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Red Sox reach 600th consecutive sellout 07.18.10 at 4:13 pm ET
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Here is the team’s press release:

With a sellout in this afternoon’€™s game against the Texas Rangers, the fans of Red Sox Nation have reached 600 consecutive regular season sellout games at Fenway Park extending their record of most consecutive sellouts in baseball history.  The previous Major League Baseball record of 455, set by the Cleveland Indians between 1995-2001, was surpassed by Red Sox fans on September 8, 2008.  The record streak began on May 15, 2003, in the second year of the new ownership.

‘€œOn behalf of John Henry, Tom Werner, and our entire organization, I would like to salute the fans of Red Sox Nation who have extended their own all-time Major League Baseball record to an astonishing 600 straight sellout games,’€ said Larry Lucchino, President/CEO.  ‘€œWe congratulate them for achieving this extraordinary milestone and for the passion and dedication they have for the game, for their team, and for their ballpark.  We will continue to work hard to ensure that we are worthy of their loyal and steadfast support.’€

The Red Sox players and coaches recognized the fans of Red Sox Nation for their significant accomplishment by tossing commemorative baseballs into the Fenway Park crowd at the start of Sunday’€™s game.  Ownership, ushers and other staff members also distributed the commemorative baseballs to fans throughout the game.

LONGEST RECORDED REGULAR SEASON SELLOUT STREAKS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

No.     Team                                                  Years
600*   Boston Red Sox                                  2003-2010
455      Cleveland Indians                               1995-2001
203      Colorado Rockies                               1995-1997

LONGEST RECORDED REGULAR SEASON SELLOUT STREAKS IN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS HISTORY

No.     Team                                               Years
744     Portland Trailblazers (NBA)              1977-1995
600*   Boston Red Sox (MLB)                     2003-2010
407     Colorado Avalanche (NHL)              1995-2006

The inning everything changed for the Red Sox 07.17.10 at 12:55 am ET
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So close, yet so far away.

The final score might have ended up with the Rangers running away with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox Friday night, but the teams’ fortunes might have changed dramatically if not for one errant throw.

By the time Josh Hamilton stepped to the plate with one out in the fifth inning Friday night, Felix Doubront was on his way. He had allowed just two first-inning runs while allowing the Red Sox to jump out to a 3-2 lead over the Rangers.

Then things appeared to get even better when Doubront adeptly snagged a line-drive up the middle off the bat of Hamilton. But that’€™s where it went all horribly wrong for the rookie and the Red Sox.

Instead of firing a strike to shortstop Marco Scutaro at second base, to double-up Texas baserunner Michael Young, Doubront hesitated and then tossed the ball into center field, allowing Young to go to third and Vladimir Guerrero to head to second. It was Doubront’s second throwing error of the game.

Doubront doubled over, leading Red Sox manager Terry Francona and head trainer Mike Reinold to immediately head to the mound.

‘€œI was frustrated,’€ the pitcher said. ‘€œI’€™m alright.’€

Even without an injury, Doubront had already come back out to pitch after waiting out an hour rain delay after the completion of the third inning. With the right-handed hitting Nelson Cruz up next, Francona determined it was enough for the lefty.

‘€œI lost energy in the rain delay,’€ noted Doubront, who said he had never come back to pitch after waiting out a rain delay throughout his career.

Fernando Cabrera ‘€“ who had just been promoted from Triple A Pawtucket earlier in the day — came on and proceeded to walk Cruz and David Murphy even the score at 3-3. The 6-foot-4 reliever came back and elevated a slider to Bengie Molina just enough to allow the Texas catcher to launch a grand slam into the center field seats for the game-changer.

If I had the situation again I would have thrown the same pitch. It wasn’€™t like it was a pitch I didn’€™t want to throw, but I know for sure I needed to throw a better pitch. Things happen in the game. But, like I said, if I had the same situation I would throw the same pitch to the same guy.’€

After the game Cabrera said he was told he was to be designated for assignment.

Fernando Cabrera to be designated for assignment 07.17.10 at 12:31 am ET
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For the second straight season reliever Fernando Cabrera will be designated for assignment by the Red Sox, this time the move comes after the right-handed pitcher allowed three runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. Cabrera, who was promoted from Triple A Pawtucket, allowed a fifth-inning grand slam to Texas’ Bengie Molina, breaking open a 3-3 tie and leading the Rangers to an 8-4 win over the Red Sox.

The 28-year-old Cabrera, who had pitched in six games with the Sox in 2009, cleared waivers after being designated last year, ultimately choosing to rejoin the Red Sox. Cabrera was 0-3 with 13 saves and a 3.50 ERA in 30 appearances for the Pawtucket Red Sox before being promoted.

The move will likely pave the way for the activation of reliever Manny Delcarmen, who was deemed ready to come off the 15-day disabled list earlier Friday by Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Francona said after the loss that could be multiple moves announced Saturday.

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Rangers still may be interested in Lowell 07.15.10 at 11:50 pm ET
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According to major league source familiar with the situation, the Texas Rangers continue to monitor the status of Mike Lowell, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his surgically repaired right hip. The source suggests the Rangers may have increased interest in making a deal for Lowell depending on how the market unfolds as the trade deadline draws closer.

The Red Sox and Rangers had agreed to a trade for Lowell — along with $9 million of the $12 million owned the infielder this season — in December before Texas backed out of the deal because of concerns regarding the infielder’s hip.

The Rangers have continued to talk with the Red Sox about Lowell throughout the season. With rookie first baseman Chris Davis hitting just .203 (after going 0-for-3 with a walk Thursday night), and Texas having to include first base prospect Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee trade, there remains a potential need at first for Texas. The source reports the Rangers will continue to explore other trade options before accelerating negotiations for Lowell.

Lowell was out on the Fenway Park field and, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, “took some ground balls, [hit] some balls off the tee and in the cage. He actually felt pretty good. We’re going to start ramping him back up, too.”

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Scan shows Martinez still progressing 07.15.10 at 11:29 pm ET
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After taking a scan Thursday, it was determined that Victor Martinezfractured left thumb hadn’t gotten any worse after there were some concerns that it might have been regressed in some way.

“They wanted to see it had become worse or displaced and it is OK,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona after his team’s 7-2 loss to the Rangers Thursday night at Fenway Park. “He is still very tender. As that tenderness leaves he can do more, but that is where we are at.”

Martinez was relieved the scan indicated he was continuing to take steps forward instead of back.

“It shows it got a lot better,” he said. “I think from this point it’s just seeing how it feels every day. Hopefully I can wake up tomorrow with no pain. I’m just taking it day by day and just seeing how it feels.”

The catcher said he attempted taking swings Thursday, coming away with mixed results.

“I did it today. It was a little rough, but I did it at least,” Martinez said. “I swung the bat from the left side, it was pretty good, pretty normal. It’s pretty hard from the right side.”

Martinez, who went on the 15-day disabled list June 28, still doesn’t have a timetable as to when he might be able to return.

“Hopefully I wake up tomorrow with no pain, that’s the next step,” he explained.

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Michael Young’s side of the Beltre saga 07.15.10 at 8:09 pm ET
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Speaking prior to his team’s series opener with the Red Sox, Texas third baseman Michael Young explained that the entire drama surrounding his unexpected inclusion into the All-Star Game by American League manager surprised him as much as anybody.

“I had like 10 or 15 texts, saying congratulations, ‘Are you on a plane yet?’ Meanwhile I didn’€™t have any missed calls. I’€™ve known [Major League Baseball's] Phyllis [Merhige] for years now, she runs a pretty tight ship over there. It’€™s a pretty well-oiled machine. If something was up, she would have called me right away. The fact that I didn’€™t have any missed calls, I knew something wasn’€™t right.

“I called my agent, asked him to get to the bottom of it. Phyllis called me five minutes later, she explained to me the situation, that there was a miscommunication between her and Joe. She said basically, they were seeing if Adrian was ready to play or not. At that point, Joe also called me, he apologized I told him there was no need for an apology. It didn’€™t disrupt my All-Star break one bit. It’€™s just a classic mixup. I apprecitated their phone calls, but it wasn’€™t necessary.

“Plus, I was happy [Adrian Beltre] got a chance to play. He’€™s having a great first half, and I didn’€™t want an injury to prevent him from getting a chance to play in a game he deserved to be in.”

Young, who has played in six All-Star Games, said the opportunity to stay at his Dallas-area home didn’t bother him at all.

“It didn’€™t disrupt my break one bit,” Young said. “I didn’€™t pack one article of clothing, I never went to the ballpark to get my stuff, I was totally fine. Phyllis sent me a text sometime Monday night telling me Beltre was going to play. So when I went to bed Monday night I was good. So I was like ok, good, I’€™m glad, thanks for keeping me posted.”

Ortiz: ‘I believe I’ll be back (with the Red Sox)’ 07.13.10 at 5:42 pm ET
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — David Ortiz, who told ESPN.com Monday that he would like a multi-year contract after his current deal, told WEEI.com prior to Tuesday’s All-Star Game that he thinks he will return as a member of the Red Sox next season.

“I believe I’ll be back (with the Red Sox),” said Ortiz, whose current deal includes a $12.5 million team option for 2011. “(Expletive) yeah. What should I believe? I’ll tell you one thing, I’m not going to go the Angels. This is too far.”

Ortiz won the Home Run Derby Monday night, and hits the second half hitting .263 with a .945 OPS and 18 home runs. For more coverage from the All-Star Game see the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.

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