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07/03/2009 - 9:18pm
Lowrie goes 0-for-4 in Pawtucket

Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie, who has endured a frustrating rehab assignment in Triple-A Pawtucket that has been slowed significantly after getting hit by a pitch on the knee, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Friday after having sat out the previous four games. The Sox anticipate that Lowrie, who served as designated hitter on Friday, will be able to play shortstop sometime this weekend.


07/03/2009 - 6:47pm
Lowell anticipates more time off in second-half return

Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell said that he feels "great...really good" following the draining of fluid and the injection of Synvisc (a lubricating substance) in his right hip on Monday. Though the Sox opted to place him on the disabled list, Lowell said that the decision was one of precaution rather than necessity, a means of ensuring that he will be well rested and as healthy as possible for the second half.

Towards the end, Lowell acknowledged that he will likely have more days off in the second half than he did at the start of the season.

"I’ve got to believe I’m not going to play 59 out of 60 after the second half. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still produce or play well," said Lowell. "I don’t want to go through this year the way I did last year. I think I would be putting myself and the team in a position that would be not the best."

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07/03/2009 - 6:21pm
Report: Sox in "serious discussions" with Cuban SS Iglesias

According to a report on SI.com, the Red Sox are in "serious discussions" with 19-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias, a 19-year-old Cuban defector who is regarded as a phenomenal defensive player. SI.com's Jon Heyman suggested that the deal for the shortstop could be in excess of $8 million.


07/03/2009 - 4:37pm
Francona pregame notes: Bay having a "tough time"
By: DJ Bean

Speaking before tonight's hopeful game between the Red Sox and Mariners, Terry Francona touched on a variety of topics, including his decision to flip-flop David Ortiz and Jason Bay in the batting order.
 
"Jason's had a tough time lately," said Francona. Bay has just one hit in his last five games and has struck out 11 times during the span. The Sox skipper noted that that Bay has been behind fastballs and ahead of breaking balls. He did not say whether he would be back in the cleanup spot tomorrow.
 
Francona also attributed the move to adjusting to Mariners starter Felix Hernandez. Francona noted that Hernandez is "that good" and that it was a good idea to spread out the right-handed hitters. Hernandez, who is third in the AL with a 2.54 ERA, has held righties to a .219 average on the season.
 
-Francona said he...

07/03/2009 - 3:46pm
Ortiz batting cleanup vs. Mariners
By: DJ Bean

David Ortiz has hit in nine of his last 10 games and has a career average of .364 against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez, so he'll bat fourth tonight against Seattle's ace. Mark Kotsay (.455 lifetime vs. Hernandez) will bat sixth and play first base. Tim Wakefield will attempt to be the first pitcher on the season to reach 11 wins.
 
RED SOX LINEUP VS. MARINERS
 

Drew, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Kotsay, 1B
Ellsbury, CF
Green, SS
Kottaras, C

Sp - Wakefield
 
MARINERS LINEUP VS. RED SOX
 
Ichiro, RF
Branyan, 1B
Lopez, 2B
Griffey, DH
Gutierrez, CF
Langerhans, LF
Woodward, 3B
Johnson, C
Cedeno, SS

Sp - Hernandez


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