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06/15/2010 - 6:30pm
Doubront likely to start for Sox Friday

According to sources familiar with the situation, left-hander Felix Doubront is likely to make his major league debut on Friday, getting a start for the Red Sox in place of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm strain. While that decision is not final, all signs point to the 22-year-old getting the call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

Doubront is 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts in Triple-A following his promotion from Double-A Portland, where he was 4-0 with a 2.51 ERA. Between the two levels, he has punched out 54 and walked 22 in 59 2/3 innings. The PawSox activated him from the seven-day disabled list on Tuesday, after a stint on the sidelines due to what was described as a shin contusion.

 

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06/15/2010 - 4:25pm
Neely to be named Bruins president
By: DJ Bean

WEEI has confirmed a report that the Bruins, who are set to hold a press conference Wednesday at 2 p.m., will name current vice president Cam Neely president of the club. Neely, who has been a part of the team's front office since September of 2007, had 590 points in 10 seasons with the Bruins. The story was first reported by Comcast SportsNet.


06/15/2010 - 3:36pm
Lineups: Youkilis back vs. Kennedy
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has missed time recently due to back spasms and being hit in the elbow, is back in the lineup as the Sox take on the 26-38 Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway. Catcher Victor Martinez is the only Red Sox hitter to have had an at-bat in his career against Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Daniel Nava, LF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. Victor Martinez, C

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Adrian Beltre, 3B

8. Bill Hall, SS

9. Mike Cameron, CF

SP -- Clay Buccholz

 

For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page or check out the Full Count blog. 


06/15/2010 - 12:44pm
Francona on D&H: Parade or riot for Manny?

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly conversation on the Dale & Holley Show, took stock of his time with former Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez as he looked ahead to the slugger's return to Fenway Park with the Dodgers this weekend.

 

"I have no idea how this is going to be. This will be one of the more interesting returns, probably, in the history of the game," said Francona. "It could range anywhere from them throwing a parade to a riot. You just don't know."

 

In parts of eight seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez hit 274 homers and hit .312 with a .411 OBP, .588 slugging mark and .999 OPS while driving in 868 runs. He also created more than a couple of managerial headaches, but Francona chose to emphasize what his former star did when on the field.

 

"There’s no getting around what Manny did for us. I don’t know that I really want to. This guy was one...

06/15/2010 - 12:15pm
Scutaro to sit, Nava to lead off

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley Show, said that shortstop Marco Scutaro would not be in the lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday due to "a little procedure ... to alleviate some of the stress on his neck that everyone is talking about." Francona said that the procedure was conducted on the off-day on Monday, and that the Sox wanted to use the off-day to give the shortstop a couple of days of rest.

 

"He's done a terrific job of playing through a lot of aches and pains," said Francona.

 

With Scutaro out, outfielder Daniel Nava will make his third straight start and hit leadoff. Francona said that the outfielder sees a lot of pitches and swings at strikes, making him a good fit for the role, particularly given that J.D. Drew is not uncomfortable leading off.

 

"We're going to ride the Nava wave," Francona said...

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