MLB Network analyst and former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning.

Millar said that the fact taht CC Sabathia drilled David Ortiz in the fourth inning of Thursday’s 8-3 Red Sox victory in New York was not surprising.

NEW YORK -- Eyes are being opened.

For Carl Crawford, the latest enlightenment was something as simple as putting on the gray "Boston" uniform that turns the dial for Yankee Stadium fans.



NEW YORK -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced following his team's 8-3 win over the Yankees Thursday night that catcher Luis Exposito would be sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket, with reliever Michael Bowden being recalled.

Exposito had been promoted to the big leagues for the first time on Wednesday, after catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was hospitalized with an illness. The 24-year-old backstop, who had been hitting .223 with six homers and a .607 OPS with Pawtucket, didn't see action in either of his games with the Red Sox.

NEW YORK -- For the first time in his career, David Ortiz was hit by a pitch against the Yankees when CC Sabathia plunked the designated hitter in the fourth inning of the Red Sox' 8-3 win over the Yanks Thursday night.

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning against Yankees starter CC Sabathia and reliever David Robertson on the way to an 8-3 win over the Yanks and a sweep of the teams' three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

The victory, which came after a three-hour, 27-minute rain delay, gives the Red Sox a two-game lead over the Yankees in the race for first place in the American League.

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox announced that after being examined by team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill, Dustin Pedroia has been diagnosed with having a bone bruise on his right knee cap. The second baseman will rejoin the team in Toronto Friday.

The Red Sox will start Marco Scutaro at second base and bat him second in the final game of their three-game series with the Yankees on Thursday in New York. Scutaro is in the lineup in place of Dustin Pedroia who returned to Boston to have his knee examined.

The Sox took the first two games of the series and have Josh Beckett on the mound for the finale against Yankee lefty C.C. Sabathia. Here is the rest of the Sox lineup:

Former Red Sox prospect Anthony Rizzo will be added to the roster of the Padres on Thursday and is expected to make his major league debut against the Nationals.

The 21-year-old Rizzo -- acquired by the Padres in the Adrian Gonzalez trade -- was batting .365 with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs for Triple-A Tucson, and his 1.159 OPS led all Pacific Coast League players. 

NEW YORK -- Dustin Pedroia will return to Boston Thursday to have his right knee examined. The ailment has been bothering him since landing on the knee during the Red Sox' game against the Orioles May 16.

The examination will be held at Massachusetts General Hospital and is viewed as precautionary, with the team wanting to ensure that the injury won't get any worse by continuing to play. While it is the same knee Pedroia experienced structural issues with during the 2010 season, the current injury is not related to last season's ailment. 

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox claimed sole possession of first place in the American League East thanks to a 11-6 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. The Sox jumped out to a 7-1 lead after four innings and never looked back.

The Sox put on an offensive show against Yankees starter A.J. Burnett and relievers Boone Logan and Lance Pendleton, managing 11 hits, including home runs by David Ortiz, Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew. Jacoby Ellsbury continued his hot hitting, coming away with three hits, while Marco Scutaro and Crawford each claimed a pair.