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07/05/2012 - 11:15pm
Crawford cites racial slur after rehab outing

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Carl Crawford came away from his third rehab game with the Portland Sea Dogs encouraged, having finished his outing against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats going 1-for-4 with a triple.

But one negative stood out for Crawford, who referenced a fan who heckled the outfielder to the point where it was mentioned after Thursday night's game.

"[That guy] actually called me a racial slur to begin the game with,” Crawford said when asked about a fan who had been noticeably vocal in his criticism of the Sox outfielder. “He was the only one I had a problem with. People in Boston don’t even do that so I don’t even know what that was about.

“I can understand why people can be upset about me signing my contract and me having the kind of year I had. I understand. They love their team and they want you to produce when you signed the contract like that. I can’t get mad at them. All I can do is just...

07/05/2012 - 10:19pm
Source: Pedroia likely to go on disabled list

According to a major league source, Dustin Pedroia likely will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injury to his right thumb that is in a different area than the torn adductor muscle that made the second baseman miss six games in early June.

Pedroia sat out Wednesday's series finale in Oakland after sustaining what he termed an injury to the back side of his right thumb the night before. He underwent tests in Boston Thursday, at which time it was determined the injury would necessitate a trip to the disabled list.

According to another major league source, surgery will not be required, with the source expecting that Pedroia will be ready to return at the conclusion of his disabled list clock (approximately July 19).

The Red Sox will make a corresponding roster move prior to their Friday night game against the Yankees.

Pedroia is hitting .266 with a .726 OPS this season. Since coming back from the initial injury, the infielder...

07/05/2012 - 10:18pm
Lucchino: Sox want Ortiz to retire with Sox

In response to David Ortiz's comments in USA Today that it was "humiliating" to be taken to the brink of salary arbitration by the Red Sox before settling for a one-year, $14.575 million deal for 2012, Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino said that the Red Sox hope to retain the slugger for the duration of his career, but that he would not address specifics regarding the kinds of offers the team will make to the newest member of the 400-homer club.

"We love and respect David Ortiz. He is part of the heart and soul of this team and this franchise, and we want him to play his entire remaining career with the Boston Red Sox. He has carried this 2012 team with his performance and leadership," Lucchino wrote in an e-mail. "His latest 4th of July accomplishment of 400 home runs is but another reminder of his greatness and Hall of Fame worthiness.

"Beyond that strongly-held sentiment," Lucchino added, "it would be...

07/05/2012 - 10:13pm
Bard hits two batters, umpire

Daniel Bard, pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket against the Twins' Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, submitted perhaps his worst outing since being sent to the minors after struggling in the Red Sox rotation. Summoned with runners on second and third and none out, Bard retired none of the four batters he faced, hitting one batter, allowing a two-run double to center, hitting a second batter, uncorking two wild pitches and then finally giving up an RBI single. He threw just eight of 20 pitches for strikes. One of his pitches was so high that it tipped off the catcher's mitt and ended up hitting the home plate umpire.

In 13 1/3 innings in the minors, Bard has issued 10 walks, hit six batters and thrown six wild pitches. His Triple-A ERA is 8.78. Opponents have a .435 OBP against him.

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07/05/2012 - 5:17pm
Crawford, Sweeney in Sea Dogs lineup

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jacoby Ellsbury did not make the trip with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs for their Thursday night game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Ellsbury, who is rehabbing from a dislocated right shoulder, has a scheduled day off and tweeted that he’s "looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow."

Carl Crawford and Ryan Sweeney did make the trip, however, and will both start in their respective rehab stints. Crawford will start in left field and bat first in the order while Sweeney will bat third as the designated hitter. Sweeney will be making his first rehab start since injuring the big toe on his left foot that forced him to the 15-day disabled list on June 27.

They’ll both go up against Fisher Cats right-hander Fernando Hernandez. Crawford is 5-for-20 in seven combined games between Portland and the Gulf Coast League since beginning rehab from left wrist surgery.

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