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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.

To read the entire report, click here.

Pedro Martinez on Big Show: ‘Sad’ that potential Hall of Famers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens ‘did something wrong’ 01.24.13 at 11:56 pm ET
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Three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez, in an interview on WEEI’s Big Show to discuss his hiring by the Red Sox as a special assistant to the GM, was asked for his reaction to the idea that some of his most dominating contemporaries — players like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa who have been connected to performance-enhancing drugs — were not elected to the Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility.

“It makes me sad to see that such names in baseball did not get elected the way they should have because of different situations that they faced in their careers,” said Martinez. “Those are people that I admired, that I respected, that I competed against and it’€™s sad that they couldn’€™t quite see the end of their career finish up the way that everybody expected. At the same time, everybody has to carry the responsibility that they have the best way possible. Everybody is going to be held accountable for the things that we do.

“I respect the way the writers go about their business. My duty was to perform the best way possible. I did it. I did it clean. I’€™m not saying anybody else did it, because I didn’€™t see them, but obviously the writers that have the right to vote must have big reasons why they didn’€™t vote. It’€™s actually sad for baseball to see that probably some of the biggest players ever in the history of the game could not be elected because they did something wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Ben Cherington on D&C: ‘We’re a strong, deep team’ 01.24.13 at 10:16 am ET
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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday. Cherington was asked for his thoughts on former Sox manager Terry Francona’s book, which is at times critical of Sox ownership, particularly over the final season of Francona’s tenure.

“It seems to me the best history is written with some distance in the rear-view mirror,” Cherington said. “At some point people will look back at the period between 2004 and 2011 and it will go down as the greatest period in Red Sox history. And except for the players — the [Jason] Variteks, [Dustin] Pedroias, [David] Ortizes and [Curt] Schillings of the world — the five people who had more to do with that than anyone else was John [Henry], Tom [Werner], Larry [Lucchino], Theo [Epstein] and Tito. It seems to me, at some point, those five people will be seen in the appropriate light.”

The book details a meeting in 2010 that included Henry, Werner, Lucchino and Francona. In that meeting, Werner complained about declining TV ratings and said the team needed to win in “more exciting fashion.” Cherington, who said he has not read the book, was quick to defend the ownership group.

“The first priority, the absolute first priority, definitely including John, Tom and Larry, is to win. That’s what drives us,” Cherington said. “The first priority will always be to win and be aggressive toward winning, and that’s up to us in baseball operations to sort of manage that in a way to make good decisions, and we’ve made our fair share of mistakes and we learned from some of those mistakes. That said, any business is trying to be as good as it possibly can be and in every conceivable area. And part of that for the Red Sox is to understand our fans and what they are looking for, and there’s things we are looking for to give them what they want.”

In November of 2010, members of the Sox front office and ownership met at Fenway to look at results of a $100,000 marketing research project the team had commissioned the previous July. In the Francona book, Epstein was critical of the results, which suggested the Sox needed to add “reality-TV aspects of the game and good-looking stars,” and said the signing of Carl Crawford and trade for Adrian Gonzalez were in direct response to the study. Cherington, part of the front office at the time, was asked if this was an accurate portrayal.

“I’ll agree to disagree with Theo on this one,” Cherington said. “But if any way it contributed to poor baseball decisions it’s on us in baseball ops and it’s also on ownership for because we work together to manage the demands in Boston and manage the pressure to win and do it in a way that allows us to have success in Boston year after year.”

As for the 2013 Red Sox, Cherington concedes that perhaps the team hasn’t made any huge splashes in the free agent market, but the general manager said this team can contend in the AL East.

“Maybe we didn’t make the one headline move or haven’t to this point, I think a lot of our heavy lifting is done, but I do think we’ve added strength to a lot of different areas to the roster, a lot of areas we had holes in, I think in aggregate we feel pretty good that we’re a strong, deep team with a chance to be deep in a lot of areas to match up with anyone,” Cherington said. “We think this is a team that will be very competitive, going to contend and match up with any team in the AL East. “

To hear the interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

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Reports: Craig Breslow agrees to two-year deal with Red Sox 01.19.13 at 9:32 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Red Sox reached an agreement (pending a physical) with left-hander Craig Breslow on a two-year deal that includes an option for a third year. Breslow, who was eligible for salary arbitration in 2013 — his final year under team control before reaching free agency, receives a guaranteed $6.25 million with the chance to earn as much as $10.15 million over three years, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, who first reported the deal (via twitter).

Breslow, 32, was re-acquired by the Sox at the trade deadline in a trade that sent right-hander Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik to the Diamondbacks. The left-hander had a 2.70 ERA, 19 strikeouts and nine walks in 23 games (20 innings) with the Sox, continuing a strong five-year run in the big leagues that commenced in 2008, when the Indians claimed him off waivers from the Sox. In that time, he’s gone 15-15 with a 3.01 ERA while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings and walking 3.4 batters per nine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vote: Do PED users belong in the Hall of Fame? 01.09.13 at 3:48 pm ET
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The Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not elect a single eligible player to Cooperstown in voting results revealed Wednesday, the eighth time in history and first since 1996 that no player has been elected. While Craig Biggio and Jack Morris came relatively close to election, suspected steroid users such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens fell well short of the 75 percent threshold for admission to the Hall of Fame.

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Hot Stove: Rays, David Price avoid arbitration with 1-year deal 01.02.13 at 9:40 am ET
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According to multiple reports, the Rays and left-hander David Price — the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner — avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the deal will pay Price $10.1 million in 2013. Price, who is arbitration eligible for the second time but remains three years from free agency, more than doubled his 2012 salary of $4.35 million. The 27-year-old went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 211 innings, leading the American League in wins and ERA.

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Hot Stove: Eric Chavez to sign with Diamondbacks 12.05.12 at 2:42 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Diamondbacks and infielder Eric Chavez have agreed to terms, with Jack Magruder of FoxSportsArizona.com tweeting that the contract is for one year and $3 million.

The Red Sox were believed to have interest in the soon-to-be 35-year-old, who hit .281/.348/.496 with 16 homers and 37 RBI last season for the Yankees.

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