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08/14/2011 - 12:40pm
Pats sign veteran LB Koutouvides

FOXBORO -- Adding more depth to their corps of linebackers, the Patriots Sunday announced they have signed veteran free agent Niko Koutouvides. Terms were not disclosed.

Koutouvides, at 6-foot-2, 238-pounds, has played seven NFL seasons with the Seahawks (2004-07), Broncos (2008) and Buccaneers (2010). He originally entered the NFL as a fourth round draft pick (116th overall) of Seattle in 2004 out of Purdue. After four seasons with the Seahawks, he signed with Denver as an unrestricted free agent in 2008. He was released by Denver after the season and signed with Tampa Bay in the 2009 offseason.

Koutouvides has played in 103 games with two starts and registered 101 special teams tackles and 54 total tackles on defense. He has also played in eight postseason games, including Super Bowl XL while with Seattle.

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08/14/2011 - 11:58am
Lineup: Youkilis in, Scutaro out for Sox

With Marco Scutaro still battling a sore back, Jed Lowrie gets the start at shortstop against Seattle starter Charlie Furbush, while Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup at third base.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup against the Mariners' southpaw:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Jed Lowrie SS

Carl Crawford LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Darnell McDonald RF

Tim Wakefield will take the mound for the Red Sox, looking for his 200th career victory. Click here for all the matchups.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/14/2011 - 1:06am
Sox, Beckett can't recover from five-run first

Josh Beckett allowed five first-inning runs -- equaling his first-inning total for the entire season -- paving the way for a 5-4 Mariners victory over the Red Sox Saturday night at Safeco Field in Seattle. It snapped a five-game losing streak for the M's, and cut the Sox' lead over the Yankees in the American League East to one game.

The five-run frame was the most runs allowed by Beckett in the first inning since he gave up six against Tampa Bay on Aug. 17, 2008. The starter's troubles began with a leadoff home run by Ichiro Suzuki, and continued with three straight Mariners hits. Beckett would face eight batters in the first, throwing 34 pitches, equaling his total for the next three innings.

After the first, Beckett wouldn't allow another run the rest of the game, finishing his six innings by giving up eight hits while striking out six and walking one. He hasn't won since July 23.

Earning the win was Seattle starter Felix Hernandez, who...

08/13/2011 - 10:32pm
Terry Francona ejected in fourth inning

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ejected in the fourth inning of his team's game with the Mariners Saturday night after arguing a play at the plate in which home plate umpire Mark Ripperger reversed his original call and ruled Jacoby Ellsbury out at home.

Ellsbury was attempting to tag up from third base on Dustin Pedroia's one-out fly ball to right field, but the throw from right fielder Ichiro Suzuki to catcher Josh Bard beat the baserunner to the plate. Ellsbury's slide resulted in his knee hitting Bard in the jaw, but the catcher managed to hold on to the ball before eventually dropping it to his chest while laying on his back.

Ripperger initially ruled Ellsbury out after seeing Bard drop the ball to his chest protector. But after conferring with his umpiring crew, Ripperger changed his call, resulting in Francona's displeasure.

It was the 33rd time in Francona's managerial career he has been ejected from a game. The Red Sox were...

08/13/2011 - 5:45pm
Lineup: Youkilis out, Scutaro returns

Kevin Youkilis will be out of the Sox' lineup for a second straight game as they take on the Mariners in the second game of a three-game series. Youkilis was a late scratch before Friday's game with a sore back. Mike Aviles will play third.

Marco Scutaro, who was also scratched on Friday, is back in the lineup and playing short behind Josh Beckett, who goes for his 10th win of the season. The Sox will have their work cut out for them against Mariner righty Felix Hernandez.

Here is the rest of the lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Josh Reddick RF
Mike Aviles 3B
Jason Varitek C
Marco Scutaro SS

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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