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04/07/2012 - 3:12pm
Crawford to play in games 'very soon'

DETROIT -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that outfielder Carl Crawford's participation in games for the first time since his January wrist surgery is "imminent. It's coming very soon."

The left fielder, who is on the disabled list, remains in Fort Myers, where he will take part in extended spring training games. He will remain there at least through Friday, as the decision was made that Crawford will not return to Fenway Park for the home opener on April 13.

Crawford -- whose recovery was delayed by a setback early into his swinging program in spring training -- is slated to serve as a designated hitter as he returns to game activity. He will then start integrating some innings in the outfield and then get work on the bases.

“We’re trying to get a very comprehensive, yet not rushed program for him,” said Valentine. “I heard he’s progressing really nicely. ... The way it seems right now, he...

04/07/2012 - 2:47pm
Hill, Miller to start rehab assignments

DETROIT -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that left-handers Rich Hill and Andrew Miller, both of whom have opened the year on the disabled list, will start minor league rehab assignments tonight in Single-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League. That, in turn, will begin the 30-day rehab clock for both pitchers, with Hill working his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last June 9, and Miller working his way back from a hamstring strain he suffered in spring training.

Hill, 32, has made 15 scoreless appearances in his career with the Red Sox, including nine last season before he blew out his elbow on June 1. The left-hander has had a rehab process without any hiccups to date, and impressed the Sox enough with the advanced state of his recovery to be added to the 40-man roster (after signing a minor league deal with the team that included an early-March opt-out) in late-February.

Miller, meanwhile, was enjoying a strong spring...

04/07/2012 - 12:29pm
No changes to Sox lineup vs. Fister

DETROIT -- For the first time since last July 24-25, the Red Sox will feature the same lineup in back-to-back games. The Sox will feature the same lineup on Saturday that they used on Opening Day, when they suffered a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Jacoby Ellsbury will lead off, David Ortiz will hit cleanup and Ryan Sweeney (2-for-7 with two walks and a double against Tigers starter Doug Fister) will bat sixth.

Josh Beckett will make his first start of 2012, and faces no restrictions after seeing two doctors about discomfort in his right thumb earlier this week. The right-hander went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA last year, and had a 0.95 ERA in Grapefruit League action this spring.

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04/06/2012 - 5:14pm
Thomas responds to record being broken
By: DJ Bean

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, the current holder of the single season save percentage record, that he has no problem with Blues No. 2 goalie Brian Elliott potentially breaking the record. 

Thomas had a .939 save percentage last season, playing in 57 as the team's No. 1 goalie throughout the season. He faced 1,811 shots, 1,035 of which came against teams that would go on to make the playoffs. Elliott has started only 35 games, compared to fellow St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak's 45 starts. Elliott has seen 679 shots from teams set to make the playoffs, but he currently has a .943 save percentage. 

“If I figured it was going to be broken, it would have to be broken that way,” Thomas told WEEI.com Friday. “If you play over 50 games compared to 37, it's going to get a lot tougher. But that's OK. That's cool. He's had a great year.” 

In order to qualify for to be a single-season save percentage leader, a...

04/06/2012 - 3:56pm
Bailey: Injury a 'freak thing -- it stinks'

DETROIT -- Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, in a conference call to discuss the right thumb injury and subsequent surgery that will keep him out for the first half of the 2012 season, expressed his frustration with what he described as a "freak injury." Bailey said that he thought nothing of it when he had a minor collision and subsequent fall in a game against the Pirates on March 21.

However, over the coming days, he felt pain building in his thumb to the point where he couldn't grip the ball for a long toss session after a 1 2/3 innings minor league appearance on March 28. He also started feeling pain and weakness in ordinary day-to-day activities such as when he held a shampoo bottle.

"I had trouble gripping the baseball and there was a lot of pain involved," said Bailey. "That’s when I was really like, OK, we’ve got to get on top of this thing. It was obviously too late by then."

Bailey said that...

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