DETROIT -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that left-handers Rich Hill and Andrew Miller, both of whom have opened the year on the disabled list, will start minor league rehab assignments tonight in Single-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League. That, in turn, will begin the 30-day rehab clock for both pitchers, with Hill working his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last June 9, and Miller working his way back from a hamstring strain he suffered in spring training.
Hill, 32, has made 15 scoreless appearances in his career with the Red Sox, including nine last season before he blew out his elbow on June 1. The left-hander has had a rehab process without any hiccups to date, and impressed the Sox enough with the advanced state of his recovery to be added to the 40-man roster (after signing a minor league deal with the team that included an early-March opt-out) in late-February.
Miller, meanwhile, was enjoying a strong spring...
DETROIT -- For the first time since last July 24-25, the Red Sox will feature the same lineup in back-to-back games. The Sox will feature the same lineup on Saturday that they used on Opening Day, when they suffered a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Jacoby Ellsbury will lead off, David Ortiz will hit cleanup and Ryan Sweeney (2-for-7 with two walks and a double against Tigers starter Doug Fister) will bat sixth.
Josh Beckett will make his first start of 2012, and faces no restrictions after seeing two doctors about discomfort in his right thumb earlier this week. The right-hander went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA last year, and had a 0.95 ERA in Grapefruit League action this spring.
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, the current holder of the single season save percentage record, that he has no problem with Blues No. 2 goalie Brian Elliott potentially breaking the record.
Thomas had a .939 save percentage last season, playing in 57 as the team's No. 1 goalie throughout the season. He faced 1,811 shots, 1,035 of which came against teams that would go on to make the playoffs. Elliott has started only 35 games, compared to fellow St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak's 45 starts. Elliott has seen 679 shots from teams set to make the playoffs, but he currently has a .943 save percentage.
“If I figured it was going to be broken, it would have to be broken that way,” Thomas told WEEI.com Friday. “If you play over 50 games compared to 37, it's going to get a lot tougher. But that's OK. That's cool. He's had a great year.”
In order to qualify for to be a single-season save percentage leader, a...
DETROIT -- Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, in a conference call to discuss the right thumb injury and subsequent surgery that will keep him out for the first half of the 2012 season, expressed his frustration with what he described as a "freak injury." Bailey said that he thought nothing of it when he had a minor collision and subsequent fall in a game against the Pirates on March 21.
However, over the coming days, he felt pain building in his thumb to the point where he couldn't grip the ball for a long toss session after a 1 2/3 innings minor league appearance on March 28. He also started feeling pain and weakness in ordinary day-to-day activities such as when he held a shampoo bottle.
"I had trouble gripping the baseball and there was a lot of pain involved," said Bailey. "That’s when I was really like, OK, we’ve got to get on top of this thing. It was obviously too late by then."
Bailey said that...
Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid both missed Friday's practice at TD Garden. All other players with the exception of Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask were present.
B's coach Claude Julien said both Boychuk and McQuaid remain day-to-day. Boychuk has a mild sprained knee and McQuaid left Thursday's game after feeling discomfort around his swollen eye.
"We're being overcautious right now," Julien said, adding that the Bruins are being careful to "head into the playoffs as healthy as we can be."
As for Horton (concussion) and Rask (abdomen strain/groin strain), Julien said Horton is still not close to returning but that Rask could join the team in practice next week.
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Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
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Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
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Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
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ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.
The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.
ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.
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