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04/13/2012 - 12:53pm
Lucchino on M&M: 'Foolish' to panic over Sox

Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni Friday before the Red Sox' home opener and said it's important to put the team's 1-5 start in perspective.

"Perspective, by the way, should be the key word for what we talk about today," he said. "Six games, my gracious. We've been around the game long enough, all of us here, to know better. It's hard to control your emotions and to control your emotional reactions to tough losses, and some of them have been tough losses. But we should be smart enough, we should be experienced enough to know what a small sample we have and how foolish it would be to extrapolate too far, too much from that.

Added Lucchino: "It's unfortunate that it happens right out of the gate. Everyone wants a better start than that. But let's cool our jets a little until we get a little more data and a little more meaningful results."

Lucchino acknowledged that...

04/13/2012 - 12:24pm
Valentine: 'Holding my breath' on Beckett

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, asked about the challenges presented by a 13-man pitching staff, suggested that the team might reconsider its roster balance after Friday's game if starting pitcher Josh Beckett's right thumb is healthy. That said, Valentine made it sound as if he is not taking such an outcome for granted.

"After today’s game, [the 13-man pitching staff] could be more of a resolvable situation, but I’m still holding my breath making sure Josh is fine," said Valentine. "I was happy one time through the rotation, I was happy with the health and the ability of the starting staff. The extra pitcher was really protection against that situation."

That said, asked whether that meant that the thumb is an active cause of concern, Valentine tried to downplay the notion that the pitcher's health is in concern.

"It’s a moot point, but it’s a situation that was out there, right? He has...

04/13/2012 - 12:20pm
Crawford: 'A little setback' with elbow

Carl Crawford said Friday that he suffered a setback with his left (throwing) elbow that has pushed back his timetable for returning to spring training games. An MRI in Boston this week revealed a strained left elbow. 

"I just had to come up here and get my elbow checked I think it was best to be up here with the doctors for the next few days," Crawford said before Friday's home opener. "I'm not sure when I'm going back to Fort Myers but I should be heading back pretty soon. 

"This was the week I was scheduled to play games so it's just a little setback but hopefully I'll catch up. Just strained it a little bit and had to work on it a little bit. I was supposed to playing games this week so I guess I'll be playing next week, hopefully." 

Crawford said the latest setback was particularly frustrating since he had been making progress from arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist in January.

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04/13/2012 - 11:47am
Source: Koppen agrees to deal with Pats

A league source confirms that the Patriots and center Dan Koppen have agreed to a new two-year contract. The 32-year-old Koppen, a 2003 fifth round pick out of Boston College, has started 120 of 121 games over the nine years in New England. Koppen missed all but one game in 2011 with a fractured ankle. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/13/2012 - 10:13am
Lineup: McDonald, Shoppach in vs. Price

With left-hander David Price on the mound for the Rays, the Red Sox will feature a lineup with six right-handed hitters. Most notably, Darnell McDonald will get the start in left field, with Cody Ross shifting to right and Ryan Sweeney sitting. Kelly Shoppach will be behind the plate for Josh Beckett, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia sitting.

McDonald has enjoyed tremendous career success against Price, with a .350 average, .458 OBP, .800 slugging mark and two homers against him in 24 career plate appearances. Indeed, among hitters with at least 20 career plate appearances against Price, McDonald's 1.258 OPS is the highest.

For more on the matchup of Beckett vs. Price, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

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