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08/08/2009 - 7:55am
Report: Sox made 'big play' for Scutaro at deadline

According to a report in the Boston Herald, the Red Sox made "a big play" in an effort to acquire Blue Jays shortstop Marco Scutaro prior to the July 31 deadline for making trades that did not require waivers. But, according to the report (which cited a major-league source), the Jays decided to keep their team relatively intact and pulled Scutaro off the market once they determined that they would not trade Roy Halladay.


08/08/2009 - 12:06am
A-Rod's walk-off sinks Sox in 15th

Alex Rodriguez launched a two-out, two-run home run over the left field wall against reliever Junichi Tazawa in the 15th inning, giving the Yankees a 2-0 win over the Red Sox, Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Tazawa was making his major league debut and was in his second inning of work when Rodriguez went deep. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett teamed with five New York relievers to hold Red Sox hitters to just four hits. Sox starter Josh Beckett went seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing four hits. Hideki Okajima, Daniel Bard, Ramon Ramirez, Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen, Takashi Saito and Tazawa teamed for 7 2/3 innings of scoreless relief before the Rodriguez home run. It marked the first time the Red Sox and Yankees went into extra innings with a scoreless tie since 1976. The Yankees now lead the Red Sox by 4 1/2 games in the American League East.


08/07/2009 - 8:37pm
Byrd is 'three weeks away' from pitching for Sox

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein revealed on Friday afternoon that the newly signed Paul Byrd is roughly three weeks away from potentially pitching in Boston. Byrd been throwing and working out all season expecting a big league call in June or July, but had stopped throwing two weeks prior to inking a minor league deal with Boston. The 38-year-old Byrd promptly resumed his throwing regimen and tossed a pair of innings against a college baseball team before reporting to Fort Myers on Friday for team-supervised workouts. The three week timetable for Byrd also coincides with the Sept. 1 date that Major League rosters expand beyond 25 players. "He reported to Fort Myers (on Friday) and threw," said Epstein. "He's got some work to do to get into game condition and to get his arm into shape. He's probably about three weeks away from being able to help."


08/07/2009 - 8:03pm
Ortiz will conduct Saturday press conference at 12:30 p.m.

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and at least one representative from the MLB Players Association have locked in a 12:30 p.m. press conference time Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium to discuss in greater detail the 2003 performance-enhancing drug test that Ortiz reportedly failed. Ortiz has dodged media questions for more than a week following a New York Times report that he was one of the 104 big league ballplayers who failed an anonymous drug test in 2003. Ortiz has asked for more time to gather more information about the failed test, but it's unknown exactly what details he'll be disclosing on Saturday.


08/07/2009 - 4:38pm
Red Sox do not have waiver claim on Alex Rios

NEW YORK - Though ESPN's Buster Olney has reported that a team has claimed Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios off of waivers, WEEI.com has learned that the Red Sox are not the team to claim him. Rios is hitting .261 with a .728 OPS. He is in the second season of a seven-year, $69.8 million contract.


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