Matsuzaka scheduled for rehab stint in High-A Salem

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Matsuzaka scheduled for rehab stint in High-A Salem

BOSTON -- Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, making his way back from Tommy John surgery in June, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Salem on Monday.

Daisuke feels really good, said manager Bobby Valentine. The conversation with him is hes ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation. We will still monitor his pitches. He won't have a 30-pitch inning. He says he feels good.

Matsuzaka threw 57 pitches over four scoreless innings, in his last rehab outing, Tuesday in Fort Myers against an Orioles squad. He is expected to throw about 75 on Monday.

Matsuzaka will work on a regular rotation, and is scheduled to make five starts. The Red Sox have 30 days for his rehab assignment .

Matsuzaka is in the sixth year of his six-year, 52 million contract with the Red Sox. He appeared in just eight games, seven starts, in 2011 posting a record of 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA. He made his last start May 16, going 4 13 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and seven walks with two strikeouts, earning a win against the Orioles. He was placed on the disabled list on May 18, and underwent Tommy John surgery on June 10.

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Patriots issue training camp weather advisory for Friday, July 29

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Patriots issue training camp weather advisory for Friday, July 29

You might want to change plans if you were hoping to attend Patriots training camp on Friday morning. The team says there's a chance practice will be moved indoors and closed to the public because of potential thunderstorms.

"The forecast for Friday, July 29 is calling for rain, heavy at times, with a chance of thunderstorms," the release said. "While the team plans on practicing as scheduled from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on the training camp practice fields behind Gillette Stadium, we would like to warn any fans planning to attend that thunderstorms could force the team to practice inside their Empower Field House at a moment’s notice."

If there are updates or changes made to the schedule, they'll be posted on Patriots.com/trainingcamp and on the training camp information line at 508-549-0001.