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08/07/2009 - 4:39pm
Wakefield to throw simulated game Monday depending on today's bullpen
By: DJ Bean

According to Rob Bradford, Tim Wakefield is slated to pitch a simulated game on Monday if today's bullpen session goes well. The knuckleballer has been on the disabled list since July 22 with back and calf complications.
 
The first-time All Star is 11-3 with a 4.31 ERA on the season.


08/07/2009 - 4:29pm
Smoltz designated for assignment

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox have designated John Smoltz for assignment. Smoltz was 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA in eight starts for the Sox after signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract. The Sox now have 10 days during which to either trade the right-hander or put him on release waivers.
 
Smoltz was designated one day after he gave up eight runs to the Yankees in just 3.1 innings. It was his fourth straight start in which he'd allowed at least five runs, the first such streak in the 42-year-old right-hander's career.
 
Smoltz owns a career 212-152 record with a 3.32 ERA and 154 saves. He won the NL Cy Young Award in 1996. He also owns a 15-4 record and 2.65 ERA in his postseason career, something of which the Sox were mindful when they signed the right-hander this offseason. The team hoped...

08/07/2009 - 3:37pm
UPDATED - Red Sox activate Tazawa, Woodward; designate Traber for assignment
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox have activated RHP Junichi Tazawa from Triple A Pawtucket and designated reliever Billy Traber for assignment, according to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. The team has also acquired and activated former Mariners infielder Chris Woodward. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.
 
Tazawa has made two starts for the PawSox since being promoted from Double A Portland. In 11.1 Triple A innings he has allowed three earned runs and struck out six. The 23-year-old right-hander had a 2.57 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 98 innings for Portland. Tazawa will be available out of the bullpen on Friday in New York.
 
In 10 major league seasons, Woodward has a .243 average. After spending his first six seasons in Toronto, Woodward spent three years in the National League with the Mets and Braves. In 2008, he bounced around the Yankees, Phillies, and Brewers minor league affiliates before signing with the Mariners for this season. In just...

08/07/2009 - 2:50pm
Wilfork: My focus is on football, not contract

Vince Wilfork had no official reaction to Thursday’s statement from Patriots’ Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio that the team was working with the Wilfork’s representatives on a contract extension for the nose tackle, who is entering the final season of a six-year deal. “I don’t … right now, that’s something I’m far from being concerned about right now,” Wilfork said after practice on Friday. “The only thing I’m concerned about is getting better as a football player and playing football. I’ll let those guys handle what they have to handle off the field, so right now, my focus is football and football only.” For more Patriots' news, check out our blog, “It Is What It Is.”


08/07/2009 - 12:30am
Ortiz admits to feeling the pressure

NEW YORK -- Speaking after the Red Sox 13-6 loss to the Yankees, Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, David Ortiz admitted that the drama surrounding his quest to find out what he tested positive for in 2003 is weighing on him. But, as Ortiz pointed out, he is hoping that the Saturday press conference which he will hold in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association will start putting some of the questions in the past. “We’re going to figure things out and move on,” he said. “I’m not going to keep this in my head my whole career. It’s not like I have 10 years left, but it’s the kind of situation that gets you frustrated…I’m going to let you guys know what I’ve got, period.” Ortiz went 0 for 5 and is currently 3 for 23 on the current road trip. At least some of the struggles, he said, can be attributed to the pressure put on by the revelation that he...

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