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Rangers, Tigers Cool on Lowell

Boston Red SoxFrom Gordon Edes,

Mike Lowell is doing his part in trying to prove he could be a useful piece to another club, collecting four hits in a game Saturday night and batting .357 (5 for 14) overall in the first three games of his rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket.

But the two teams that have shown the most interest in Lowell, the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, appear headed in other directions. The Rangers, who had a scout in Pawtucket for Lowell’s first game, are closing in on a deal with the Marlins for right-handed hitting infielder Jorge Cantu, a major league source said Monday, which would eliminate Lowell from Texas’ list. There are other teams — the Rockies and Giants — also bidding for Cantu, the source said, but he asserted that the Marlins are well down the road with Texas, as long as the commissioner’s office signs off on the financials of the deal.

Meanwhile, the Tigers sent two scouts to Pawtucket, including amateur scouting director David Chadd, who used to hold the same position with Boston. But over the weekend, the Tigers lost two key run producers to injuries, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, both players winding up on the DL. The Tigers are actively looking for bats, but one big league source with direct knowledge of the Tigers’ thinking said it’s unlikely Detroit will deal for Lowell.

Gordon Edes is’s Red Sox reporter. He has covered the Red Sox for 12 years and has reported on baseball for 25 years.

Lowell Follows 4-for-4 Night With 0-for-5

Boston Red SoxFrom

Mike Lowell continued to rehab with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, going 0-for-5 as the designated hitter.

On Saturday, Lowell played first base and went 4-for-4 with three doubles.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been speaking with PawSox manager Torey Lovullo and the reports on Lowell have been good.

“Torey said [Lowell] took a bunch of ground balls at third the other night, and actually looked really good,” Francona said Saturday. “He moved around real well and threw real well.”

The Tigers have expressed interest in acquiring Lowell, a source told’s Joe McDonald.

Papi Gets His Swagger Back

Boston Red SoxWhile sporting a pair of classy red Reeboks, Boston Red Sox DH David “Don’t Call Me Jose” Ortiz won the 2010 All Star Home Run Derby in Anaheim, CA last night. Ortiz cracked 8 home runs in the first round, mostly down the rightfield line. Those home runs moved him into the second round where he faced the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera. Ortiz’s 13 home runs in the semifinals pushed him into the final where he faced off against former Red Sox prospect and current Florida Marlins start Hanley Ramirez. Ortiz easily took care of business, hitting 11 home runs to Ramirez’s 5. Incidentally, Ortiz became the first Boston Red Sox to win the Home Run Derby and tied Bobby Abreu (2005) with the most home runs in the final round (11) since the format change that occurred in 1995.

Papi pops, doesn’t stop until hitting Derby top –
Ortiz tops Marlins’ Ramirez in HR Derby – ESPN
Ortiz a demolition man in derby – Boston Globe
Ortiz Wins Home Run Derby Crown — A Beast As Always – howiGit’s Blog
Love for David Ortiz goes deep – Boston Herald
David Ortiz wins the 2010 Home Run Derby! – Mix 104.1
Big Papi Wins Home Run Derby – 98.5 WNCX Cleveland’s Classic Rock
Big Papi Wins Home Run Derby – Radio 92.3 Cleveland
Home Run Derby 2010 – Sindath’s Blog