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04/22/2010 - 7:14pm
Sources: Wakefield headed to bullpen

According to sources familiar with the situation, the Red Sox enter Thursday night's game against planning to send Tim Wakefield to the bullpen when Daisuke Matsuzaka returns to the Red Sox' starting rotation. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before his team's series finale against the Rangers that Matsuzaka would be making his next start for the Red Sox after pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox in his last three appearances while on a rehab assignment. Francona, however, would not disclose when Matsuzaka would be making his first start this season with the Sox, saying the team still had to speak to all the parties involved.

 

Wakefield last pitched out of the bullpen in the 2004 American League Championship Series, earning the win in Game 5 against the Yankees after pitching three scoreless innings. For his career the 43-year-old has made 141 regular season appearances, going 10-13 with a 3.75 ERA and 22 saves. The knuckleballer served as...

04/22/2010 - 5:44pm
Rasheed Wallace fined $35,000 by NBA

Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace was fined $35,000 Thursday for publicly criticizing game officials for comments made to the media back on April 19. Visit the Green Street blog for more Celtics coverage.


04/22/2010 - 5:14pm
Francona: Dice-K 'in the rotation'

Terry Francona confirmed Thursday afternoon that Daisuke Matsuzaka will join the starting rotation when he is activated from the disabled list.

 

"Dice will pitch for us. We will insert him in the rotation," Francona said.  "Johnny [Farrell] and I have not got with him yet. When he pitches and how we get there, we'll sit and talk to Dice. We'll get to it. There's a little bit of time before he pitches. So we want to just make our rotation work with the off day coming up. We want to make it work. I do want to talk to him first."

 

Matsuzaka has made three rehab starts, including one Wednesday for Triple-A Pawtucket. He allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings on the mound against Leigh Valley.

 

Francona ruled out the possibility of a six-man rotation for the Red Sox.

 

"Doing too many starters an injustice," Francona said. "In the summer months...

04/22/2010 - 4:36pm
Ellsbury has four ribs with hairline fractures

Speaking to the media prior to his team's series finale against the Rangers, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been diagnosed with having four ribs with hairline fractures. The ailment was discovered when Ellsbury, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list and would be eligible to come off on Tuesday, underwent a CT scan.

 

"The medical people assured us that this is the protocol. This is how you do it. You treat the symptoms. But once he wasn't able to play than we need to go back and do the CT scan," Francona said. "Nothing is displaced. We had four people read the X-rays and they said when the X-ray comes back negative than you treat the symptoms. That kind of threw us for a loop a little bit."

 

Francona explained that because they are non-displaced hairline fractures than they wouldn't initially appear on the X-rays, and the diagnosis wouldn't change...

04/22/2010 - 3:41pm
Lineups: Lowell in, Ortiz out

For the second straight game Mike Lowell will serve as the Red Sox' designated hitter, with David Ortiz getting another day off with Texas lefty C.J. Wilson on the mound. Here are the lineups for both the Red Sox and Rangers in the teams' series finale:
 

Red Sox:
Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Pedroia 2B
Youkilis 1B
Martinez C
Lowell DH
Beltre 3B
McDonald CF
Hall LF

Buchholz P

Rangers:
Andrus SS
Young 3B
Hamilton LF
Cruz DH
Murphy RF
Davis 1B
Teagarden C
Blanco 2B
Borbon CF

Wilson P


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