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04/29/2011 - 11:49am
Millar on M&M: Keep Ellsbury at leadoff

MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Red Sox and news from around the major leagues.

Jacoby Ellsbury seems to have settled into the leadoff spot while Carl Crawford has dropped toward the end of the order while he continues to struggle. Even when Crawford gets in a groove, Millar said he'd prefer to see Ellsbury batting first.

"I think he's your leadoff hitter," Millar said. "That needs to be his role — to get on base, steal bases, slap the ball around, play good defense. Carl Crawford and him are very similar players. Obviously, [Crawford] having more of a track record and probably hits for more power, but they're very similar players. But I think Ellsbury's your leadoff guy."

Millar said he expects the Sox bats to heat up along with the weather. Said Millar: "The ball flies in the summertime. … Fenway Park when it's cold, it...

04/29/2011 - 9:32am
Ex-Sox pitcher Lowe arrested for DUI

Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was arrested late Thursday night for driving under the influence, police confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told the paper that Lowe was stopped around 10 p.m. and that the trooper "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage." The trooper gave Lowe a field sobriety test and the 37-year-old pitcher refused to take a state-administered alcohol test.

Lowe also was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

Lowe, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1997-2004, is in his third season with the Braves after spending four years with the Dodgers. He is 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA in six starts this season.


04/29/2011 - 8:30am
Schefter on D&C: Bowers to Pats in Round 2?

Adam Schefter of ESPN joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the NFL draft. The Patriots took Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder at No. 17 and then traded the No. 28 pick to New Orleans for a second-rounder this weekend and a first-rounder next year.

The Patriots have the first pick of Friday's second round. Schefter said people he spoke with after Thursday night's opening round predicted the Pats would trade the No. 33 overall pick, but he's not so sure.

"Is it going to surprise me if they trade out? Not at all," Schefter said. "But I'm sitting here, I'm saying to myself: You're New England. You've already stockpiled double [first-round picks] for next year. At some point you've got to start picking players. And there's some pretty good players on the board.

"There aren't many people that thought that Da'Quan Bowers would be sitting there at the top of Round 2. I know he's got medicals [...

04/29/2011 - 7:54am
Mashup: 2nd incident for Braves' McDowell

High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who on Wednesday stood with Giants fan Justin Quinn and accused Braves coach Roger McDowell of making crude comments, gestures and threats to fans over the weekend, said Thursday that a second fan has contacted her about an incident involving McDowell in another state. The commissioner's office said it is waiting for the Braves to finish gathering information before making a decision about possible punishment.

Also in the news, Major League Baseball acknowledged it is considering how to punish White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for tweeting during a game Wednesday night in violation of league rules. Guillen had been ejected from the game at Yankee Stadium for arguing with an umpire when he tweeted sarcastic comments about the situation.

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04/29/2011 - 7:28am
Youkilis 'good to play' after jamming hip

Both Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Kevin Youkilis said the third baseman should be ready to when the team returns to Fenway Park Friday to play the Mariners after he left Thursday night's win in Baltimore with a jammed hip.

"I just slid and it got a little locked up," Youkilis told reporters after the Red Sox' 6-2 victory over the Orioles. "As the game went on, it locked up a little bit more, but I should be good to play [Friday]. It was bugging me, and Tito said, 'Give it a rest so you can play tomorrow.' "

The hip injury, which forced Youkilis out of the game in the eighth inning, occurred in the first inning when he slid into second base in trying to break up an eventual double-play. The cleanup hitter made three more plate appearances, coming away with a flyout, strikeout and walk before being replaced by Jed Lowrie.

Youkilis is hitting .208 but has an OPS of .890, best on the team. In eight games on the road...

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