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08/12/2009 - 5:03pm
Hockey East officials set Aug. 20 press conference at Fenway

Hockey East officials along with coaches and athletes from Boston College, Boston University, the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University are planning to hold an Aug. 20 press conference at Fenway Park, according to a release sent out by Hockey East on Wednesday afternoon. As previously reported on WEEI.com, BU and BC are slated to tangle in an outdoor hockey game at Fenway Park on Jan. 8 and the UNH and NU women's teams are also expected to announce an outdoor hockey game at Fenway Park as well. Both games will be made official at the Fenway press conference. College officials are expecting that the two college hockey games will be an excellent option for those not able to procure tickets to the Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers on New Year's Day.


08/12/2009 - 4:23pm
Pre-game notes: Youkilis begins five-game suspension

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona said that Kevin Youkilis is going to start serving his suspension on Wednesday night. Francona said that the team will "take our medicine and move on...there's never a good time to lose a good player." Here are some additional pre-game notes before the Red Sox take on the Tigers:

- Casey Kotchman will start at first base in place of Kevin Youkilis

- Victor Martinez will be catching on Thursday, so the team wanted to give him a day off. Terry said that his production has been hurt by catching too much. Francona said "this year it has, in the past it hasn't." Finally, Martinez will work with a knuckleball machine that bullpen coach Gary Tuck rigged together.

- John Smoltz "indicated he is not interested in going to the bullpen with us (the Red Sox)." Smoltz doesn't want to return to the Red Sox through a minor-league assignment. The team has until Sunday...

08/12/2009 - 3:50pm
Lowell back in Sox lineup, V-Mart sits

Josh Beckett takes the mound against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. Kevin Youkilis will start serving his suspension tonight. The revised Red Sox lineup looks like this after it was pulled down earlier to get Casey Kotchman in the lineup for Youkilis:
 

Ellsbury - CF
Pedroia - 2B
Bay - LF
Ortiz - DH
Lowell - 3B
Drew - RF
Kotchman - 1B
Varitek - C
Green - SS

 

SP -- Beckett


08/12/2009 - 3:43pm
Youkilis and Porcello suspended 5 games and fined

Kevin Youkilis and Rick Porcello have been suspended five games and fined for their roll in the brawl between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Tigers pitcher Edwin Jackson was also fined for his roll in the brawl.


08/12/2009 - 3:37pm
Report: Smoltz refuses move to minors

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz has refused a move to minors. This refusal leaves the Red Sox with two options. They can either trade him or release him. If the Red Sox release Smoltz, they will have to pay the entire remaing amount left on his $5.5 million 1-year contract that he signed in the offseason.


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