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04/24/2013 - 6:45pm
Victorino exits game due to injury

Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left his team’s game after the bottom of the sixth injury with an apparent injury. On a groundout to short in the sixth, Victorino could barely muster a jog down the first base line. After he was thrown out, he headed immediately down the tunnel with a team trainer, and the decision was made to remove him from the game for the top of the seventh inning, with Mike Carp entering the game in left field and Daniel Nava moving from left to right.

This represented the second time in five days that Victorino left a game due to injury. He also exited Saturday’s game due to tightness in his lower back, a condition that required him to sit out of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader against the Royals.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI before his exit.

More information will be offered as the nature of Victorino’s injury...

04/24/2013 - 2:34pm
Farrell on Aceves: 'Bottom line is just that'

The timing is … intriguing.

Daniel Bard is back up, having been recalled from Double-A Portland. Alfredo Aceves turned in an awful performance in his third outing as a fill-in for John Lackey, one replete with bad pitches and mental mistakes.

Meanwhile, whereas Aceves seemed like the top candidate to serve as a fill-in starter coming out of spring training (especially with Franklin Morales being injured), the early performance of Allen Webster may have altered the pecking order for Red Sox rotation depth options. Lackey may be ready to return to the rotation as soon as Sunday, while Joel Hanrahan and Craig Breslow...

04/24/2013 - 1:31pm
Olney: Sox would get 'nothing' for Aceves

Buster Olney of ESPN joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about what the Red Sox might do with Alfredo Aceves in light of his mounting issues, and about some of Carl Crawford‘s recent comments about his time in Boston.

Olney said he doubts the Sox would get much, if anything, by trading Aceves, more because of his attitude problems than his pitching.

“I’d be surprised, after he had that incident in spring training, if you guys remember — the live BP session in which he wasn’t giving 100 percent effort,” Olney said. “I asked one general manager, what could you get for him? And he said, ‘Nothing.’ Basically,...

04/24/2013 - 12:45pm
Sox lineup: Ortiz back for series finale vs. A's

After taking Tuesday night off, David Ortiz returns to the lineup for Wednesday’s series-ending game vs. the Athletics at Fenway Park (4:05 start). Ortiz is 6-for-12 in three games since returning from an Achilles tendon injury.

Here’s the Red Sox lineup that will face A’s left-hander Brett Anderson.

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Will Middlebrooks, 3B Stephen Drew, SS David Ross, C

Jon Lester, SP

For the pitching breakdown, click here.


04/24/2013 - 12:20pm
Brickley on MM: B's appear 'very vulnerable'

NESN commentator Andy Brickley joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Bruins’ turnover issues, how their defensive pairings might look in the playoffs and how Milan Lucic has responded to being benched on Saturday.

Brickley said he saw a number of recurring issues in the Bruins’ 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.

“[I was] surprised by the lack of complete-game effort by Boston,” Brickley. “It’s almost an indifference to their game. Not enough meaningful contact, the turnovers were just way too many. And not just by one player or a handful of players — it’s everybody. When they get good penalty-killing, their power play can’t score. When they get a power-play...

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