 1B
Ortiz - DH
Baldelli - RF
Kottaras - C
Gonzalez - SS
Lowrie - 3B
Woodward - 2B

 

Blue Jays
Bautista - RF
Hill - 2B
Millard - 3B
Wells - CF
Overbay - 1B
Barajas - C
Ruiz - DH
Snider - LF
McDonald - SS


09/30/2009 - 2:16pm
Chiarelli on D&H: Kessel 'made it impossible for me to sign him'

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli did an interview on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday afternoon and discussed the prospects for the upcoming season as well as the Phil Kessel trade.

 

"We will miss the style of goals Phil scored, because the speed will back off the [defense]" Chiarelli said, adding that he expects to pick up the scoring slack with efforts from Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, David Krejci and newcomer Derek Morris.

 

"I believe we will make up for the goals with those guys that I mentioned, we just won't score them the same way."

 

Chiarelli reiterated that the trade was prompted by Kessel's actions.

 

"The fact of the matter is that he made it clear that he did not want to stay in Boston, that he wanted out," Chiarelli said. "That makes it hard for me to sign him. In fact, that made it impossible for me to sign him, because it...

09/30/2009 - 12:57pm
BC's Mark Herzlich: "I'm 99 percent cancer free"

Boston College star linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma earlier this year, sat down with the media Wednesday afternoon and announced that he is "99 percent cancer free." Herzlich has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and met with his doctors last week. Herzlich said his doctors told him that as far as they can tell, the cancer is gone. Herzlich will undergo three more chemo treatments and hopes to be back training by December. For more Boston College updates, check out The BC Blog.


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