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Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia leading off; Daniel Nava starts at first base 04.16.14 at 4:11 pm ET
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With left-hander John Danks on the mound for the White Sox, the Red Sox send out a lineup with Dustin Pedroia hitting leadoff. It’s Pedroia’s first start since Saturday (due to a sore left wrist), with the second baseman having pinch-run for Mike Napoli Tuesday night.

With Napoli out of the lineup, Daniel Nava gets the start at first base. Moving up in the order is shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who will hit second. The Red Sox have yet to score a first inning run this season.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup:

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Jonny Gomes RF

Grady Sizemore LF

A.J. Pierzynski C

Daniel Nava 1B

Ryan Roberts 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Clay Buchholz P

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John Farrell on Dale & Holley: No fracture/ligament issues for Mike Napoli; Dustin Pedroia to lead off 04.16.14 at 2:44 pm ET
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Appearing on Wednesday’s Dale & Holley show, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Mike Napoli, who injured his left ring finger while sliding head-first into second base Tuesday night, is still day-to-day. Farrell noted Napoli‘s finger has no fracture or ligament issues and will be day-to-day (sitting out Wednesday night’s game) while he waits for the swelling to go down.

Farrell also said Dustin Pedroia, who hadn’t started since Saturday due to a sore left wrist, will be in the leadoff spot Wednesday night. Pedroia underwent a cortisone shot Monday and re-appeared in the ninth inning Tuesday when pinch-running for Napoli.

Koji Uehara was scheduled to throw a bullpen Wednesday, with Farrell saying the closer continues to progress from a sore right shoulder.

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Where has it gone wrong for Red Sox? 04.16.14 at 11:37 am ET
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It has been a frustrating season for Red Sox manager John Farrell thus far. (AP)

It has been a frustrating season for Red Sox manager John Farrell thus far. (AP)

The popular line coming out of spring training was that the only really hiccup throughout the 1 1/2 months of getting ready for the regular season could be traced to a fishing knife.

Ironically, the owners of the little bit of drama in Fort Myers — Jake Peavy and his cut finger — have been the least of the Red Sox‘ worries during their 5-9 start. Peavy has been the team’s best pitcher to date, compiling a 1.93 ERA over his first three starts.

But almost immediately this year, concerns started cropping up. While injuries — starting with Shane Victorino‘s hamstring pull the last day of spring training — will be the main focus when trying to identify the issues, there have been plenty of images through the first two weeks of games this year that were never seen during the march to a title in 2013.

So, besides injuries, what else exactly is wrong with the world champs?


Problem: It is true that a leadoff hitter will only be guaranteed one occasion per game in which he kicks off an inning. But there is something to be said for setting the tone. No tone has been set for these Red Sox. Without Jacoby Ellsbury, they wanted to prioritize their leadoff hitter getting on base. That hasn’t happened. The hitters atop the lineup have a combined .292 on-base percentage, fourth worst in the majors. They have scored just five runs, the majors’ second-fewest. And get this: The Red Sox are the only team in baseball that hasn’t scored a run in the first inning this season.

Also of note: Not only does the Red Sox leadoff spot have the second-worst OPS in baseball, but it’s also where their No. 2 hitters rank (.496).

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Mike Napoli’s bent finger turns out to be just dislocated, not broken 04.16.14 at 12:44 am ET
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The Red Sox seemingly escaped another potential huge setback when it was determined Mike Napoli‘€™s left ring finger was dislocated and not broken.

Napoli hurt the finger sliding head first into second base while advancing on a wild pitch in the ninth inning of what would be a 2-1 Red Sox loss to the White Sox in Chicago.

“It’€™s not broke,” he told reporters. “I can play with some soreness. We’€™ll see how it feels tomorrow.

He added, “I saw my finger sideways. The first thing I thought was, I don’€™t really know what to think. But I’ve seen people with dislocated fingers before. They pop it back in, be sore.”

At the time, it appeared as though Napoli had made an important baserunning decision, getting into scoring position with the game tied at 1-1. He would immediately be pinch run for by Dustin Pedroia, who was stranded after a Mike Carp ground out.

“Good dirt ball read like that, I mean, God dang,” Napoli said. “I was digging myself. I look at my finger, frigging sideways. But it’€™s good news it’€™s not broken.”

Napoli also told reporters, “I know I hit the bag pretty hard and I looked down and it was right there in front of my face. [Umpire] Jim Joyce was going, ‘€˜Oh my God!’€™ and calling for the trainer. It’€™ll be all right.”

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Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts’ throwing error hands White Sox win over Red Sox 04.15.14 at 11:54 pm ET
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A cold night got much colder by the end of the evening for the Red Sox.

With two outs in the ninth inning, Xander Bogaerts one-hopped what appeared to be a routine throw to first on a Marcus Semien grounder. First baseman Mike Carp failed to dig the ball out, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score the winning run all the way from second, handing the White Sox a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on a frigid Tuesday night in Chicago.

“Yeah, I mean, cold weather, but that’€™s no excuse for that play,” Bogaerts told reporters. “That’€™s  a ball I should’ve thrown right in the chest to him, or more in the zone.”

The final pitch was thrown by reliever Chris Capuano, who appeared to have struck out Semien the pitch before on a checked swing on a 2-2 fastball. The Red Sox lefty had come on with one out and Ramirez on first, with Burke Badenhop having allowed a single to the White Sox shortstop.

Making matters worst for the Red Sox was that Mike Napoli dislocated his left ring finger sliding head first into second base in the ninth inning. The first baseman was advancing to second on a wild pitch. He was immediately replaced by Dustin Pedroia, walking off the field with Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson.

“It’€™s not broke,” Napoli told reporters. “I can play with some soreness. We’€™ll see how it feels tomorrow.

He added, “I saw my finger sideways. The first thing I thought was, I don’€™t really know what to think. But I’ve seen people with dislocated fingers before. They pop it back in, be sore.”

Here is what went wrong (and right) for the Red Sox.


– Red Sox starter Jake Peavy‘s only miscue came to former teammate Adam Dunn, who pulled a 92 mph fastball from the pitcher over the right-field fence to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

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Source: Dustin Pedroia expected to avoid disabled list 04.14.14 at 3:39 pm ET
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According to an industry source, an examination of the injured left wrist of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Monday revealed that the 30-year-old was not suffering from a fracture. He is thus expected to avoid a trip to the disabled list.

Pedroia was a late scratch from Sunday’s game due to increasing soreness and discomfort over the course of the week following a play against the Brewers in which the second baseman was wiped out on a double play pivot. Pedroia is just 3-for-27 with five strikeouts since the Brewers series, and he’s hitting .236/.236/.291 for the season. A year after playing in a career-high 160 games — in a season where he spent the entire year playing with a torn ligament in his thumb — Pedroia had played in all 12 Red Sox games this year until the wrist injury forced him out of the lineup on Sunday.

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David Ortiz spoofed on ‘Saturday Night Live’ 04.14.14 at 6:54 am ET
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Check it out, starting at the 1:50 mark.

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