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The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees open the second half with a three-game series at Fenway Park tonight. Here are the pitching matchups:
Today: LHP Felix Doubront (6-3, 3.91) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (7-6, 4.39), 7:10 p.m., NESN.
Tomorrow: RHP John Lackey (7-6, 2.78) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-6, 2.65), 4:05 p.m., FOX.
Sunday: LHP Jon Lester (8-6, 4.58), vs. LHP CC Sabathia (9-8, 4.07) 8:05 p.m., ESPN.
RHP Clay Buchholz originally was scheduled to throw yesterday but he has been shut down for the time being and will be re-examined today. ... SS Stephen Drew was the DH in a rehab assignment for the Portland Sea Dogs last night. The plan is for him to play six innings at shortstop today for Portland and be back with the Boston Red Sox tomorrow.
HERNANDEZ STICKERS REMOVED
More companies are distancing themselves from former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged with murder. This following was written on ESPN.com:
“A representative with trading card and memorabilia company Panini confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday morning that the company painstakingly removed Hernandez stickers from 500,000 of its sticker books, which were already produced but had yet to hit the shelves.
“The company has produced 1 million stickers of new Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow ... to fill the spot.”
QB RIPS TEBOW
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed just 58.8 percent of his passes last year and threw 12 touchdowns to seven interceptions. But he doesn’t think he’s as bad as one Patriot backup QB.
“It’s not like I’m Tim Tebow and have terrible mechanics,” Mettenberger told reporters at SEC Media Days, according to reports.
Hamilton’s Michael Carter-Williams, a rookie for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaged 13.6 points per game in five Summer League contests. He shot 27 from the floor and 16 percent from 3-point range. He also converted 76 percent of his free throws.
Boston first-round pick Kelly Olynyk was more efficient. He averaged 18.0 ppg in five Summer League contests. He 58 percent from the floor, 23 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the foul line.
GARIN’S BRO TO VISIT LOWELL
Portland Sea Dogs third baseman Garin Cecchini, one of the top prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization, has a long-named brother Gavin Glenn Christopher Joseph Cecchini who was drafted 12th overall by the New York Mets in 2012.
Gavin is playing for the Short Season-A Brooklyn Cyclones who will play against the Spinners in Lowell next Tuesday through Thursday.
Garin Cecchini, meanwhile, entered yesterday batting .341 with a .449 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage and .949 OPS in 22 games since his promotion from Single-A Salem.
Salem Red Sox pitchers Henry Owens, Matty Ott and Matt Price combined for a no-hitter Wednesday against Frederick. Salem won 6-0.
Owens went 6.0 innings and walked four while striking out 10. Ott went the next 2.0 innings, striking out two. Price pitched the final inning, allowing one walk and striking out two.