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Join Rob Bradford for Red Sox live chat, noon 07.18.13 at 7:34 am ET
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WEEI.com site editor/Red Sox writer Rob Bradford will be answering your Red Sox questions as the team heads into an important late-July stretch leading into the non-waiver trade deadline. You can also listen to Bradford and WEEI.com Red Sox writer Alex Speier talk trades and the state of the Sox Thursday night at 6 p.m. during the ‘Trade Deadline Show’ on WEEI.

Get your questions in for Rob now, with chat kicking off at noon:

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Red Sox lineup: Shane Victorino remains in right field; Brock Holt at third base 07.13.13 at 6:03 pm ET
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Despite being hampered by a hamstring injury, Shane Victorino is back in the lineup for the Red Sox, playing right field and batting second against Oakland right-hander A.J. Griffin.

David Ortiz has had the most success against Griffin among Red Sox hitters, going 3-for-6 with a home run, and will be hitting cleanup. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has totaled the most plate appearances vs. the A’s starter (8).

Brock Holt continues to get the starts at third base against right-handed pitching, hitting .316 in his 22 plate appearances.

The following is the Red Sox lineup with Jon Lester on the mound for the visitors:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Shane Victorino RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Mike Napoli 1B

Daniel Nava LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Jose Iglesias SS

Brock Holt 3B

John Farrell: Clay Buchholz return set for June 25 06.19.13 at 3:15 pm ET
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In his weekly appearance on “Salk & Holley,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday the target date for the return of righty Clay Buchholz is June 25th when the team returns home to face the Rockies.

“We had planned [Tuesday] to have it be the defining moment for his roster status. He threw long toss between games. He did get on the mound for an abbreviated bullpen,” Farrell said of Buchholz, who is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA this season before going on the disabled list earlier this month. “He feels improved over previous throwing sessions, the flat-ground work that he’s done.

“But when we looked at the previous days missed, what we felt comfortable with in terms of the throwing needed to get back to have him be able to go five, six, hopefully seven innings on Saturday, we felt like it was a little too short in total numbers of days, and when you factor in rest period, throwing sessions. So we can retroactive his DL status and make him available on the 24th, which is Monday. We’re off, so that game we open up home against Colorado, he’s eligible to start that. That gives us the ability to do a little bit of a [simulated] game Friday or Saturday over in Detroit. And probably gets him in a better place physically to walk out and start a big-league game.”

Farrell said that when it comes to Buchholz and his health, the Red Sox can’t be too careful, adding that he rejects the idea that the righty might be “fragile.”

“This was the question about Jacoby Ellsbury: Is he fragile? You know, body types are different. And you have to respond to how they are handling the workload based on their position and what’s a strength in their game,” Farrell said. “We always take a position of putting a player in the best position to succeed, and in a pitchers’ case, whenever you’re doing it with anything around the shoulder or neck area, you just can’t jeopardize anything. Clay is dealing with something that’s been nagging him for a little bit of time now. And he’s doing whatever he could. He missed the one start, came back in New York, threw well, pitched well against the Angels. Unfortunately, with an awkward throw on a line drive back through the middle he felt some spasms in the neck again, so we have to respond accordingly.”
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The Red Sox draft day podcast with Ben Cherington, Amiel Sawdaye, Keith Law and Gabe Kapler 06.06.13 at 11:04 am ET
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Trying to make sense of the forthcoming 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft? Look no further.

Alex Speier’s Minor Details podcast previews the 2013 Red Sox draft, with an emphasis on the team’s first-round pick (at No. 7 overall, the highest the club has selected since 1993). Featured on the show: Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye discuss the Sox’ approach and process at No. 7, ESPN draft guru Keith Law evaluates the candidates whom the Sox are focused on at that pick and former major league outfielder Gabe Kapler — who was taken in the 57th round of the 1995 draft — discusses the inexact science of the draft and considers whether an NFL-style combine would yield improvements to the process.

To listen to the complete podcast, click here.

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John Farrell: Decision on DL stint for Jacoby Ellsbury coming soon 06.05.13 at 3:11 pm ET
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In his weekly sitdown with “Salk & Holley,” Red Sox manager John Farrell hinted the team is getting closer to making a decision on whether or not outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury could be placed on the disabled list, and also talked about a potential platoon on the left side of the infield.

Ellsbury, who isn’t in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Rangers, could be placed on the 15-day DL later this week if his health doesn’t improve.

“Jacoby, while he’s not in the lineup again tonight, he’s making progress,” Farrell said. “With Jacoby’s situation, as we used with Shane [Victorino] before, when we get past that halfway mark with what the 15-day DL would have been like, or span, ten we start to seriously consider the DL. And that day is coming — it’s Thursday or Friday of this week. if he’s not ready to go, we’ve probably got to take a look at a roster move in that situation.”

Farrell did say that there’s been improvement in Ellsbury’s health since he went down with the groin injury.

“He suffered a pretty good strain in the groin on that fifth stolen base,” Farrell said of the May 31 game when Ellsbury set a team-record with five steals in a game against the Phillies. “And after the game that night, we ended up busing up to New York overnight. It continued to get more stiff and more painful. It’s a legitimate deal he’s dealing with. And yet, he’s making improvement. He did get out and run yesterday on the outfield — very controlled. Not the 80 to 90 percent that you’d like to see before considering getting him back in the lineup. While progress is being made, he still needs a a little bit of time.

“Any time you lose a player to injury, it’s always disappointing, particularly the way in Jake’s case he really started to turn the corner,” Farrell added. “You look at two road-trips ago when we finished up in Chicago, he was starting to get on base multiple times a game. He continued on the home stand. He took over that game in terms of getting on base — the last game that he played — getting on base and the stolen bases that he was able to successfully swipe. he was back to that dynamic leadoff guy we know him for. And you know what? He’s out of the lineup. But we’re finding a way to plug guys in and are doing an excellent job. You know, the depth of this team is really starting to show by the performances of a number of individuals.”

Farrell defended Ellsbury, saying he “definitely” considers the outfielder a tough player.

“You have to keep in mind that the things he’s suffering are legitimate,” Farrell said. “Broken bones and torn muscles, those are things that take away from a player’s game. Everyone is going to point to, ‘Well, Dustin Pedroia can play with the injured thumb that he went through.’ Every player is different. In Jake’s own right, and in defense of Jake, he has suffered legitimate things that he’s dealing with. And the fact is, a lot of his game is based on speed and it’s based on range in the outfield, and when your groin or your legs are involved, it’s going to take away from it.”
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Red Sox Lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury Out Again 06.04.13 at 3:20 pm ET
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Jacoby Ellsbury will be out again for a third straight game due to groin soreness when the Red Sox take on the Rangers in the teams’ series opener Tuesday at Fenway Park. Daniel Nava will fill-in once again at the top of the Sox’ batting order, hitting leadoff. The Red Sox will face right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm (5-3, 3.93), while right-hander Ryan Dempter (2-6, 4.45) will toe the rubber for the Red Sox.

Here is the Sox’ lineup:

Daniel Nava RF

Mike Carp LF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Mike Napoli 1B

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Stephen Drew SS

Jose Iglesias 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Ryan Dempster P

For all the matchups, click here.

Red Sox issue statement regarding apparent suicide on John Henry’s yacht 06.03.13 at 4:05 pm ET
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Late Monday afternoon, the Red Sox issued the following statement regarding an incident on the yacht of owner John Henry earlier in the day:

“Earlier today, a crew member on the vessel, M/Y Iroquois, apparently took his life aboard the vessel docked at 30 Rowes Wharf. Mr. Henry and the members of the Boston Red Sox are saddened by the news and send deepest condolences to his family.

“Apparently only crew members were on board the vessel when the incident occurred.”

Report: Police investigating apparent suicide on John Henry’s yacht 06.03.13 at 2:09 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, Boston police are investigating an apparent suicide that took place aboard the yacht of Red Sox owner John Henry. Boston.com is reporting that firefighters and police were called around noon to Henry’s yacht regarding a medical emergency, and they discovered a man between the ages of 28 and 30 who was in cardiac arrest. Officials made attempts to revive the individual, but he was later pronounced dead.

Red Sox lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury out, Clay Buchholz back on bump for Red Sox Sunday night 06.02.13 at 3:47 pm ET
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Righty Clay Buchholz returns to the hill for Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees in New York, while Jacoby Ellsbury will miss his third straight game:

Daniel Nava, LF
Mike Carp, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Stephen Drew, SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Jose Iglesias, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Clay Buchholz, SP

For a complete look at Sunday’s matchups, click here.

John Farrell offers updates on health of Shane Victorino, David Ross 05.22.13 at 3:33 pm ET
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Red Sox manager John Farrell gave a heath update on outfielder Shane Victorino, infielder Stephen Drew and catcher David Ross on Wednesday

“Shane is not in the lineup again tonight, but he’s gaining mobility,” Farrell told WEEI. “The soreness that he felt the other night after he came out of the game continues to subside, so he’s moving in the right direction, and hopefully, he’s back in our lineup soon.

“My view is it’s always going to be a game or two, and hopefully, that will be the case. I think the thing we have to balance here, as everyone well knows, is that over the past three weeks, it’s been on-again, off-again, and we need to continue to factor that in and not look to risk anything where, again, we’re looking at a day-to-day situation. I’m not saying the DL is imminent, but the fact is that he’s better today than he was two nights ago, which is all good news.

“Stephen Drew is back playing every day. He jarred the back on that headfirst slide on the double back in Minnesota. He is doing good there,” Farrell added. “David Ross, we’re hopeful he will be in Portland tomorrow to get some at-bats and … we’ll just have to go through the normal protocol with MLB when it comes to concussions. So there’s some lengthy paperwork as you might expect to get that taken care of. But we’re hopeful that he’ll be back for us during the Cleveland series.”

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