BOSTON (AP) - A day after remaking their lineup with a series of blockbuster deadline trades, the Red Sox open a series at Fenway tonight against the New York Yankees. Anthony Renaudo is set to make his major league debut on the mound for Boston tonight, with John Lackey dealt to St. Louis. The Yankees will start left-hander Chris Capuano.
BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox GM Ben Cherington says the team's string of major trades included an all-nighter for him and about 15 other staffers Wednesday night -- including scouts and owners. Cherington tells the Boston Herald they subsisted on "a lot of coffee." In the end, the Red Sox pulled off four deals involving 11 players -- with pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey among those sent elsewhere.
BOSTON (AP) - With Stephen Drew's trade to the Yankees yesterday, the look of Boston's infield appears set to get a makeover. Xander Bogaerts will move back to shortstop while Will Middlebrooks will compete to get his starting third base job back. GM Ben Cherington says Middlebrooks will be activated from the DL in time for tonight's game against New York.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jon Lester will make his debut for his new team, the Oakland Athletics, on Saturday. The A's did some juggling of their rotation after trading for Lester Thursday. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) is now a Red Sox outfielder as part of the deal but even so, the A's plan to go ahead with their Cespedes La Potencia T-shirt promotion Saturday.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Connecticut Sun are in Texas to take on the San Antonio Stars, the second stop in a key three-game road trip. The Sun lost in Atlanta on Tuesday, 89-80, for their eleventh loss in their last 13 games to put them at 10-17 -- last in the WNBA's Eastern Conference.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Former Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. The 6-foot-3 Bayless played for both Boston and Memphis last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games. He signed for two years at $3 million a season.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) - More than 6,000 runners and more spectators are expected at tomorrow's annual TD Beach to Beacon road race tomorrow in Maine. The field for the 10K race includes Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee) and Shalane Flanagan. Keflezighi in April became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983.
NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) - The Pan-Mass Challenge is off and running today, with participants riding 12 different routes this weekend along 360 miles of roadway to raise money for the fight against cancer. The ride is expected to raise $40 million.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-1) at Boston (Renaudo 0-0), 7:10 p.m.
Connecticut at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
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