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07/26/2009 - 5:39pm
Smoltz: 'My stuff is not done'

Red Sox starter John Smoltz admitted that his level of frustration has become extremely high over the course of his time with the Red Sox. On Sunday, he matched a season high by permitting six runs, something that he did in his last outing against Texas on July 20. This marks just the fourth time in his career that he has allowed six or more runs in consecutive outings, and the first since he did so in starts on July 15 and July 20, 1997.
 
Even so, Smoltz suggested that he has not given any thought to giving up in his comeback bid. The pitcher evaluated his stuff - a 92-93 mph fastball and very effective slider - and concluded that he has the tools to succeed.
 
"From what I’ve seen, my stuff is not done. My results might put me in a category where (people) are going to talk about it...I’m trying to stop the storylines, trying to stop the talk, because it’s an odd place to come in and try to be effective...

07/26/2009 - 4:30pm
Farrell: Smoltz won't be skipped in rotation

After John Smoltz allowed six runs in five innings in a 6-2 loss to the Orioles that saw the Red Sox starter's record fall to 1-4 with a 7.04 ERA, the 42-year-old suggested that his stuff is good enough to allow him to perform to expectations. Pitching coach John Farrell said that Smoltz' problem has just been mislocated pitches, primarily his fastball. Farrell went on to say that the team had no plans to skip Smoltz in the rotation to allow him to iron out his approach.
 
"At this point, that’s not even being considered," said Farrell. "If there was a drop-off physically just through either naked eye or what velocities are telling us, that would be a different situation. But that’s not the case. You look at the amount of swing-and-miss he’s able to generate, yet because of the consistency of command, he’s frustrated."
 
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07/26/2009 - 3:14pm
O's snap 11-game skid at Fenway

Nick Markakis homered and drove in three runs and the Orioles touched up John Smoltz for six runs and nine hits over five innings as the Orioles beat the Red Sox, 6-2, at Fenway Park. The Orioles had lost 11 straight in Boston before breaking through on Sunday. David Hernandez retired the first nine Boston batters and allowed just five hits over seven innings in leading the Orioles to victory. 


07/26/2009 - 2:58pm
Report: Chung reports for start of camp

According to a report on Boston.com, Patriots’ second-round pick Patrick Chung is at Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon, the first day rookies are required to report to training camp. The 5-foot, 11-inch, 212-pound safety was taken No. 34 overall in the 2009 draft, and has apparently come to terms on a deal with New England. The team’s veteran reporting date is Wednesday, with the first full-squad practices set for Thursday. For more Patriots' news, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is."
 


07/26/2009 - 1:41pm
Report: Padres G.M. Towers unlikely to deal Gonzalez

San Diego G.M. Kevin Towers told mlb.com that he's received a "ton of calls" about All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and closer Heath Bell, he downplayed the likelihood that the team would deal either player. Towers suggested that a deal for either player would have to be "the right kind of deal," and suggested that deals for lesser Padres players such as Kevin Kouzmanoff and Kevin Correia are more likely. Clearly, the Padres are in no hurry to deal either Gonzalez or Bell, something that Towers seemed to imply in suggesting that the calls he receives now will form a useful basis for offseason conversations.


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