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Wed, 06/17/2009 - 4:16pm  

Red Sox-Marlins pregame notes for Wednesday

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona met with the media before the Red Sox start their series with the Marlins and said the following:

He said J.D. Drew will sit out Wednesday's game with four right-handers coming up. Francona said the Sox simply want a chance to play Baldelli. "[Drew's] shoulder is fine."

On Jacoby Ellsbury's success this month: "We don't tell guys to walk. We tell guys to swing at strikes."

On John Smoltz's downtime before first start: "He wanted that," adding the veteran may throw in multiple side-sessions. "He'll take it and use it to his advantage. If we thought this would hinder him, we wouldn't have done it."

On the 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway: " The best thing we can do in uniform is win games. It can't just be one thing. This ownership group finds ways to make the fans feel appreciated. We're in the midst of a really unique time. We have a very special place. I've never seen any place like this."




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