With his first appearance at Fenway Park as an opponent since May 7, 2009 coming in Wednesday night’s game between the Red Sox and Tigers, Victor Martinez was allowed time to pause and reflect on his time in Boston. Even though he didn’t sign as a free agent in the offseason – Boston was offering three years/$36 million or four years/$42 million – Martinez, who signed with Detroit for four years/$50 million, had plenty of praise for his former employers.
“I don’t have any words to describe it,” he said from the Detroit dugout. “By far, it’s been the best time of my career.
“My wife, my kids, my family and myself, we did everything we could to come back. But that’s just part of the game. It is what it is. We’ve got to move on.”
Before Wednesday’s game, managers for both sides gave their own positive thoughts on Martinez, the man and the player.
Red Sox Medical Director Dr. Tom Gill issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon in regards to right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka: “Daisuke experienced tightness in his elbow during his last start. His examination is consistent with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, and strain to his common flexor mass. An MRI was obtained which confirmed these exam findings. He will be re-examined in two weeks.”
After the statement, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Matsuzaka won't throw at least until his exam in two weeks, and added that it’s “probably ambitious he will throw then.” He added that the Sox are somewhat relieved to have diagnosed the injury at a time when it remains “manageable,” before getting more serious.
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With the retirement of Lakers coach Phil Jackson, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is now the highest-paid coach in the four major professional sports, according to Forbes. The Patriots have never publicly disclosed Belichick's contract situation, but the magazine estimates Belichick takes home an annual salary of $7.5 million. Belichick edges out Seattle's Pete Carroll and Washington's Mike Shanahan, both of whom make an estimated $7 million annually, according to Forbes. (Doc Rivers also just joined the $7 million club — he inked a new deal with the Celtics earlier this week.)
With Tigers left-hander Phil Coke on the mound, the Red Sox will have Mike Cameron make the start in right field, with J.D. Drew out of the lineup. Coke has held lefties to a .208 average and .613 OPS this year, while righties have marks of .288 and .778 against him. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be paired with Clay Buchholz.
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MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to offer his views on the Red Sox. Gammons said that this month's bad weather might turn into good news for the Red Sox in the long run.
"When they make this up in July as part of that day-night doubleheader on a Thursday night in July, theoretically, the Red Sox pitching staff should be in much better shape at that time," Gammons said. "And the Orioles pitching staff should be pretty worn down. I think we saw, as [the Orioles] tried to use six relievers to get nine outs the other night, they don't have a lot or reserves there after [Jeremy] Guthrie and the three kids. I think that's a much better time for [the Red Sox] to play."
With John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list, Gammons was asked if there are any available arms in the minor leagues. "No, there really isn't," he said, adding: "I had...
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