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Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz will sit Tuesday against Athletics 04.23.13 at 3:21 pm ET
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David Ortiz, who went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk on Monday but appeared to hobble from home to second and then from second to home on a Mike Napoli double in the second inning, is out of the Red Sox lineup against the A’s and Bartolo Colon on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. However, it’s worth noting that Ortiz has struggled in his career against Colon, hitting just .130 with a .200 OBP and .217 slugging mark in 50 career plate appearances against him. With Ortiz out of the lineup, Jonny Gomes (.385/.429/1.000 against Colon) is slated to serve as DH.

RED SOX LINEUP
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Daniel Nava, LF
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Jonny Gomes, DH
Stephen Drew, SS

Alfredo Aceves, SP

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski backs David Ortiz profanity 04.21.13 at 7:17 am ET
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In a tweet from the verified account of the US Federal Communications Commission, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski — whose agency was left to deal with the fallout when a profanity used by David Ortiz during a moving pregame ceremony at Fenway Park aired on both local and national television networks — expressed support for the slugger.

In his brief remarks prior to Saturday’s game against the Royals, Ortiz said, ‘€œAll right. All right Boston. This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’€™t say Red Sox. It says Boston. We want to thank you Mayor [Thomas] Menino, Governor [Deval] Patrick, the whole police department for the great job they did this past week. This is our [expletive] city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.’€

After the game, Ortiz said that his remarks were not premeditated, and apologized if anyone took offense to his heartfelt expression.

“It just came out. It just came out, man. It just came out,” he said. “If I offended anybody, I apologize, but I feel like this town needs to be pumped. It seems like that was it.”

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Yankees set to pay tribute to Boston Tuesday night 04.16.13 at 4:48 pm ET
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The Yankees announced Tuesday that they will pay tribute to the victims of Monday’s bombings at the Marathon with a nod to Fenway tradition.

At the end of the third inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium, they will play “Sweet Caroline,” co-opting the Fenway singalong for one evening. The song will follow a moment of silence for the victims of the two blasts on Monday.

The team issued a statement via Twitter, along with a picture:

Tim Wakefield named Red Sox special assignment instructor 04.12.13 at 4:27 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced Friday that longtime knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is rejoining the organization as a special assignment instructor and honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation. Wakefield, 46, played 17 of 19 major league seasons with the Red Sox, earning 186 wins with Boston, the third most in franchise history. Below is the full press release from the Red Sox:

BOSTON, MA — Tim Wakefield, whose knuckleball flummoxed Red Sox opponents for 17 years and who helped the club win World Championships in 2004 and 2007, returned to the organization today as Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation and as a Special Assignment Instructor in the club’s baseball operations.

Wakefield, who announced his retirement from baseball in February 2012, was among the most devoted Red Sox ever in community service.  Major League Baseball awarded the Roberto Clemente Award, its highest honor in that area, to him in 2010. In that same year, the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) named a Red Sox community service award in his honor. The award is given annually to a player or individual who best exemplifies Wakefield’s charitable spirit.

With the foundation, Wakefield will bring his vast experience to a variety of areas, including fundraising events, community service days, and the personal visits that characterized his community commitment throughout his career.

On the field, Wakefield will handle specific instructional assignments for General Manager Ben Cherington and his staff.

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John Farrell: David Ortiz still on track to return mid-April 04.10.13 at 3:32 pm ET
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Making his weekly appearance with “Salk & Holley” Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Wednesday will mark the final day in extended spring training for designated hitter David Ortiz, and that depending on how his rehab assignment proceeds while at Pawtucket, he could be back in Boston on a permanent basis somewhere between the 15th and 19th of this month.

“[Wednesday] is his last day in extended spring training, so he’ll begin that rehab assignment [Thursday] with Pawtucket,” Farrell said Wednesday. “That’s the plan as of right now, and there’s no reason to think we would deviate from that. Then, it’s a matter of how many at-bats does David feel he’s the most comfortable with — 20 or 30? I think we’re still in that time range we mentioned, somewhere in mid-April. Whether that’s the 15th to the 19th, somewhere in there. I think that’s a realistic target.

“But we’re going to go off of David. The most important thing is that he feels good. I think he’s kind of gotten over the hump when it comes to the intensity when it comes to running the bases, the way he’s swinging the bat. He’s in a pretty good place right now, all things considered.”

Here are some more highlights from the Q&A:

on roster situations — Stephen Drew is back?

“He is. He’s starting at shortstop tonight. A corresponding move — we did option Jose Iglesias back to Pawtucket. I will say that meeting with Jose yesterday to let him know the move that taking place, he handled it like a pro. I think in his heart of hearts, he believes he’s a major league player, which … as the first week unfolded, he did a tremendous job for us defensively. He swung the bat well coming off a sold spring training. So he goes back to Pawtucket I think with a boost in confidence, for sure. We know tat we have — in the event of a need, we have a guy we can call upon to play shortstop every day for us. John Lackey has also been placed on the disabled list. When we put a ball in his hand yesterday and started to play catch, he felt some tightness still in the biceps. Not knowing how much time he’ll be needed, we did put him on the DL and recalled Alex Wilson to take his spot in the bullpen. And Alfredo Aceves will start in place of John Lackey tomorrow night against Baltimore.”
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Red Sox live blog: Clay Buchholz takes hill in home opener against Orioles 04.08.13 at 2:01 pm ET
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Red Sox lineup: David Ross gets start behind the plate in Ryan Dempster’s first start with Red Sox 04.04.13 at 3:56 pm ET
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In Ryan Dempster‘s first start with the Red Sox Thursday night against the Yankees in New York, catcher David Ross will get his first career start behind the plate for Boston. In addition, Jonny Gomes is at designated hitter, a night after Daniel Nava was in the lineup at DH against New York.

The following is the Red Sox’ complete lineup, which will go against New York lefty Andy Pettitte.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes DH
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. LF
David Ross C
Jose Iglesias SS
Ryan Dempster P

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Opening Day live blog: Red Sox, Jon Lester kick off season in Yankee Stadium 04.01.13 at 11:35 am ET
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Photos: 2013 Red Sox spring training 03.16.13 at 11:15 am ET
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WEEI has been in Fort Myers, Fla. covering the Red Sox for over a month as the team prepares for the 2013 season. Click here or on the image below to see a photo gallery of our spring training coverage.

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Report: Bobby Valentine slated to become new Sacred Heart athletics director 02.22.13 at 4:32 am ET
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According to the Connecticut Post, former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is expected to be named the new athletics director at Sacred Heart University Tuesday.

Valentine, who reportedly interviewed for the position in January, told the paper when contacted, “An intriguing opportunity has been presented to me and it’s something I really feel I can enjoy doing and I feel could be mutually beneficial.”

The Stamford, Conn. native was slated to co-host a show on NBC Radio, which was scheduled to be begin in April.

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