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08/05/2009 - 4:24pm
Pre-Game Notes: Buchholz could relieve on Wednesday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Starter Clay Buchholz, who would have entered Tuesday's game had it reached a 14th inning, will once again be available as a fail-safe option in the bullpen on Wednesday. According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona , the right-hander remains in line to start in Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
 
Here are other notes from the manager's pre-game session with the media:
 
--With Josh Reddick having been sent back to the minors, Nick Green is the fifth outfielder. J.D. Drew, who is out of the lineup on Wednesday with left-hander David Price on the hill for the Rays, is a little sore but otherwise fine following his participation in Tuesday's game, his first full game since last Thursday due to a sore left groin.
 
--Francona spent about 45 minutes with pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday in an effort to clear the air and move beyond last week's controversy. "I felt really good about it and I...

08/05/2009 - 4:24pm
Boston native Roenick expected to retire

On Thursday, Boston native Jeremy Roenick is expected to announce his retirement from the NHL following a career that spanned 20 seasons. Roenick scored 513 career goals and scored 1,216 points, third most of all time for a U.S.-born player. For more, click here.


08/05/2009 - 3:45pm
Sox call up pitcher Billy Traber, option Josh Reddick

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In order to reinforce a bullpen depleted by Tuesday's 13-inning game, the Red Sox have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Billy Traber from Triple-A Pawtucket. Traber, 29, is 7-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 32 appearances for the PawSox. Recently, he has been used as a starter, making four starts in his last five appearances. He last appeared in the majors last year with the Yankees, for whom he pitched in 19 games while forging a 7.02 ERA.
 
Traber, who signed a minor-league deal with the Sox this past offseason, was notified of the call-up at 2:30 a.m., and raced to prepare for an 8 a.m. flight. Asked how he would be used, Traber said, "I definitely don't ask. That's way above my pay scale."
 
In order to make room for Traber on the 25-man major-league roster, outfielder Josh Reddick will be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket. Reddick went 5-for-16 with three doubles and a homer during his four games...

08/05/2009 - 3:38pm
Wakefield: 'It's frustrating because I can throw'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield threw his first bullpen session since landing on the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break. The right-hander threw 40 pitches, and reported that he "felt good" while on the mound, but that fielding his position remains an issue due to the ongoing weakness of his left calf.
 
"My leg just feels weak. I think I can pitch where I’m at now. My only concern is fielding my position. Covering first and covering bunts might be a problem. I think it’s a little better but it’s hard to tell. It’s like not having any strength," said Wakefield. "It’s frustrating because I can throw."
 
After his bullpen session, Wakefield did some light running with a slight limp.
 


08/05/2009 - 3:27pm
Bay back, Ortiz and Drew sit against left-hander Price

Jacoby Ellsbury will be the lone left-handed hitter in Wednesday night's Red Sox lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays and left-hander David Price. Both David Ortiz and J.D. Drew will have the night off, with Jason Bay returning to the lineup after missing two games due to hamstring cramps:
 
RED SOX
 
Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Martinez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Bay, LF
Lowell, DH
Baldelli, RF
Varitek, C
Lowrie, SS
 
SP -- Penny
 
RAYS
 
Bartlett, SS
Crawford, LF
Longoria, 3B
Zobrist, 2B
Burrell, DH
Pena, 1B
Upton, CF
Kapler, LF
Hernandez, C
 
SP -- Price


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