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08/11/2009 - 8:08pm
Fight at Fenway: Youkilis, Porcello ejected

A brief brawl took place in the bottom of the second inning of the Tigers-Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Miguel Cabrera was hit by a stray Junichi Tazawa fastball in the top of the first; Cabrera (who had also been hit during Monday's game by a Brad Penny pitch) eventually left the game in the top of the second. Tigers starter Rick Porcello, in a likely act of retaliation, first narrowly missed the ribs of Victor Martinez in the bottom of the first, then drilled Kevin Youkilis with a fastball in the first pitch of the second.
 
Youkilis (who was hit on Monday by an Edwin Jackson pitch) sprinted to the mound, with Porcello trying to backpedal to keep his distance. Youkilis fired his helmet at the Tigers' pitcher, and then went for a takedown. He and Porcello were briefly on the ground as benches and bullpens emptied. Order was restored quickly, with both Youkilis and Porcello ejected.
 
Mike Lowell has entered the game as a pinch-...

08/11/2009 - 7:16pm
Report: Powe to sign with Cavs

According to ESPN.com, former Celtics forward Leon Powe is set to sign a two-year, $1.77 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The report states that Powe, who is coming off surgery on the ACL of his left knee, would allow the Cavs to carry a team option for the second year of the deal. The Celtics forfeited exclusive negotiating rights when they didn't offer the forward a contract in June.


08/11/2009 - 4:13pm
Red Sox - Tigers Pre-Game Notes for Tuesday

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona talked about Tim Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Smoltz in his pre-game meeting with the media before Tuesday's game against the Tigers:
 

- Time Wakefield is doing pretty good. He will start on Saturday for Pawtucket in Gwinnett County. George Kottaras will start a rehab assignment and catch him. The Sox expect him to throw 3-4 innings.

- Tim Wakefield had this to say himself: "I'm excited. I think I'm ready to pitch now."
 

- Terry said "Time down has been good for his (Wakefield's) shoulder" and that he is "still dealing with that calf."

- Francona said that if everything goes well in Triple-A game, great. Then the Red Sox can bring Wakefield back. "We don't need him to run the 100 meter dash. We don't want him to cover first and have something go wrong."
 

- Daisuke threw 40 pitches (all fastballs) in...

08/11/2009 - 3:46pm
Red Sox - Tigers Starting Lineups for Tuesday's Game

Junichi Tazawa (0-1, 10.80 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers as he replaces John Smoltz in the rotation. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed four hits and struck out two in 1 2-3 innings against the New York Yankees over the weekend. Tazawa went 9-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 minor league starts this season. The Red Sox starting lineup is as follows:
 

Red Sox
Ellsbury - CF
Pedroia - 2B
Martinez - 1B
Youkilis - 3B
Ortiz - DH
Bay - LF
Drew  - RF
Varitek - C
Green - SS


Tigers

Granderson - CF
Polanco - 2B
Thomas - LF
Cabrera - 1B
Guillen - DH
Ordonez - RF
Avila - C
Inge - 3B
Santiago - SS


08/11/2009 - 1:48pm
Report: Red Sox sign draft pick for $750,000

Baseball America is reporting that the Red Sox have agreed to a deal (pending a physical) with 10th-round draft pick Brandon Jacobs on a $750,000 signing bonus. Jacobs, a football and baseball star at Parkview High School in Georgia, was recruited as a running back at Auburn. But he will bypass the opportunity to pursue a football career in order to begin his pro career as an outfielder in the Sox system.
 
WEEI.com reported on Monday that Jacobs was close to an agreement with the Sox for second-round money. For more on Jacobs and other players who are or were considered "signability questions" among this year's Red Sox draft class, visit the Full Count blog.


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