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05/24/2011 - 3:23pm
Francona: Pedroia's slump not health-related

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia is fine after having been removed from Tuesday's game over concern about his left foot -- the same appendage that he fractured last season, and that still has a screw in it. Pedroia is not in the lineup on Tuesday -- Drew Sutton will start at second for the Sox -- but going forward, the Sox expect that the three-time All-Star is fine.

"He’s OK. He popped his head in about an hour ago, kind of gave me a thumb’s up," said Francona. "I think he gave us all a scare last night, including himself. He went around the bag, kind of slipped – it was wet – kind of turned that ankle. He’s got that screw in there. It gave him a little zinger, kind of a bolt of lightning up that leg. Obviously, we needed to get him out of there because of that.

"Their doctors came over to have a look at him right away...

05/24/2011 - 3:16pm
Boucher: Roloson gets call in Game 6

TAMPA -- Lightning coach Guy Boucher announced Tuesday that he is going back to Dwayne Roloson as his starting goalie for the team's do-or-die Game 6 against the Bruins Wednesday night at St. Pete Times Forum. 

After relieving Roloson in goal in Games 2 and 4, Mike Smith made his first career playoff start and stopped 17 of 19 shots before Rich Peverley's empty-net goal with 12.1 seconds left sealed Monday's Game 5 win for the Bruins. 

Roloson entered the Eastern Conference finals against Boston with a playoff-leading 2.01 goals against average. That has skyrocketed to 2.52 as the Bruins beat him six times in Game 2 to tie the series and then chased him in Game 4 last Saturday. In Game 4, Roloson stopped just six of nine shots before being pulled with two minutes left in the first period when Patrice Bergeron scored shorthanded. 

Smith entered the game and stopped all 21 shots he faced, allowing the Lightning to rally to a 5-3...

05/24/2011 - 2:59pm
Sutton fills in for Pedroia vs. Indians

Manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that Drew Sutton will get his first start for the Red Sox, playing second base and batting ninth against an Indians team with whom he played in 2010. Sutton will be filling in for Dustin Pedroia, who is receiving the day off one day after he suffered what was described as a stinger in his left foot.

Jason Varitek, who will be catching Josh Beckett, will hit seventh, with Jed Lowrie moving up to second in the lineup.

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Ellsbury, CF
Lowrie, SS
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Varitek, C
Crawford, LF

05/24/2011 - 10:09am
Melrose on D&C: 'Not a well-played series'

ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and the first topic of conversation was the play of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who allowed just one goal on 34 shots in Boston's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay Monday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. 

"Last night, he was the only guy to talk about. The Bruins basically took the first half of the game off and left Timmy Thomas out to fend for himself. The guy was great. He was fantastic. He made that game-saving save later in the game. But right off the start, he was very solid. You could tell he was on his game. He was very aggressive. He was outside the crease. And that's how you tell if Timmy's ready to play or not. If he's making saves inside the paint, it's going to be a long night. If he's out challenging and outside the paint and very aggressive, it's going to be a good night for Timmy Thomas. Last night, he was really on his game."


05/24/2011 - 7:55am
Mashup: Barkley feuds with Miami fans

NBA legend Charles Barkley continues to hog the spotlight with his inflammatory words and actions. The TNT analyst gave taunting Miami fans a double-middle-finger salute Sunday, and then he offered this comeback: "They were telling me I suck. They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, 'Come on, give me something better than that, dude.' I always laugh at that statement, 'You didn't get a ring.' I'm like, 'Dude, you work at McDonald's. My life's a lot better than yours. You relax.' "

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.

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