Tarpinian joins McCourty, others in practice absence

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Tarpinian joins McCourty, others in practice absence

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian joined those among the missing from Patriots practice on Friday.

Also missing from practice -- which Bill Belichick said feels like a Thursday because of the upcoming Monday night tilt -- were the same three players missing from Wednesday's walkthrough and Thursday's practice: Devin McCourty (shoulder), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee), linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb).

"It's a little more positive every day," said Belichick on the trio. "They're getting there."

Here's the full practice participation report for the Patriots from Friday:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Brandon Spikes (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), CB Devin McCourty (shoulder), LB Jeff Tarpinian (illness).

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Patrick Chung (foot), CB Kyle Arrington (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), DE Shaun Ellis (rib), RB Kevin Faulk (knee), LB Gary Guyton (shoulder), WR Taylor Price (hamstring), WR Wes Welker (knee), RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), LB Jerod Mayo (knee), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), OT Nate Solder (concussion), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), G Brian Waters (knee).

Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

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Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

Clay Buchholz hopes ot lead off the afternoon game better than his last start, where he game up a home run and double to leadoff the game against Chicago.

The righty has a career 4.10 ERA against Texas in 41.2 innings pitched against Texas with a 1-5 record.

Unfortunately for Boston, Buchholz is even worse at Globe Life Park. The righty is 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in 21.2 at the Rangers home field.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz DH
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Ryan LaMarre LF
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Clay Buchholz RHP

RANGERS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Bryan Holaday C
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Martin Perez LHP