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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...

04/21/2012 - 2:48pm
Torres suspended 25 games for Hossa hit

The NHL came down hard on Coyotes' forward Raffi Torres for his neutral zone hit on Blackhawks star Marian Hossa on Tuesday night in Chicago. Hossa had already played the puck and was skating back into the play when Torres left his skates and lunged his elbow toward Hossa's head. As was the case with Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last June, Hossa had to be carried of the ice on a stretcher.

The NHL released the following statement on the suspension:

Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended for 25 games for launching himself to deliver a late hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during Game 3 of the teams' Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series in Chicago on Tuesday, April 17, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Should the 25 games not be served by the conclusion of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining games of the...

04/21/2012 - 2:46pm
Valentine: 'Good talks' on adding OF

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that, given the early-season injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford -- along with outfielder Jason Repko, who suffered a slight separation of his left shoulder while crashing into the wall at Fenway Park on Friday -- he and GM Ben Cherington have talked "often" about acquiring an outfielder from outside the organization. Asked if anything was imminent, Valentine said, "Something ... the talks have been good talks from what I gather."

The Sox (as first reported by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe) may be close to acquiring Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, with multiple industry sources suggesting that a deal to bring the outfielder to Boston is probable, though those sources cautioned that as of Saturday early afternoon, nothing was finalized. Byrd is off to a dreadful offensive start this year, hitting .070/.149/.070/.219 with just three singles in 47 plate appearances. Byrd is in the...

04/21/2012 - 12:54pm
Report: Sox closing in on deal for Byrd

According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are closing in on a deal for Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, although no deal has been finalized. An industry source told WEEI.com that the Cubs have been actively attempting to trade Byrd, who has started out the 2011 season 3-for-43 (.070) with 10 strikeouts and no extra-base hits. The source also classified the deal with the Red Sox as 'probable' to happen.

The 34-year-old right-handed hitter is in the final year of a three-year, $15 million deal that he signed with the Cubs after hitting .283 with 20 home runs and an .808 OPS for the Rangers. Byrd is scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2012.

Byrd has played almost exclusively in center field for Chicago over the past three seasons. He finished the '11 season hitting .276 with a .719 OPS to go along with nine home runs in 119 games.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/21/2012 - 12:31pm
Lineup: McDonald back in, playing left field

Darnell McDonald is back in the lineup for the Red Sox, playing left field against the Yankees and their starter, Freddy Garcia. McDonald is just 2-for-24 this season (.083), and has played just once since Monday.

Also of note is Ryan Sweeney returning to the No. 2 spot for the second straight game. The Red Sox have trailed seven times after three innings this season, and have held the lead after six just twice.

Here is Saturday's complete lineup for the Red Sox:

Mike Aviles SS

Ryan Sweeney RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Kevin Youkilis 3B

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Cody Ross CF

Darnell McDonald LF

For all the matchups, click here. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at...

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