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04/18/2012 - 2:53pm
Melancon demoted; Tazawa called up

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told The Big Show that reliever Mark Melancon has been demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Junichi Tazawa has been promoted to take Melancon's spot.

Melancon is coming off an appearance Tuesday night in which he allowed six runs on four hits, including three home runs while not recording an out. In his two innings this season, the reliever has allowed 11 runs on 10 hits over two innings over four appearances. 

The righty hasn't been in the minor leagues since 2010, when he appeared in 40 games for the Yankees' Triple-A team in Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

In four games with Pawtucket this season, Tazawa hasn't allowed a run over seven innings, giving up five hits while striking out nine and walking two.

For more Red Sox news, go to team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/18/2012 - 2:36pm
Francona decides to attend ceremony

According to ESPN, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has decided to attend the ceremony celebrating Fenway Park's 100th anniversary. Francona, who originally had said he wouldn't be at Friday's event due to lingering resentment from his departure following the 2011 season, told ESPN he owes it to the fans to show up.

Francona had been quoted in the Boston Globe as saying, "I'm sure they'll have a great event and I was part of a lot of that stuff there, but I just can't go back there and start hugging people and stuff without feeling a little bit hypocritical."

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page weei.com/redsox.


04/18/2012 - 1:47pm
Capitals 'do not understand' suspension
By: DJ Bean

The Capitals released the following statement Wednesday on the suspension of Nicklas Backstrom. The center was suspended for Game 4 after his cross-check to Rich Peverley‘s face at the end of Game 3.

“We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom. This has been a competitive and physical series, and we do not understand why a suspension was imposed in this case while other incidents in this series have not been reviewed. Our singular focus is on Game 4, and we look forward to the energy that our great fans provide.”

For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.


04/18/2012 - 9:45am
Brickley on D&C: 'Hard to defend' dirty hits

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance, this time to discuss the aggressive and often dirty play seen in the NHL playoffs, as well as the state of the Bruins now three games into their series against the Capitals.

After two closely contested games in Boston, which the teams split, the Bruins were able to rebound from a Game 2 double-overtime loss for a win on the road in Game 3. For Brickley, the difference was simply that the Bruins came out harder and more aggressive than they had in the first two contests of the series.

"I think big picture is the fact that they played harder," Brickley said. "They competed harder and they won more battles.

"They were just fully engaged emotionally, mentally and physically. When they play that way, they are the superior team."

The series also took another important and decisive shift in...

04/18/2012 - 9:18am
Remy on D&C: Youk 'just confused' at plate

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, following the Sox' 18-3 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

"This Texas lineup is as good as you're going to see," Remy said. "We saw the Tigers early in the season and they were very tough, but this Texas lineup, there are absolutely no holes in it at all. They showed you last night, if you don't bring your 'A' game to the mound you're going to be in big, big trouble."

Kevin Youkilis struck out in all four of his at-bats Tuesday, in his first game since manager Bobby Valentine made some controversial comments about the third baseman before apologizing. Valentine had questioned Youkilis' mental and physical commitment.

"My take is it was a bad choice of words. I think that Valentine now realizes that," Remy said. "The guy's been away from it a long time, and you've got a learning...

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