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Farrell: Ross, Middlebooks ‘day-to-day’ after Tuesday collision 05.08.13 at 3:06 pm ET
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In his weekly appearance with WEEI’s “Salk & Holley,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday afternoon that both catcher David Ross and third baseman Will Middlebrooks are “day-to-day” after their collision Tuesday night, but neither player appears to be the victim of a long-term injury.

“Both guys are day-to-day,” Farrell said. “David Ross has come in today much improved. There’s still some swelling. He’s walking and able to get down in a catchers’ stance or crouch without any discomfort — or I should say much less discomfort than he had when he came out of the game (Tuesday) night. He’s not in the lineup today — it’s just to give him another day of recovery for that. Will Middlebrooks, he’s sore on the right side with those ribs. He’s day-to-day. He’s out of the lineup today as well. But I know Will has fought it a little but — he wants to be in the lineup, but it’s more precautionary than anything. He’s still a little sore. He went down to swing in the cage off the tee a little bit, some soft toss. He does feel it. But as far as the tests, the CT scan and all of that, there’s no fractures, which is a positive. But we have to let this slow down a little bit.”

Farrell said Middlebrooks is feeling it the most in his right side.

“The right rib cage,” he said. “Basically, when they slid and collided (Tuesday) night, Will slid on his left side and almost got a little bit of whiplash when he slammed into the wall. Thankfully, it’s padded, but still, he got banged up pretty good. In general, we’re a little nicked up right now in a few areas, both in the relief corps, as we’ve seen in the transactions over the last couple of days, and then, (Tuesday) night’s collision. But it doesn’t look to be long term, and both guys are day-to-day.

“I had to go back and look at the replay, because from our vantage point, you’re eye level is about ground level, standing in the dugout, and all you see is two guys coming together at full speed and then you hear some impact of the wall — you don’t know what’s taking place,” he added. “With David Ross’s situation, when he slid, the shin guard kind of peeled back a little bit because of the lining on it and it exposed the quad area — the lower left quad area, just above the kneecap — and that’s where the impact took place. Again, stability tests were all fine with him. His knee is solid. It’s just that he has a pretty good, deep bruise going on right now.”

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Red Sox lineup: Jonny Gomes, David Ross in lineup Tuesday against Twins 05.07.13 at 3:18 pm ET
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Here’s a look at the lineup for the Red Sox‘ Tuesday night game against the Twins:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross, C
Ryan Dempster, P

For a complete look at the matchups, click here.

Andrew Bailey to DL, Craig Breslow activated 05.06.13 at 4:10 pm ET
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After an MRI confirmed tendinitis in the right biceps of Andrew Bailey, the Red Sox place the closer on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 29).

“It is what we thought it was,” said Bailey, who, while frustrated by another trip to the DL, described his absence as “a little blip on the radar.”

Bailey, who has a 1.46 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings, suggested that he will rest for a couple of days, and seemed optimistic that, given the absence of structural damage in his throwing arm, he would be back when eligible to return (he’s eligible to come off the DL on May 14, an off-day).

In Bailey’s absence, left-hander Craig Breslow will be activated from the disabled list, where he’d resided all year due to shoulder inflammation.

Reliever Andrew Bailey set for exam and MRI; DL possible 05.05.13 at 2:07 pm ET
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Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey will have an exam and an MRI after sitting for roughly a week because of what is being called biceps soreness. Manager John Farrell was asked Sunday if it was possible the righty would have to go on the disabled list, and Farrell said the team would likely “have more information on that that” when the team returns to Boston.

“He’€™s got an exam scheduled for tomorrow morning, as much to give him some peace of mind in what he’€™s dealing with, because it’€™s in that last 10 percent of intensity where he feels some of the symptoms he’€™s going through,” Farrell told reporters in Texas. “For our own information and his peace of mind, we’€™ve got to get that looked at thoroughly.’€

In 13 games this season, Bailey is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA and has converted five saves in six chances in 12 1/3 innings of work. He last pitched April 28 against Houston, meaning that if he were to land on the DL, his stint could be backdated to April 29 — with Sunday marking the seventh day of a potential stint on the 15-day DL.

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Dennis Eckersley tells Jack Morris to ‘zip it’ over Clay Buchholz accusations 05.02.13 at 11:17 pm ET
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NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley took umbrage to comments by Blue Jays broadcaster Jack Morris in which the career 254-game winner suggested that Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had been doctoring the baseball with a substance on his left forearm. During Thursday night’s broadcast on SportsNet of the Sox-Jays game, Morris reportedly expounded on comments by former Jays pitcher Dirk Hayhurst that Buchholz had used an illegal substance.

Eckersley became incensed about Morris’ accusations, noting that it would be impossible for Buchholz to command his arsenal in such dominating fashion if he were using an illegal substance on the ball.

“I was upset during the game when we found out what was happening with Jack Morris, and the more I saw it, the more I started thinking about it, it made me more and more angry about Jack Morris. To me, that’s clueless on his part,” Eckersley said on NESN. “If he knew anything about Buchholz, he knows how nasty he is. His ball doesn’t dance all over the place. The guy paints. He’s got nasty stuff. [Morris] should know that, and he’s gotten carried away. It becomes about Jack Morris almost.

“Where’s Jack Morris been all these years, anyway?” Eckersley continued. “He finally gets a job up there in Toronto and he has to make statements like that and take away from what this kid has done? I think it’s wrong. He’s pitched long enough to know. Guys, you talk about stick-’em, whatever that is, pine tar. He knows that you go to something if you’re sweaty just to get a grip. It’s all about a grip. You saw the comment — that guy [Hayhurst] backed off a little bit, saying maybe it’s rosin, maybe it’s this, but if you just watch the game, you know: the ball disappears on you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clay Buchholz named AL Pitcher of the Month 05.02.13 at 4:59 pm ET
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Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz was voted American League Pitcher of the Month for April, it was announced Thursday.

Buchholz compiled a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.19 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 13 walks in 37.2 innings pitched over five starts to help the Red Sox match the all-time club record with 18 wins in April (also 1998 and 2003) and close out the inaugural month with the best record in the majors at 18-8.

This is his second career Pitcher of the Month Award, previously accomplishing the honor for August 2010. Among qualifying starters in the A.L. (minimum 36.0 innings), Buchholz finished tied for first in wins, was second in ERA, was fifth in opponent batting average (.192), was tied for seventh in strikeouts and was tied for eighth in innings pitched.

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Curt Schilling: Most players don’t care if a teammate is gay 04.30.13 at 4:17 pm ET
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In the wake of Jason Collins‘ announcement on Monday, former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling was asked Tuesday about the idea of playing alongside a gay teammate.

“How other people want to live their life, that’s their choice,” said Schilling while appearing with WEEI’s “Salk & Holley” Tuesday afternoon. “I played with gay players. I played against gay players. For me, the litmus test is: Can you drive in runs? Can you get an out in the eighth inning? I don’t care who you’re sleeping with, unless it’s my wife. I don’t care. And I would tell you I think most players don’t care.

“I’m glad and sad that this had to happen. I commend him for being the first guy to do it,” he added. “[But] we live in a world of unbelievable double standards. How many lesbian athletes do we know of? Many. Do we care? No. We’ve never cared. Why is a gay man so different?”

Schilling acknowledged he didn’t always feel this way, and added that baseball is occasionally more problematic.

“I would be naive — I think I would be lying, if I said there was probably a time in my career when I wouldn’t have been comfortable, where it would have been awkward,” he said. “Becoming a father, I think, changed everything for me, because the first thing that goes through my head is, That’s somebody’s son. Don’t you always do this? Go back and say, ‘What if that was my kid?'”

“I played with some guys who were gay who didn’t come out. And when I think back to those clubhouses, it was probably a wise decision that they didn’t, because the places they were and where I was, it would have been awkward.”

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:

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