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04/10/2012 - 8:20am
Mashup: Guillen heads to Miami for apology

With residents and some local officials in Miami calling for the Marlins to fire Ozzie Guillen

, the manager announced plans to return to South Florida on Tuesday to apologize in person for comments he made praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro

.

Guillen, whose team is playing a series in Philadelphia but has no game Tuesday, apologized over the weekend after the Time magazine story filtered out. He said he has not been able to sleep and needs to let people in Miami see how contrite he is.

"I'm going to make everything clear what's going on," he said Monday. "People can see me and talk. I've already talked to people. But I think it's the proper thing to see my eyes. They can see me and ask whatever question they want. I think sooner is better. Better for the ballclub, better for me."

Added Guillen: "I know I hurt a lot of people. I want to get the thing over with."

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04/09/2012 - 10:32pm
Sweeney helps hand Red Sox first win

TORONTO -- Ryan Sweeney grounded a two-out single between first and second in the ninth inning, scoring pinch-runner Darnell McDonald with the game-winning run to give the Red Sox their first win of the season, a 4-2 triumph over the Blue Jays Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Sweeney's single came after the Sox tied the game at 2-2 earlier in the ninth thanks to a Dustin Pedroia leadoff double, a passed ball and Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly against Jays' closer Sergio Santos. David Ortiz and Cody Ross each kept things going with two-out walks, leading to the RBI from Sweeney and another run when Ross came in on Santos' wild pitch.

The win prevented the Red Sox from starting their season 0-4 for a second straight year, which would be an organizational first.

Getting a no-decision was Sox' starter Felix Doubront, who only allowed two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out six and walking three. Doubront finished throwing 101...

04/09/2012 - 6:03pm
Cherington: Bard will stay in rotation

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in an appearance on “MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM” with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern, said that his team would not reconsider its decision to commit to Daniel Bard in the rotation. While he did leave open the possibility of reconsidering the pitcher's role down the road, Cherington said that the team's 0-3 start, which included two games in which the combination of Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon contributed directly to the losses, would not prompt the Sox to reconsider the best usage of Bard before he makes his first start.

"Right now, he’s starting [Tuesday] for us. We made a decision this winter collectively to give him a chance to get stretched out in spring training and show us what he can do. We feel like he showed enough in spring training, enough development, to carry that into the season," said Cherington. "If he can do that and do it well, and we believe he can, then...

04/09/2012 - 4:49pm
Lucchino: 'Silly to overreact' to start

Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino suggested that it would be premature for the team to contemplate a significant roster shuffle (such as moving Daniel Bard from the rotation to the bullpen) based solely on the team's season-opening sweep at the hands of the Tigers in Detroit. While the bullpen has struggled in the first three games, suffering a pair of walkoff losses while adjusting on the fly to the loss of closer Andrew Bailey (out until August after thumb surgery), Lucchino suggested that the team need not contemplate extreme reactions to a frustrating set of outcomes.

"The goal is not to overreact prematurely. Bard is going to get his start [Tuesday], I’m sure, and we’ll see how it goes. It’s going to take a few weeks we didn’t have at the end of spring training to adjust to [Andrew] Bailey’s departure. It’s going to take a few weeks into the regular season," said Lucchino. "I know it...

04/09/2012 - 4:42pm
Goodell upholds penalties on Saints

The NFL on Monday notified Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt that commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the existing suspensions levied for their role in a bounty system ran by the team over a three-year period.

Payton will miss the entire 2012 season and will begin serving his suspension on April 16. Vitt's suspension (six games) will begin at the start of the 2012 regular season, as will the suspension for Loomis (eight games).

Former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams hasn't appealed his indefinite suspension.

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