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04/20/2012 - 8:21pm
Ortiz on Sox' slow start: 'I'm frustrated'

Following the Red Sox' 6-2 loss to the Yankees Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, David Ortiz expressed that the Sox need to have some sense of urgency despite the season being just 13 games old.

"We have the talent, we just need to execute. I'm not going to spend the whole season thinking about the talent that we got," Ortiz said. "We have to start winning games. I know that in everybody's mind it's the beginning of the season, but what is it going to take until July for us to start winning? We need to step up, do something different and make things happen."

Ortiz, who hit his second home run of the season, said that despite the fact it is the third straight season the Red Sox have gotten off to a slow start, there is no feeling of comfort heading into the latter portion of April.

"I'm frustrated," he said. "It's been a while. I'm used to winning. I can't remember the last time we lost four games in a row...

04/20/2012 - 6:35pm
Birthday bashed: Yanks bomb Sox

Eric Chavez led a home run barrage with two long balls while Alex Rodriguez, Russell Martin and Nick Swisher also went deep as Clay Buchholz was hammered in a 6-2 Yankees victory, spoiling the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. After winning three straight to open the home stand, the Red Sox lost their fourth straight and fell to 4-9 on the season. 

Ideal conditions of sunshine and 75 degrees provided the backdrop as the Red Sox welcomed back over 200 former players in their original uniforms for a 40-minute pregame ceremony. All of the players took their original positions in the field and were joined by those in the lineup for Friday's game. 

After a stirring national anthem from the Boston Pops, the game got off to an ominous start as Dustin Pedroia appeared to lose Derek Jeter's pop fly to shallow right field in the sun and dropped the ball at the last moment. Jeter came around to score on an RBI single from Rodriguez....

04/20/2012 - 1:11pm
Canseco to play for Worcester Can-Am team

Former Red Sox slugger Jose Canseco is in Boston for Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration, but he had another announcement Friday. The 47-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League.

"I am very much looking forward to putting on a uniform and competing on a professional level again this year," Canseco said in a team-issued statement. "I love the game of baseball. I am particularly grateful to the Worcester Tornadoes for embracing me and having the confidence in me to help the team win."

A six-time All-Star, Canseco is best known for his years with the A's in the 1980s and early '90s. He was the 1986 American League Rookie of the Year and the 1988 AL MVP, and he finished his 17-year career with 462 home runs. He last played in the majors leagues with the White Sox in 2001, following stints with the Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Devil Rays and Yankees.

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04/20/2012 - 12:45pm
Mo Vaughn: Boston 'made me play better'

Former Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn, at Fenway Park for Friday's 100th anniversary celebration, stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni and talked about how much he missed playing in Boston in the final few years of his career.

Vaughn, the 1995 American League MVP, left Boston as a free agent after the 1998 season, after eight seasons with the Red Sox. He famously suffered a badly sprained ankle on the first play of his first game with the Angels when he slipped on the visiting dugout steps chasing a foul ball, and his overall statistics never duplicated those he produced in Boston. He was traded to the Mets after the 2001 season and finished his career in 2003 in New York.

"I got hurt that first play in the dugout I never was the same," he said. "I think I really did miss the intense pressure of this area. I think it made me play better. It made me go. I enjoyed it. I took it on full-fledged. Definitely, leaving here was not good...

04/20/2012 - 12:24pm
Matsuzaka to start rehab assignment

Daisuke Matsuzaka's unimpeded progress in recovering from Tommy John surgery last June is ready for the next step. The right-hander will start a rehab assignment with Salem of the High-A Carolina League on Monday, and he will have a pitch limit of roughly 75 (up from the 59 he threw in his last extended spring training outing).

"Daisuke feels really good," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation."

Valentine said that Matsuzaka will still face controlled competition, meaning that he won't be allowed to throw 30 pitches in an inning. However, the outing will start a progression of approximately five starts after which Matsuzaka could be ready or nearly ready to return to the big leagues. The right-hander will face a 30-day rehab clock, meaning that he could be pitching again in the majors by the end of May, less than a year after his surgery.

Matsuzaka is 49-30...

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