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08/29/2009 - 9:25pm
Buchholz stymies the Jays, Red Sox hold on, 3-2

Clay Buchholz allowed just two hits and two runs and fell just two outs shy of his third career complete game in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night at Fenway Park. Had he completed the game it would have been his second career shutout and first at Fenway since no-hitting the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 1, 2007. Hideki Okajima allowed a pair of RBI hits in the ninth before Jonathan Papelbon recorded the final two outs for his 32nd save. Jacoby Ellsbury was the offensive star with a double, triple and a run scored. 

08/29/2009 - 7:20pm
Report: Prospect Westmoreland's season over

According to the Providence Journal, Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland's season came (literally) to a crashing halt on Friday when he broke his collarbone while running into a wall while trying to make a catch with Single A Lowell. According to the report, Westmoreland's fractured clavicle will have to be repaired with the surgical insertion of a plate and screws on Tuesday.
Westmoreland had just returned to the outfield after spending most of the season as a DH for the Spinners while recovering from January surgery to repair a torn labrum. The 19-year-old was enjoying a spectacular season, hitting .296 with a .401 OBP and .885 OPS and having been named a New York-Penn League All-Star.
The Journal said that Westmoreland will miss the rest of the regular season as well as Fall Instructional League, but that he should be able to resume normal...

08/29/2009 - 6:41pm
Red Sox acquire outfielder Gathright

The Red Sox made a move to acquire outfielder Joey Gathright from the Orioles in exchange for a player to be named or cash. Gathright, who came up in the Tampa Bay system and was traded from the Cubs to the Orioles earlier this year, was hitting .329 with a .762 OPS for Triple A Norfolk. He is not on Baltimore's 40-man roster, and so he will be assigned to Pawtucket without requiring the Sox to make another more complex roster move. Gathright is known for his speed, and for the fact that media guides have mentioned that he once jumped over a car.

08/29/2009 - 6:06pm
Byrd to start Sunday for Red Sox, team options Tazawa

Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed following Saturday night's win over Toronto that Paul Byrd will make his first start of the season on Sunday against Toronto. Byrd was scratched from a scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox are short a starting pitcher after Tim Wakefield was scratched from his Tuesday start with lower back pain. Byrd is the likely move to start Sunday's game against Toronto.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox recalled righthander reliever Marcus McBeth to provide depth to the bullpen for Saturday's game and optioned righthander Junichi Tazawa to the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. The move to send Tazawa back to the minors is a purely procedural one. Ordinarily, a player must remain in the minors at least 10 days after he is optioned, but since the GCL season ends on Monday, Tazawa can be recalled on Tuesday and remain in the rotation without missing a turn.

08/29/2009 - 4:52pm
Wakefield to miss his next start with lower back pain

Saying that Tim Wakefield's lower back was feeling "miserable," Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced on Saturday that Wakefield will not make his next scheduled start, giving him more time to rest. It is the same pain that cropped up when Wakefield was rehabbing with the team in Texas. Francona also announced that Jon Lester will start on Tuesday night at Tampa Bay because of the uncertain weather conditions and the day off on Monday. If Saturday's game were rained out, Clay Buchholz would start on Sunday against Toronto. 

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