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Sat, 04/17/2010 - 4:12pm  

Red Sox pre-game notes

- Terry Francona confirmed prior to the conclusion of Friday night's game that Mike Cameron, who has not played since Wednesday, will return to the lineup in the second game. Cameron missed time due to a kidney stone, which has since passed. 

 

- Francona talked about the Rays' incessant base-stealing against Red Sox, saying "There's going to be guys like (Carl) Crawford -- some guys you can't stop. If we stop the guys we're supposed to stop, we're going to be OK."

 

- Should the Sox not score in the bottom of the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon will continue the game if he is available. In case he isn't -- a likelihood given that his wife is expecting the couple's second child today -- Daniel Bard will be called upon. 

 

- Francona defended David Ortiz, saying, "He's still getting into deep counts. I think there are some times he's still in between a little bit."

 

- The tarp has been on the field all afternoon, though there hasn't been much chatter of potential for a delay. 




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