PITTSBURGH -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's game against the Pirates Saturday night at PNC Park that he wouldn't be putting Adrian Gonzalez in right field Sunday, and wasn't sold on the idea heading into the remainder of the Sox' nine-game road trip through National League parks.
"I don't think I'm going to do it [Sunday]," Francona said. "I'm kind of on the fence, and since I am, I'm not sure I know what's right. But I think maybe I know what's not right. Until I'm positive that this is something to do, I better stay way. That's kind of how I feel. I'll probably stay away [Sunday], reevaluate it on the way to Philly. I'm just hung up. I'm struggling with it, and I don't want to do something I'm struggling with. If we put Gonzie out there and he got hurt, I'm just not ready to do it. Maybe three, four games into this road trip, maybe I will. We'll see."
Francona has mentioned the idea of playing...
PITTSBURGH -- According to a major league source, Kevin Millwood, who has been pitching for the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, chose not to exercise his opt-out -- which was June 20 -- and will remain in the Sox' organization with the understanding that exploring opportunities in other organizations may be revisited as the season progresses. Any team interested in the righty starter would still have go through the Red Sox in order to inquire about the services of Millwood.
The 36-year-old has pitched extremely well for the PawSox of late, compiling a 3-0 mark with a 2.89 ERA in five starts. Millwood, who joined the Red Sox organization after opting out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees earlier in the season, hasn't surrendered more than two runs in any of his previous four starts. He has struck out 24 and walked seven in his 28 innings of work with Pawtucket.
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PITTSBURGH -- Two new outfielders will be in the Red Sox starting lineup against Pirates right-handed starter Jeff Karstens, with Josh Reddick getting the nod in left field, while J.D. Drew gets the nod in right. Friday night featured right-handed hitting Darnell McDonald and Mike Cameron at the corner outfield positions for the Sox.
Both Kevin Youkilis (4-for-4) and David Ortiz (2-for-3) have had success against Karstens in limited opportunities, while the only two Pirates who have faced Red Sox starter TIm Wakefield are Lyle Overbay and Ronny Cedeno.
The following is the Red Sox batting order:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Josh Reddick LF
Marco Scutaro SS
Tim Wakefield P
Red Sox pitching legend Jim Lonborg joined Sports Saturday on WEEI at the Red Sox team store and talked about the hot-button issue that is interleague play in modern baseball. While others talk about their dislike for it, Lonborg said he actually enjoys the AL-NL matchups.
"I absolutely love it now. I wasn't a big fan of it in the beginning. But I think in terms of getting to know some of the other ballplayers that are playing professionally and have great skills, I think it's a great opportunity for people who love baseball to be able to see the other talent in the other league."
That being said, Lonborg, who pitched in Boston from 1965-71 before the designated hitter rule came in to effect in 1973, said he's not particularly enthused about the DH's role in the modern game.
"I'm not a big fan of the DH," Lonborg said. "Being able to have played in the American League into the early 70's then going to the...
Bruce Cassidy was named coach of the Providence Bruins, the B's AHL affiliate, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday morning.
Cassidy was coach of the Capitals starting in 2002-03 and compiled a 47-45-9-6 record in parts of two seasons in Washington while leading the team to a playoff berth in his first year. In his one previous year of experience as a head coach in the AHL, Cassidy led Grand Rapids to 42-27-11-0 record before moving on to become the Caps coach the following season. He has also held the position in the ECHL and IHL.
Cassidy had worked as an assistant for the P-Bruins for the past three seasons under Rob Murray, who was let go after the team failed to make the postseason for the second straight season.
The guys chat about the potential of a loss tonight and if they'd be "OK" with it. Is 16-0 the end-all, be-all?
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A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford has the latest on the Red Sox and their hot stove offseason as he joins Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola on the Planet Mikey Show
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the sniping back and forth from Claude Julien, Brad Marchand, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after Boston's 4-3 comeback win on Friday. The game featured two somewhat controversial hits, Matt Beleskey's check of Derek Stepan (breaking a rib) and Brad Marchand's collision with goalie Henrik Lundqvist and ensuing flop.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
Hasselbeck talked about Gronk and his brother.
Brady discussed the loss in Denver.
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Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Jerod joins Glenn & Tanguay to talk about his impact plays vs Buffalo and looks ahead to the Patriots game in Denver.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
Greg Dickerson, Andy Hart, and Tom E. Curran are joined by Michael Irvin to talk Patriots vs. Broncos and all things NFL
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Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
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