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05/17/2011 - 7:57am
Mashup: Limbaugh defends McNabb

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who left an NFL analyst job with ESPN in 2003 after saying that Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media was "very desirous that a black quarterback do well," came to the defense of the Redskins quarterback this month. Boxer Bernard Hopkins had criticized McNabb for failing to win a title with the Eagles and implied McNabb wasn't considered a true black man because he had a privileged upbringing.

Said Limbaugh on his radio show Friday: "This poor guy, he cannot catch a break. And it's disgruntled African-Americans that are jumping down his case, about the way he was raised? It is horrible, it is distasteful. ... His parents are out there having to defend the way they raised him, and all they tried to do was give him opportunity after opportunity, expose he and his brother to various things. It's just amazing to watch this."

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05/17/2011 - 12:27am
Francona: Lackey DL stint precautionary

Terry Francona announced after the Red Sox' 8-7 win over the Orioles that Tim Wakefield will start in the place of John Lackey, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with strained right elbow prior to Monday night's game.

Francona noted the Lackey has been battling through some discomfort in his right elbow, and the move to put the stater on the DL was precautionary. Peter Gammons reported after the game that it was his understanding that the pitcher had gotten a shot in his elbow to decrease the inflammation, which the team hopes will allow Lackey to better sustain velocity.

"There has been some tugging on that elbow, and Lack is more than willing to pitch through anything," Francona said. "We already know that. He's done it before, he'll do it again. the more we talked to the medical people, the more we talked to Lack, we took it out of his hands. … We all believe in his will to fight through stuff. It just didn't seem...

05/16/2011 - 11:09pm
Gonzalez comes through in clutch for Sox

The Red Sox completed their furious comeback from a six-run deficit Monday night at Fenway when Adrian Gonzalez lofted a one-out, two-run double off the left field wall in the ninth inning against Baltimore closer Kevin Gregg, scoring both Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia and giving the Sox an 8-7 win over the Orioles in the teams' series opener. It was the Sox' third walk-off win of the season, and Gonzalez' fifth career walk-off hit.

The win came despite the Red Sox going just 6-for-23 with runners in scoring position and leaving 15 runners on base.

The pivotal ninth started with a one-out walk to Ellsbury, who proceeded to steal second before Pedroia worked a walk. Then, on the first pitch of the at-bat, Gonzalez lofted the double halfway up the left field wall for the win.

The Sox fell into a 6-0 hole, with starter Daisuke Matsuzaka being charged with five runs over 4 1/3 innings. The righty would give up five hits and seven walks,...

05/16/2011 - 9:48pm
Source: Lackey DL stint won't affect option

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox club option on John Lackey for 2015 won't be affected by the pitcher's trip to the 15-day disabled list. Lackey's current deal includes a clause which states that if the righty misses a significant time due to a pre-existing right elbow injury the team option drops to the Major League minimum salary for the '15 season.

The source indicated that Lackey would have to miss somewhere in the vicinity of the rest of the season for the option to be affected.

Lackey, who was placed on the disabled list prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game against the Orioles Monday night, had missed the beginning of the 2009 season due to elbow tightness. He was, however, seen playing catch with teammate Jon Lester prior to the Sox' meeting with the O's, and hadn't experienced any physical problems since arriving with the Red Sox in '10.

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05/16/2011 - 7:19pm
Lackey on disabled list with elbow strain

The Red Sox have placed starting pitcher John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain, retroactive to May 12. The team recalled reliever Scott Atchison. Lackey was scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Orioles. No replacement has been named.

Lackey, who is 2-5 with an 8.01 ERA, is coming off two straight subpar outings, the latest a 6 2/3-inning outing in which he allowed nine runs on nine hits against the Blue Jays in Toronto. The start before the righty gave up eight runs on 10 hits over four innings against the Angels.

Atchison last pitched Sunday, allowing one hit over one inning for the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox against Scranton-Wilkes Barre. In 10 appearances for the PawSox the reliever compiled a 1.25 ERA, striking out 23 and walking just one. Atchison appeared in one game for the Red Sox this season, throwing 3 2/3 innings May 5 against Los Angeles. 

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