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06/08/2011 - 5:33pm
Jenks to DL, Exposito recalled

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox have placed reliever Bobby Jenks on the DL with a back injury and have recalled catcher Luis Exposito from Triple-A Pawtucket.

"It's [back injury] just from pitching," said Jenks, who left the Tuesday's game after throwing just four pitches in the seventh inning and had an MRI Wednesday. "It's literally a muscle that's about this big, and I tore it a bunch of years ago. It's one of those things that just comes and goes every now and then. It's on my left side, right behind my left [scapula]."

With Jarrod Saltalamacchia out for Wednesday's game with an illness, the Sox had only one healthy catcher (Jason Varitek) on the roster before adding the 24-year-old Exposito, who is batting .223 in 33 games with Pawtucket.

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06/08/2011 - 3:36pm
Lineups: Varitek in to catch Wakefield

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox look to continue their 2011 domination of the Yankees on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. The Sox (34-26) beat the Yankees (33-25) by a final of 6-4 on Tuesday, the sixth win in seven games vs. New York this season.

Tim Wakefield (2-1, 4.40) will get the start for the Sox. Wakefield has a record of 11-17 with an ERA of 4.90 in 56 career appearances against the Yankees. A.J. Burnett (6-3, 3.86) will start for the Yankees.

Lineup:

Ellsbury, CF

Pedroia, 2B

Gonzalez, 1B

Youkilis, 3B

Ortiz, DH

Crawford, LF

Scutaro, SS

Drew, RF

Varitek, C

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06/08/2011 - 3:23pm
Francona: Ortiz 'can handle himself'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined The Big Show for his weekly chat and touched on a number of subjects including the health of Clay Buchholz and Bobby Jenks, how Jonathan Papelbon's impending suspension affects the team, as well as the impact of David Ortiz's bat flip after he hit a home run in the Sox' 6-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday, which drew the ire of Yankee manager Joe Girardi.

"I don't think it matters. We've got [Tim Wakefield] going. He'll handle it," Francona joked. "David's a big boy. He can handle himself. I don't know if there's any difference in somebody hitting a home run and looking in their dugout and waving or something like that. David's a big boy he can handle himself."

Asked about unwritten baseball rules, Francona responded, "I don't know about the unwritten rules. I think the people who are writing these rules aren't in the game. I don't know who's writing them. I think there a lot of...

06/08/2011 - 2:54pm
Melrose on M&M: Not a dirty hit on Horton

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to talk about the Stanley Cup finals and Wednesday night's Game 4.

Asked if he would be sitting with the Green Men at the game, Melrose joked: "I stay away from the Green Men. I can’t even believe they got into the country. I’m a little embarrassed about letting those guys in."

He added: "We keep al-Qaida out, but we let these two guys in? What’s that all about?"

Melrose said that the finger-taunting in Game 3 has helped made this series an exciting one. However, it may come back to bite Boston in Game 4.

"I think [Alexandre] Burrows should’ve been suspended," Melrose said. "I said that from Day 1. I think that if he would’ve been suspended that would’ve put away the finger crap. But I like the finger stuff. I thought it was funny. I had some fun with it. It’...

06/08/2011 - 2:08pm
Gammons on M&M: Yankees might retaliate

Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox, who started a three-game series in New York with a 6-4 victory over the Yankees Tuesday night.

Jon Lester got the win, but he did not look overpowering. Said Gammons: "It's a tough period in overthrowing. I think at times, he's reaching back so much that he's getting his delivery out of whack early on. When he rocks back, sometimes he rocks back so far he just gets out of that delivery. And also I also think at times, he's become so cutter happy. Rather than thinking about being able to use all four of his pitches, I think he's trying to become too much of a power guy and overthrows, then throws that cutter, cutter, cutter.

"But the good thing is that he hasn't been losing while he's been in this period. I was thinking about this last night, watching him. He never gives in. And that may be part of his personality. He is so...

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