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04/08/2011 - 11:35am
Doubront recalled, Reyes DFA'd

The Red Sox recalled left-hander Felix Doubront Friday and designated Dennys Reyes for assignment, one of two moves made to try and improve a bullpen that has struggled in the first six games of the season.

"It was obviously a pretty short look," said Terry Francona of the Sox stint for Reyes, who had a 16.20 ERA in his four appearances. "It's hard to have a lefty, one lefty, that wasn't throwing the ball over the plate. We love Doubront -- he wasn't ready to pitch when we left -- so I think getting Felix here is something we're excited about. I know it was a short leash with Dennys but we need to try and win some games."

Doubront was shut down for a couple of weeks in spring training with elbow tightness, which was a key factor in his starting the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, but Francona said he spoke to the 23-year-old and was told that he was "ready to go."

Matt Albers (strained lat) was also placed...

04/08/2011 - 11:04am
Albers: Lat injury 'came out of nowhere'

 Speaking before Friday's game against the Yankees at Fenway Park, Red Sox reliever Matt Albers said the injury to his right lat -- which led to the pitcher going on the 15-day disabled list -- "pretty much came out of nowhere." Albers explained that he didn't feel the tightness in the muscle until he was warming up for his relief outing Tuesday, with the ailment getting worse the next morning.

"When I was warming up it sort of grabbed a little bit," he said. "The next day it was sore and a little weak. I don't think it's super serious, but rest is the only thing you can do right now.

"I didn't know what to expect, if I was going to bounce back really quick, a couple of days or a couple of weeks. the last couple of days it's felt a lot better. It kind of sucks. It's just one of those things where I never dealt with it before."

Albers classifies the trip to the D.L., which included Alfredo Aceves being...

04/08/2011 - 10:37am
Sox lineup: Crawford batting leadoff

Carl Crawford will beat leadoff when the Red Sox take on the Yankees in their home opener Friday afternoon. Crawford has bounced around from third to seventh to second in his six games with Boston, and he's hitting .174 on the young season. Jacoby Ellsbury, batting .167, will be dropped to eighth as manager Terry Francona continues to tinker with the order.

Here is the Sox lineup for the 2:05 start at Fenway against Phil Hughes:

Carl Crawford, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
J.D. Drew, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Marco Scutaro, SS

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/08/2011 - 9:53am
Poll: Should fans cheer or boo Sox?

Dustin Pedroia called on Red Sox Nation to be fully behind the team when the Sox host the Yankees in their home opener Friday afternoon. "We need those those fans more than ever right now," he said after the Sox fell to 0-6 with Thursday's loss to the Indians.

Will you answer Pedroia's call, or do you think the team deserves some boos for its embarrassing start? Even if you aren't heading to the park, you can make your voice be heard in our poll at the Full Count blog.


04/08/2011 - 8:38am
Lucchino on D&C: 'Little patience is required'

Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino stopped by for a visit with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning at Fenway Park as the team prepares for its home opener against the Yankees. The Red Sox take an 0-6 record into the game.

"No one anticipated this kind of start because it is so rare a team starts like this," Lucchino said. "But it certainly is far too early to throw in the towel, and we are certainly not doing that. We are too good a team to play at this level."

Lucchino agreed that the team could have benefited from more competition for jobs in spring training. "I do love competition. I do think it's slightly better to keep people hungry than to keep them happy," he said. "We try to do both when the situation presents itself."

Lucchino took a jab at those who predicted smooth sailing for the Sox this season. "What interests me about this season is that a few weeks ago the media was...

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