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08/16/2011 - 2:33pm
Lester, Ellsbury lead Sox to Game 1 win

The Red Sox claimed the first game of their doubleheader with the Rays, beating Tampa Bay, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Earning the win for the Sox was Jon Lester, who improved to 12-6 after allowing just one run on three hits over seven innings. The lefty, whose ERA stands at 3.22, struck out eight and walked just one. His only miscue came in the first inning when the Rays plated Desmond Jennings on an Evan Longoria ground out.

The Sox' offense only managed three hits against Tampa Bay starter James Shields in the righty's eight innings of work, but one of them was Jacoby Ellsbury's 21st home run of the season. The blast into the right field stands scored both Josh Reddick and Mike Aviles, who had both singled.

Closing things out for the Red Sox, who improve to 74-46, were Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon, with each reliever pitching a flawless inning. For Papelbon it was his 28th save in 29 chances.

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08/16/2011 - 10:14am
Scutaro to rest with stiff back

With Marco Scutaro, Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles all on the roster, the Red Sox would seem to have a little bit of a bounty of players who can play the shortstop position for them down the stretch here in 2011. On Tuesday, that depth really played into the team and manager Terry Francona's hands.

According to Francona, Marco Scutaro is still tending to a stiff back and will be out for his second game in a row, leaving Lowrie and Aviles as the remaining potential starters for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays. But with Rays lefty starter David Price set to pitch Wednesday, Francona said he would rather start the switch-hitting Lowrie, who is just more than a week removed from his 45-game-long disabled list stint due to a shoulder issue, against the southpaw in the series finale. (Lowrie is in fact hitting .373 against lefties this season compared to .204 versus righties).

That left only Aviles to get the start Tuesday.

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08/16/2011 - 9:22am
Lineup: Aviles starts at SS, hitting ninth

Nothing like a doubleheader after a day off in which you travel from coast to coast. That's what the Red Sox are doing Tuesday as they take on the Rays twice in one day. 

The first game - a 1:05 start that is a makeup for an April 13 rainout - will feature a fairly normal Red Sox lineup with the only alteration being Mike Aviles playing shortstop and hitting ninth instead of Jed Lowrie or Marco Scutaro. Aviles is riding a small hot streak, going 5-for-9 in his last three starts, but the 30-year-old hasn't played since Saturday. Tuesday's start will be Aviles' second at shortstop since the Red Sox acquired him in late July. 

On the mound, the front end of the doubleheader will feature a potential pitchers duel between All-Stars Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32 ERA) and James Shields (11-9, 2.80).

UPDATE: David Ortiz was scratched at the last moment with an undetermined illness. Lowrie replaces him as the DH and will hit eighth.

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08/16/2011 - 8:40am
Florio on D&C: No Houshmandzadeh for Pats

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the Patriots and news from around the NFL.

There are questions concerning the Patriots' two recent high-profile acquisitions, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, but Florio said he doesn't expect the team will cut either player.

"I don't see it happening under any circumstances with Ochocinco," said Florio, noting that the receiver would leave with $4.75 million and the option to sign with another team. "With Haynesworth, who knows? Everyone's saying all the right things. But his salary's only [$]1.5 million. They could cut him three games into the season, if they're willing to pay the balance of that salary, then so be it. But it seems like they're committed to making it work with Haynesworth. There's just that mystery now as to what's up with him because he hasn't been practicing or playing due to whatever injury. He's had knee...

08/16/2011 - 7:49am
Bradley on D&C: PGA title 'dream come true'

New England golf standout Keegan Bradley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about his victory at the PGA Championship over the weekend, when he rallied from five strokes down with three holes left and then edged Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff.

The 25-year-old Bradley, a Vermont native who moved to Massachusetts as a teenager and graduated from Hopkinton High School, won the first major tournament in which he appeared. He called it "a dream come true."

"I've been wanting to do this since I was 2 years old," said Bradley, the son of a golf professional and the nephew of LPGA legend Pat Bradley.

Added Bradley: "To be able to sit in my house and I'm staring at that Wanamaker Trophy, it's unbelievable."

Bradley put himself in position to win with a drive on the third and final hole in the playoff that cleared the water on the 18th, setting up the clinching par.

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