Felix Doubront threw two scoreless innings in his debut as a reliever in Pawtucket's 5-4 win over Durham Tuesday. He pitched the sixth and seventh innings for the Paw Sox and struck out two while allowing just one hit. His other four outs came on the ground. He threw 14 of his 18 pitches for strikes, adding to an already impressive pitching line.
Doubront had made 113 starts in the Red Sox organization, including two at the major league level, before making his first appearance out of the bullpen in Tuesday's win. The hope is that Doubront can gain experience out of the bullpen at the Triple-A level before being utilized in that role by Boston during the upcoming stretch run.
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At long last, Mike Lowell has been activated by the Red Sox and will make the start at first base in Tuesday night's matchup with the Indians. In a corresponding move, Kevin Youkilis was put on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his hand in at-bat during Monday's loss. Victor Martinez had originally been placed at first base with Kevin Cash catching, but Terry Francona put up a second draft of Tuesday's lineup after the roster moves were made. Below is the final draft of the Sox starting lineup:
SP -- Beckett
Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, back in Triple-A Pawtucket for a third rehab game, went 3-for-5 with a pair of singles (one to left, one to right), a double, a run scored and an RBI. He added a pair of lineouts as the designated hitter for the PawSox.
In three games with the PawSox, he is 7-for-14 (.500). The Red Sox said yesterday that Ellsbury would play in Pawtucket on Tuesday and then be re-evaluated on Wednesday to determine what the appropriate next step would be in his return from his non-displaced rib fractures.
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Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday afternoon and talked about the much-maligned Boston bullpen. Farrell remains confident that the existing group of relievers can do what's needed to get the Sox back into the AL East race. "Right now, we feel like this is the group that will close the 6 1/2-game game that we're staring at," he said.
As for closer Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save Sunday for the fifth time this season, Farrell said: "While it's easy to point to some of the miscues that might have been there, he's still one of the top three or four closers in the game, and I'd hate to see where we'd be without him."
Speaking about Tuesday's night's starter, Josh Beckett, Farrell said the team brought him along slowly and now has no reason to be concerned about his back. "When he goes to the mound, we look at him as if the back issue wasn't there...
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Kyle Arrington, filing in for Devin MCcourty, previews Pats-Broncos
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Happy birthday Kirk!!!!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
MFB and the callers wish a very Happy 40th Birthday to Kirk Minihane
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Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.
Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.
We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The playoffs are here and we are ready! Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about the Revs vs the Crew. We also talk about the newest addition to the MLS.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
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