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06/30/2009 - 12:04pm
Yankees acquire Hinske from Pirates
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Eric Hinske was acquired by the Yankees Tuesday morning from Pittsburgh for a pair of minor leaguers. The Pirates will receive right-hander Casey Erickson and outfielder Eric Fryer for the utilityman. In addition, the Pirates will give the Yankees cash. The 31-year-old Hinske hit .255 this season with one homer and 11 RBIs, playing right field, first base and third base.


06/30/2009 - 9:21am
Sox prospect Kelly's switch to shortstop delayed

Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly, who is amidst a unique season in which he will pitch into July before moving to shortstop for the second half of the year, had his transition delayed slightly by his excellence on the mound. The Sox' 2009 first-round pick was named to the All-Star Futures Game -- to be played in St. Louis on July 12 -- as a pitcher. In order to ensure that he remains on a regular throwing schedule through that exhibition game, Kelly -- who was scheduled to finish his season as a pitcher around the first week of July -- will continue pitching through the Futures Game.

"Basically, [the Futures Game] is going to delay his shortstop play by about a week," said Sox farm director Mike Hazen. "We didn’t feel like it was safe enough to do it the other way."

Following the Futures Game, Kelly (who has been taking batting practice during the month of June) will report to Fort Myers in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast...

06/29/2009 - 10:08pm
Red Sox Blank Baltimore, 4-0

Red Sox starter Jon Lester fired seven innings, striking out eight and permitting just five hits (all singles), to lead the Red Sox past the Orioles, 4-0. Lester (7-6, 4.35) is now 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last six starts.

A reshuffled Red Sox batting order offered Lester the support he would need for the win. J.D. Drew, who replaced Dustin Pedroia in the leadoff spot, tripled to start the game, and was singled home by Pedroia to give the Sox a 1-0 advantage before the first out of the game. Drew later added a two-run homer (his 10th of the year) and finished 3-for-5, while Pedroia went 1-for-3 with two walks.

Jonathan Papelbon came on with two on and two outs in the ninth and retired Matt Wieters for his 19th save of the year. It was the 132nd save of Papelbon's Red Sox career, tying him with Bob Stanley for the most in franchise history.


06/29/2009 - 5:35pm
Report: Bruins winger Peter Schaefer placed on waivers

According to a TSN report, Bruins winger Peter Schaefer was placed on waivers on Monday along with St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay McKee and Florida Panthers forward Brett McLean. Schaefer spent the entire 2008-09 season with the Providence Bruins and scored 26 points in 47 AHL games -- a casualty of the salary cap system where his $2.1 million cap hit would have proven unwieldy for the B's at the NHL level last season. Schaefer scored 26 points in 63 games for the Bruins in 2006-07 after GM Peter Chiarelli traded for the former Ottawa Senator forward prior to the season.
Placing Schaefer on waivers could be a precursor for buying out the soon-to-be 32-year-old's contract for the 2009-10 season, but that hasn't taken place as of yet. Contract buyouts come at two-thirds the cost to the club, with the team gaining the ability to spread out the cost of the buyout over...

06/29/2009 - 4:41pm
Lineups: Pedroia out of top spot

After 24 games in the leadoff spot, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia moves down to the No. 2 spot for tonight's game against the Orioles. (Pedroia is hitting .214 with a .264 OBP and .565 OPS in the leadoff spot.) J.D. Drew will replace Pedroia at the top of the lineup for the game.
 
With Mike Lowell out tonight (and likely out for the series), Kevin Youkilis will once again play third base. Mark Kotsay is in at first.
 
RED SOX
 
Drew, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 3B
Bay, LF
Ortiz, DH
Kotsay, 1B
Ellsbury, CF
Varitek, C
Green, SS
 
SP - Lester
 
ORIOLES
 
Roberts, 2B
Jones, CF
Markakis, RF
Huff, DH
Reimold, LF
Wigginton, 1B
Mora, 3B
Wieters, C
Andino, SS
 
SP -- Berken


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