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08/11/2009 - 4:13pm
Red Sox - Tigers Pre-Game Notes for Tuesday

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona talked about Tim Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Smoltz in his pre-game meeting with the media before Tuesday's game against the Tigers:
 

- Time Wakefield is doing pretty good. He will start on Saturday for Pawtucket in Gwinnett County. George Kottaras will start a rehab assignment and catch him. The Sox expect him to throw 3-4 innings.

- Tim Wakefield had this to say himself: "I'm excited. I think I'm ready to pitch now."
 

- Terry said "Time down has been good for his (Wakefield's) shoulder" and that he is "still dealing with that calf."

- Francona said that if everything goes well in Triple-A game, great. Then the Red Sox can bring Wakefield back. "We don't need him to run the 100 meter dash. We don't want him to cover first and have something go wrong."
 

- Daisuke threw 40 pitches (all fastballs) in...

08/11/2009 - 3:46pm
Red Sox - Tigers Starting Lineups for Tuesday's Game

Junichi Tazawa (0-1, 10.80 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers as he replaces John Smoltz in the rotation. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed four hits and struck out two in 1 2-3 innings against the New York Yankees over the weekend. Tazawa went 9-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 minor league starts this season. The Red Sox starting lineup is as follows:
 

Red Sox
Ellsbury - CF
Pedroia - 2B
Martinez - 1B
Youkilis - 3B
Ortiz - DH
Bay - LF
Drew  - RF
Varitek - C
Green - SS


Tigers

Granderson - CF
Polanco - 2B
Thomas - LF
Cabrera - 1B
Guillen - DH
Ordonez - RF
Avila - C
Inge - 3B
Santiago - SS


08/11/2009 - 1:48pm
Report: Red Sox sign draft pick for $750,000

Baseball America is reporting that the Red Sox have agreed to a deal (pending a physical) with 10th-round draft pick Brandon Jacobs on a $750,000 signing bonus. Jacobs, a football and baseball star at Parkview High School in Georgia, was recruited as a running back at Auburn. But he will bypass the opportunity to pursue a football career in order to begin his pro career as an outfielder in the Sox system.
 
WEEI.com reported on Monday that Jacobs was close to an agreement with the Sox for second-round money. For more on Jacobs and other players who are or were considered "signability questions" among this year's Red Sox draft class, visit the Full Count blog.


08/11/2009 - 1:06pm
Report: Smoltz clears waivers

ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that Red Sox right-hander John Smoltz cleared waivers without any other team claiming him and the remainder of his one-year, $5.5 million deal (which includes incentives). Smoltz was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday, giving the team until this coming Sunday to either trade Smoltz, release him, or work out an agreement that would send him to the minors, likely to prepare for a reassignment to the bullpen.


08/11/2009 - 11:37am
Brady: I expect to play Thursday vs. Philly

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the media Tuesday morning that he's "expecting" to play Thursday night in New England's preseason opener against the Eagles in Philadelphia. "I hope so," Brady said when asked if Coach Bill Belichick was ready for him to play Thursday night. "We haven’t talked about it, but he told the guys everybody needs to be ready to play, so I’m expecting to play. There’s no reason I wouldn’t. I’ve been out here and doing everything, and it’ll be nice to get out there and play some football." For more Patriots' updates, check out our blog, "It Is What It Is."
 


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