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04/21/2012 - 7:59pm
Sox bullpen melts down vs. Yankees

The Red Sox bullpen, entrusted with a 9-1 lead after six innings, endured an epic implosion, allowing 14 runs (13 earned) over the next two innings to send Boston to a 15-9 loss to the Yankees. The defeat dropped a Sox team that has lost every game of the season to 4-10.

The collapse commenced in the seventh inning, when Vicente Padilla -- in relief of Felix Doubront, who dominated in his third start -- allowed five runs while recording just one out. Nick Swisher's grand slam took what had been a comfortable lead and added tension. Matt Albers followed by yielding a homer to Mark Teixeira that trimmed the gap to 9-8.

Then came the next inning, when the game unraveled on Alfredo Aceves, who came in after Franklin Morales permitted a leadoff single to Eduardo Nunez. Aceves was brought in for a six-out save. Instead, he faced six batters and all reached, four via walk and two on hits. Swisher's two-run double to center tipped the scales in New York'...

04/21/2012 - 6:18pm
Sox acquire Byrd for Bowden, PTBNL

According to an industry source, the Red Sox acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Cubs in exchange for right-hander Michael Bowden and a player to be named. The Cubs will pay for nearly all of what remains of Byrd's $6.5 million salary for this year. The move helps the Sox to address their injury-ravaged outfield.

Byrd, 34, is in the last year of a three-year, $15 million deal. He is off to a dismal 3-for-43 start this year, having managed just three singles and three walks this season en route to a .070 average, .149 OBP and .219 OPS. For his career, however, he is a .278/.337/.416/.753 hitter, and in 2011, he hit .276/.324/.395/.719 in 199 games.

The right-handed hitting Byrd is also regarded as a solid defensive center fielder. With Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford both on the disabled list, the team has been scrambling to add to its outfield depth, with manager Bobby Valentine saying that he and GM Ben Cherington have talked...

04/21/2012 - 5:52pm
Crushed: Caps PP goal puts B's on brink

Troy Brouwer scored a power play goal with 1:27 left to lift the Capitals to a shocking 4-3 win over the Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Benoit Pouliot was called for a slash with 2:50 left and Brouwer scored from the low right circle with 37 seconds left on the power play. The defending Stanley Cup champs must now win in Washington on Sunday afternoon in Game 6 to force a Game 7 back in Boston Wednesday night. 

The Bruins continued to be snakebitten on the power play in the opening period. Zdeno Chara blistered a slapshot that rang off the post and crossbar before careening to the corner. The Bruins got two more shots on a power play later in the first but couldn't not capitalize, watching their power play fall to 0-for-14 in the series. 

The Bruins almost scored shorthanded when Daniel Paille broke in alone, only to hit the left post. The Bruins and Capitals skated to their seventh scoreless period of the...

04/21/2012 - 5:50pm
Youkilis leaves with quad injury

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left Saturday's game in the bottom of the fourth inning, replaced by pinch-hitter Nate Spears. The Red Sox announced that he suffered a left quad contusion.

Youkilis had been hit in the knee by an 89 mph fastball from right-hander David Phelps in his second plate appearance. The 33-year-old also dealt with a groin injury earlier in the week when he experienced some soreness after scoring from first on a double. Presumably, at a time when the Sox were up, 7-0, the team could afford to remove him for precautionary reasons.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 


04/21/2012 - 4:16pm
Crawford homers again in Fort Myers

Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, on the disabled list while working his way back from surgery in January to repair his wrist and then a subsequent left elbow strain incurred last week, homered for the second time this week while participating in extended spring training games in Fort Myers. Crawford will have his elbow examined in Boston over "the next couple, three days," according to Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in order to make a determination of whether he is able to start playing the outfield.

"I’m hoping he can just go in the outfield and underhand it in for a while and just start playing that way and then get on a throwing program," said Valentine. "I’m hoping that’s the next step."

While there could be some benefit to having Crawford DH on a rehab assignment against more advanced minor league pitching, Valentine said that the level of competition was less of a priority than...

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