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09/20/2012 - 9:52am
Lucchino: Sox discussed suspending Aceves

Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday. Lucchino was asked if there was any discussion to suspend Alfredo Aceves after the pitcher appeared to show up manager Bobby Valentine last Wednesday after being removed in the sixth inning of a loss to the Yankees. Lucchino was also asked if there was concern the players union might file a protest if Aceves was suspended. 

"Yes and yes. Actually, I should say yes on the first," Lucchino said. "There was discussion about it, but the decision was made that it was not necessary."

Lucchino suggested that no decision had been made regarding Aceves' future in the organization when asked whether he would be a starter or a reliever next year. 

"That's a decision that will be made next spring by whatever team he is with. Maybe he's with us. We'll see. Maybe he's elsewhere. It's a little early to answer that...

09/20/2012 - 8:14am
Mashup: Statistical breakdown of NFL refs

In Thursday's Morning Mashup, we have an unseemly story about Josh Morgan receiving death threats for his unsportsmanlike penalty which hurt the Redskins in their loss to the Rams Sunday, a funny montage of callers trolling Mike Francesa for his napping incident last week, and an interesting statistical breakdown of the replacement officials versus the regular officials.

This is a case where the numbers DO, in fact, lie. CBS Sports has an interesting piece comparing statistics from last season to the current NFL season in terms of replacement refs. The running time of an average game is up, for instance, but only a paltry six minutes. Here are some other notable figures from the story:

•  The average number of penalties per game is down from 15.2 to 14.7.

•  On player safety calls, such as roughing the passer; unnecessary roughness, including hitting defenseless players; and, face-mask or horse-collar...

09/20/2012 - 1:09am
Valentine: Red Sox pitching 'tough to look at'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Following his team's 13-3 loss to the Rays Wednesday night, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine called the Sox' pitching performance, "tough to look at," citing the number of total pitches (173) thrown by the team's pitchers. The Sox' hurlers allowed 13 hits and 10 walks.

The issues for the Red Sox began with starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lasted just three innings while giving up five runs on nine hits. Neither Matsuzaka nor Valentine would commit to the righty making one more start this season.

"We'll see what he's feeling like [Thursday]," said Valentine of Matsuzaka, who dropped to 1-6. "Next time we have an off day, he'll have a little more rest. Maybe that's what's needed this time of year."

"It’s a hard question to answer," the pitcher said through translator Jeff Cutler. "I still haven’t really taken in what happened today so it’s a hard...

09/20/2012 - 12:25am
Ference set to play in Czech in October
By: DJ Bean

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he will go overseas to play for HC Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Extraliga on Oct. 7 if a new collective bargaining agreement between players and the owners is not reached. Ference played in the Extraliga during the 2004-05 season, which was cancelled due to a lockout that spanned the season.  

Tweeted Ference: "Going back to my old team, Ceske Budejovice, on Oct 7 barring any CBA. I'll buy any Bostonian a Budvar [Budweiser] if I see you there."

Ference would become the second Bruin to join the Extraliga for the lockout. Bruins center David Krejci is reportedly set to leave this weekend to play for HC Pardubice. Dennis Seidenberg may also head to Germany to play for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

The owners locked the players out over the...

09/19/2012 - 10:33pm
Red Sox pitchers come undone in loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox succumbed to a seven-run sixth inning on the way to getting beat up by the Rays, 13-3, Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Sox are 4-2 on their current road trip, which concludes with a fourth straight game against Tampa Bay, Thursday.

Sox pitchers had all kinds of problem with the usually weak-hitting Tampa Bay lineup, allowing 13 hits and 10 walks.

The troubles started with the performance of starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gave up five runs on nine hits over three innings. Matsuzaka surrendered two home runs, both coming in the fourth inning when Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Pena each went deep.

The Red Sox' bullpen offered no relief, with Alfredo Aceves coming on and giving four runs on three hits over his two innings. The righty was followed by Daniel Bard, whose struggles continued in the form of 1/3 inning outing in which he walked three, allowed a hit and three runs.

Since Bard's...

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