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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


08/05/2009 - 2:51pm
NFL officials outline 'The Brady Rule' for Patriots players and staff

FOXBOROUGH - The hit that ended the season of Tom Brady in 2008 and forced the star quarterback to have his left knee reconstructed would be illegal this season under a new clarification by the NFL. Terry McAulay, the referee who officiated Super Bowl XLIII last February in Tampa, was on hand with some officials today in Foxborough to detail how lunging at the knees of a quarterback in the pocket will be penalized 15 yards beginning this season, adding that it's the defender's responsibility to avoid this contact. Last year, in the first game of the season, Kansas City's Bernard Pollard was on the ground but still lunged forward with his helmet banging into Brady's left knee, causing severe ligament damage. For more, visit the football blog at It Is What It Is


08/05/2009 - 1:44pm
Pats push practice back to 4 p.m. Wilfork, Seymour out in AM

FOXBOROUGH - The Patriots will start afternoon practice at 4 p.m. today, 15 minutes later than the original 3:45 start time. The Patriots took defensive lineman Darryl Richard off the physically unable to perform list today and he attended his first practice this morning. Richard's presence helped fill the void left by the absence of three regulars. Richard Seymour and Vince Wilfork, both out healthy, and Ty Warren (PUP) were not at the morning session. Also missing Wednesday morning was Tedy Bruschi. For more, be sure to visit the football blog, It Is What It Is.


08/05/2009 - 12:37pm
Francona on Ortiz situation: 'Nobody on this end is dragging their feet'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit to the Dale & Holley Show (with NESN's Tom Caron sitting in for Dale Arnold), discussed where things stand with regards to David Ortiz' positive test for performance-enhancing substances in 2003. Francona reiterated that patience is necessary, as Ortiz is still seeking information from lawyers and the Major League Baseball Players Association that is necessary before he or Ortiz can comment on the positive test.

 

"We'd love to deal with this and move on. Nobody on this end is dragging their feet...When it's appropriate, we'll deal with it," said Francona. "He doesn't have answers. I don't know how much more explicit I can be...There certainly needs to be answers. I think David is very adamant that he wants answers. When we get answers, we'll go out there and deal with it...There's a lot of things out there that nobody knows. There's not a lack of opinions, but there's...

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