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05/03/2010 - 5:23pm
Francona: Losing feels like 'end of the world'

Prior to Monday's game against the Angels, Red Sox manager Terry Francona discussed his team's struggles and the difficulty of handling his team's 11-14 start out of the gate. The manager suggested that it is natural for players to press, especially given that a slow start tends to magnify attention on a team's poor performance. "I think it magnifies things. You know what though, I don’t know that I’ve ever been here and felt like losing wasn’t the end of the world," said Francona. "That’s difficult when it’s your job, but also, that’s part of what makes this place special. You show up here, and every game means something. And it means something to us too. And I don’t want that to go away. We have a lot of responsibility here. We have great fans. There’s a lot of attention from the media. Maybe losing’s easier when there’s two media members here, or no fans. That’s not what we...

05/03/2010 - 4:21pm
Dave Roberts being treated for lymphoma

Dave Roberts, the owner of the most famous stolen base in Red Sox history, is under treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. 

 

Roberts, 37 years old and a special assistant for the San Diego Padres, was diagnosed in March and says that his prognosis is "good." The 10-year MLB veteran has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy.

 

The outfielder played just 45 regular season games with the Red Sox in his one season with the club (2004), but it was his stolen base and run scored in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the ALCS that many count as the starting point to the now-legendary comeback vs. the Yankees.

 


05/03/2010 - 3:53pm
Lowell, Youkilis in lineup vs. Angels

Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis are in the lineup for the Red Sox' series opener at Fenway Park vs. the Angels as David Ortiz gets the day off against lefty Joe Saunders. Youkilis missed Sunday's series finale vs. the Orioles with a sore groin but will play first base and hit in his usual cleanup spot. Lowell, who made his MLB debut at first base on Sunday, will handle the DH duties.

 

Red Sox Lineup:

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Martinez, 2

Youkilis, 3

Drew, 9

Lowell, DH

Beltre, 5

Hall, 7

McDonald, 9

Buchholz -- SP


05/03/2010 - 1:47pm
Cavs coach disputes Shaq's hard foul

CLEVELAND — There has been a lot made of the hard foul that Shaquille O’Neal administered to Rajon Rondo late in Game 1 that sent Rondo careening to the floor. One overheated Cleveland media member asked Cavs coach Mike Brown if it was the hardest playoff foul he’s ever seen. Obviously it wasn’t, but Brown raised some eyebrows when he said he asked the NBA for clarification over whether it actually was even a foul. Brown’s contention is that Rondo initiated the contact. Read the full post on Green Street.


05/03/2010 - 1:45pm
UVA lax player charged with murder

University of Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely has been charged with the murder of women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, according to reports from Charlottesville, Va. Love, a 22-year-old senior from Cockeysville, Md., was found in her apartment early Monday morning with obvious signs of physical trauma, police statements indicated. Investigators noted that the two had a previous relationship. Huguely, also 22, is a senior from Chevy Chase, Md.

 

An earlier city news release stated that a student was found by authorities at about 2:15 a.m. after a call about a "possible alcohol overdose." "Officers arrived and found a female University of Virginia student unresponsive in the apartment," the release stated. "Police officers and rescue personnel who were called to the scene attempted to revive the victim but were unsuccessful."

 

The Virginia men's team (14-1), ranked No. 1 in the...

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