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06/24/2011 - 2:45pm
Ortiz not in lineup for Sox

PITTSBURGH -- David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup for the Red Sox as the club begins a three-game interleague series Friday vs. the Pirates at PNC Park. 

Instead it will be Adrian Gonzalez at first base and Mike Cameron in right field for the Sox (44-30). Jon Lester (9-3, 3.70) will be looking to become the first 10-game winner in the majors. He'll be opposed by fellow left-hander Paul Maholm (3-8, 3.29).

Lineup:

Ellsbury, CF

Pedroia, 2B

Gonzalez, 1B

Youkilis, 3B

McDonald, LF

Cameron, RF

Varitek, C

Scutaro, SS

Lester, SP

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06/24/2011 - 1:35pm
Sox call up Atchison, option Bowden

The Red Sox announced that they have recalled right-hander Scott Atchison from Triple-A, with right-hander Michael Bowden having been optioned back to the PawSox during Thursday's off-day.

Atchison, 35, is being called up by the Sox for the third time this year. He has a 4.73 ERA in seven big league games, in which he's struck out nine and walked two in 13 1/3 innings. In 17 minor league games in Pawtucket, he has a 1.39 ERA, 37 strikeouts and three walks in 32 1/3 innings.

Bowden, 24, has a 1.29 ERA during three separate big league callups this year, having allowed one run in seven innings over six games. IN 20 minor league appearances, he has a 3.86 ERA, five saves, 34 strikeouts and 10 walks in 28 innings.

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06/24/2011 - 12:48pm
Millar on M&M: Put A-Gon in right field

MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Red Sox as they begin a nine-game interleague road trip Friday night in Pittsburgh. With no designated hitter in use, the Sox are trying to find a way to keep David Ortiz in the lineup.

"Don't bench David Ortiz for the whole interleague thing because he's our DH," Millar said. "David is actually pretty darn athletic. As much as people think he's just this big DHer guy. I'd put him at first base, I'd let Adrian [Gonzalez] take some fly balls in right field. Bottom line: I'd get both their bats in the lineup and figure it out. I think Adrian's a good enough athlete, he can go out there and catch a few fly balls. I want their bats in the lineup, period."

Responding to a suggestion that pitchers would rather have good defense behind them, Millar said: "Make your pitches pitch and execute and let these guys hit...

06/24/2011 - 11:47am
Mannix on M&M: JaJuan can contribute

Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to discuss the Celtics and the NBA draft.

The Celtics drafted Providence star Marshon Brooks at No. 25 but then sent the pick to the Nets for the 27th pick, which they used to select Purdue's JaJuan Johnson. Mannix said he initially was excited about the Celtics grabbing Brooks.

"Last year, I thought the Celtics majorly whiffed on not taking James Anderson, and taking Avery Bradley instead of him," he said. "Because James Anderson was one of those complete college players. Even though he had an up-and-down season in San Antonio, battling through injuries, I think he's going to be a legitimate 2 guard in this league, while I still don't know what Avery Bradley is going to be. I saw Marshon Brooks as a similar type of player, an accomplished college scorer who, over a couple of years working under the tutelage of a guy like Ray Allen, could...

06/24/2011 - 11:35am
Sox announce makeup for May 17 O's game

The Red Sox announced that the May 17 contest against the Orioles, which was postponed due to rain, will be made up as the first half of a day-night doubleheader against the O's on Monday, Sept. 19, at 1:05 p.m. The two teams will play the night half at 7:10 p.m., as originally scheduled. 

Fans holding tickets to the May 17 rainout (Game #23) may use those tickets for the 1:05 p.m. game on September 19.

From the press release:

"The decision to reschedule the game for this date was made collectively by the MLB Players Association, Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox; the Red Sox could not make the decision unilaterally. Many teams throughout the league, including the Orioles and Red Sox, are dealing with an unusually larger number of weather-related rescheduling issues this season, and this decision came after taking into account the number of day-night doubleheaders both teams already have scheduled...

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