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MLB wants to meet with Wells over comments

Sox pitcher was asked to fly to New York to meet with baseball commissioner

Major League sources indicated today that suspended Sox pitcher David Wells has been asked to fly to New York for a personal meeting with commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the comments Wells made about Selig on Monday after learning that his six-game suspension had been upheld.

Wells came to Fenway Park this afternoon before the media was allowed in, and left before the media arrived. Sox manager Terry Francona said Wells did his work and appeared calmer than he was Monday, when he criticized Selig in a rambling press conference not only for the suspension, but for the commissioner's handling of the steroid issue and the All-Star Game.

Wells was waiting to hear from the Players Association on whether he was required to attend such a meeting with Selig. Word on that is expected later this evening.

Late Monday night, the Red Sox issued a statement apologizing to Major League Baseball for Wells's comments, though the statement was strongly requested by the league office.

The letter from MLB affirming David Wells’s suspension, with “my boy Bud” scribbled on it, was taken down from his locker today.

  • Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon was injured when he was hit on the hand last night and will miss at least tonight’s game. “He’s not playing tonight,” said manager Terry Francona. “He called me and wanted to play, which I greatly appreciated, but didn’t allow it. We’ll take this night and let him regroup.”

  • Manny Delcarmen was recalled today to replace lefthander Abe Alvarez. Delcarmen is going to go back down to Pawtucket after tonight’s game but the team did not announce another roster move to replace him. Whoever is on the team at the end of the day tomorrow is eligible for postseason play.

  • Newly claimed pitcher Chad Harville is going to join the team on Thursday. “He’s got a great arm,” said Sox general manager Theo Epstein. “He brings velocity to the table, a mid-90’s fastball with a hard slider that can be a good pitch for him at times.”

  • Theo Epstein confirmed that Portland Sea Dogs reliever Craig Hansen has been shut down for 5-10 days going back to last Friday when he last pitched. Sometime in the next six days Hansen will start playing catch and then will get back on the mound to throw. The Sox will then determine if it’s a case of dead arm and will decide if Hansen should be shut down for the rest of the year.

  • Sox starter Curt Schilling enters tonight’s game with 2,797 career strikeouts. He is three shy of becoming the 18th pitcher in history to record 2,800 career punchouts, and he needs seven K’s to move past Cy Young into 17th place on the all-time list. Schilling ranks fifth in career strikeouts among active pitchers.

  • Last night was the seventh time this season that David Ortiz hit two homers in a game and the 16th time in three seasons with the Sox. Only Jimmie Foxx has had more multi-homer games in a single season for the Red Sox (10 in 1938).

  • The Red Sox have played the fewest home games of any team in baseball, but are a major league-best 41-19 (.683) at home this season. The Sox lead the majors with an average of 6.5 runs per home game.

  • Tonight’s lineup

    1. Graffanino 2B

    2. Renteria SS

    3. Ortiz DH

    4. Ramirez LF

    5. Varitek C

    6. Millar 1B

    7. Nixon RF

    8. Mueller 3B

    9. Kapler CF

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