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09/28/2009 - 4:09pm
Mayo seen in Pats locker room without crutches

Linebacker Jerod Mayo, who suffered a knee injury in the season opener against the Bills, was spotted in the Patriots locker room this afternoon walking without crutches, a brace or a limp. Mayo politely declined an interview request. The second-year linebacker was injured against Buffalo, and is reportedly suffering from a sprained MCL. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


09/28/2009 - 4:08pm
Garnett: I'm refreshed and ready to go

WALTHAM - Kevin Garnett pronounced himself ready for the 2009-10 season during media day for the Boston Celtics on Monday. "I'm refreshed and ready to go. 5 on 5 starts tomorrow and I'll be ready," said Garnett, who is back after summer surgery to repair bone spurs behind his right knee. The team left at 4:30 Monday afternoon for Salve Regina College, where they will begin training camp on Tuesday. Celtics captain Paul Pierce said that Garnett looked ready to go from what he saw of him during an informal 5-on-5 pickup game last week. "It was like a breath of fresh air," Pierce said. For more on Kevin Garnett and complete coverage from media day, visit the Green Street blog. 


09/28/2009 - 3:26pm
Pregame notes: Lowell receives injection, Beckett's back and more

Mike Lowell is out of the lineup after having received injection to relieve discomfort in his right hip. The injection contained both cortisone and Synvisc. Some fluid was removed (4 ccs), though not as much as the 15 ccs that were drained from Lowell's hip in the middle of the summer, and Lowell did not feel that the treatment was as urgently needed as was the case the last time he received it. The third baseman had discussed the possibility of an injection with Sox manager Terry Francona last Thursday. Lowell suggested that he is likely to miss about three games.
 
— Josh Beckett experienced soreness in his upper left back and couldn't get comfortable during the plane trip back from New York. Francona said that the right-hander could have pitched, but the soreness has been there for a while. It is still uncertain whether he make a start during this turn of the rotation, or if he will simply make his scheduled start on Saturday. The fact...

09/28/2009 - 3:02pm
Kotchman in the lineup, Lowell sits on Monday

The Red Sox, who could clinch a wild card berth today with a win over the Blue Jays and a loss by the Rangers to the Angels, have Casey Kotchman in the lineup, with Mike Lowell getting a day off. Josh Beckett has been scratched from the start due to mild back spasms, with Michael Bowden getting pushed into starting duty.
 
RED SOX
 
Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Martinez, C
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Drew, RF
Kotchman, 1B
Gonzalez, SS
 
SP -- Bowden


09/28/2009 - 2:57pm
Lester fine after side session

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester felt fine after throwing a side session on Monday afternoon. The left-hander, who was struck on the side of the right knee in his start against the Yankees on Friday, has shown few limitations as he works to prepare for what he expects to be a start on Thursday.


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