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07/02/2011 - 10:11pm
Home runs, Miller pace Sox past Astros

Yamaico Navarro hit a pinch-hit home run, and Darnell McDonald launched a three-run blast to help lead the Red Sox to a 10-4 win over over the Astros Saturday night in Houston. The win was the Sox' fourth of the nine-game road trip with one more game slated against the Astros before heading home for a seven-game homestand starting Monday. They remain 2 1/2 games in back of the first-place Yankees.

For Navarro, the seventh-inning solo shot was the first time a Red Sox player has claimed his first career big league home run via a pinch-hit since Juan Diaz went deep on June 23, 2002. McDonald's homer, meanwhile, capped a four-run eighth inning for the Sox against Astros reliever Fernando Abad.

Earning the win was starter Andrew Miller, who lowered his ERA to 3.06 after allowing just two runs over six innings, giving up seven hits, striking out three and walking two. The lefty threw 85 pitches (55 strikes) in his third start for the Sox.


07/02/2011 - 8:29pm
Crawford eyeing return during homestand

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before his team's game with the Astros Saturday that Carl Crawford is making progress from his left hamstring injury. The outfielder ran at 70 percent intensity Friday in Houston, and took batting practice on the field Saturday. It was the first outdoor BP session Crawford had participated in since going on the 15-day disabled list.

"He's building," Francona told reporters regarding Crawford. "It was a real productive day." Crawford is eligible to come off the DL Sunday, but will have to wait until the Red Sox return to Fenway Park to be activated, the manager said.

In 67 games, Crawford is hitting .243 with a .659 OPS, stealing eight bases and hitting six home runs. 

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07/02/2011 - 3:52pm
Lineup: Ellsbury back, Gonzalez in right

The Red Sox' lineup against Houston lefty J.A. Happ will have Jacoby Ellsbury back in the leadoff spot, David Ortiz manning first base for the second time this road trip, and Adrian Gonzalez making his second start in right field this season.

Ellsbury missed Friday night's Red Sox win due to illness, while Ortiz has managed just eight at-bats during the Sox' current interleague road swing. In Gonzalez' previous foray into the outfield, coming in the Sox' loss to the Phillies Wednesday night, he failed to get an legitimate chances in the field.

Despite throwing from the left side, Happ has had more trouble with left-handed hitting, with opponents hitting .328 from the left side compared to a .261 clip for righties. Happ has lost his last five decisions, allowing five earned runs in each of his previous two starts.

The following is the Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez RF


07/02/2011 - 1:36pm
Wojnarowski: NBA could lose entire season
By: DJ Bean

Yahoo! Sports national basketball writer Adrian Wojnarowski joined Tom Caron and Lou Merloni to discuss the NBA lockout, which began Friday at midnight. By Wojnarowski's estimation, basketball fans should be prepared to wait a while.

"I think there's a real chance that they lose a whole season with this lockout," Wojnarowski said. "I don't claim to be an expert on the NFL labor dispute. I'm not sure I'm an expert on the NBA's yet, but I don't think they're looking to change the structure of things in the NFL. In the NBA, they're changing the structure, and really the whole system. That's not going to come easily. I think the comparison is what happened in hockey, where they tried to put the hard cap, and they lost the full season in '04-'05. I think that's where we may be headed with this stoppage. 

"There's no doubt in my mind they will miss games, and they'll be where they were in '98, where it's either going to be a...

07/02/2011 - 1:49am
Ryder signs two-year deal with Stars
By: DJ Bean

The Stars announced announced  have signed free agent winger Michael Ryder. The Newfoundland native played the last three seasons with the Bruins, scoring 63 regular-season goals over the span and winning the Stanley Cup last month. 

The deal is for two years and $7 million, meaning Ryder will have a salary cap it of $3.5 million each year. Ryder is coming off a three-year, $12 million pact with the Bruins signed on July 1 of 2008.

After breaking into the league with the Canadiens, Ryder left Montreal for Boston and scored 27 goals in his debut season with Boston. He followed with 18 goals in each of the next two seasons, but developed a reputation as a big-game player due to his increased production in the postseason. Ryder had eight goals and nine assists in the postseason last year for the Bruins. 

Tomas Kaberle is now the only Bruin from the Stanley Cup finals lineup left on the open market.

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