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04/23/2010 - 4:18pm
Daisuke to make first start in Baltimore

Speaking to the media prior to his team's series opener against the Orioles Friday at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Daisuke Matsuzaka will throw a simulated game Monday in Toronto in preparation of making his first start of the season in Baltimore in the Sox' weekend series against the O's. Francona wouldn't discuss reports that Tim Wakefield will be moving to the bullpen once Matsuzaka is inserted into the rotation. Wakefield is scheduled to make his regularly-slated start Sunday against the Orioles at Fenway. Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester will pitch for the Red Sox against the Blue Jays next week in Toronto. Matsuzaka's simulated game in Toronto will include getting up and down at least four times.


04/23/2010 - 3:52pm
Brockton Rox sign Josh Papelbon

The Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League announced on Friday that they have signed right-handed relief pitcher Josh Papelbon. Papelbon, the younger brother of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, joins the Rox after four seasons in Boston's minor league system. Josh Papelbon spent the 2009 season with the Salem Red Sox of the Single-A Carolina League. During his stint with Salem, Papelbon went 5-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 34 appearances. Papelbon, who is a submarine pitcher, received a promotion to Double-A Portland, where he appeared in two games.


04/23/2010 - 3:40pm
Red Sox lineup: Ortiz back at DH

Jon Lester will take the mound for the Red Sox on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. Lester is 10-0 with a miniscule 2.39 ERA in 12 career starts vs. Boston's division rivals. The Orioles have gotten off to an abysmal 2-14 start this season, and as a team they are only hitting .225, which is tied for third worst in the American League with Toronto. This is good news for Lester, because opposing hitters are batting .313 against the lefty — way above his career .259 mark. Here is the starting lineup for the Red Sox:
 

Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Pedroia 2B
Youkilis 1B
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Hermida LF
Reddick CF


04/23/2010 - 3:05pm
Day 2 preparation: Round 2 mock
By: DJ Bean

There were plenty of surprises in Round 1 of the NFL draft Thursday night, which means elite players remain on the board heading into the second round. The Patriots' selection of cornerback Devin McCourty may have been a bit of a luxury pick, so it's important that they target help at linebacker, defensive end and tight end in the second round. To see who might be headed to New England (and where Sergio Kindle and Jimmy Clausen could end up), check out WEEI.com's second-round mock draft by clicking here. For the latest on the NFL draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.


04/23/2010 - 1:39pm
Beasley: We've got to make the C's feel old

Speaking after shootaround before Game 3, Heat forward Michael Beasley said his team needed to come out with more energy and make the Celtics feel their age. “We have to be more athletic, more energetic, bring the fire,” Beasley said. “Make them feel old. They’ve got a lot of veterans on their team and we’ve got a lot of young guys. We just need to run the floor and just try to tire them out.” Read the rest of this entry on Green Street.


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