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04/11/2011 - 3:26pm
Crawford leads off vs. his old team

Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford rarely batted leadoff while a member of the Rays. Indeed, he did so just once after April 2007 while still with Tampa Bay.

However, he will be occupying the first spot in the batting order for the fourth straight contest with his new club against as it faces his old one on Monday, as he looks to get his season on track following a challenging start that has seen him hit .132 without a single extra-base hit in his first nine games in Boston. This will mark the first time that Crawford has played the Rays in the regular season.


Crawford, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Ellsbury, CF
Scutaro, SS

Matsuzaka, SP

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04/11/2011 - 2:18pm
Fred Taylor: I'm 'basically retired' from NFL

Running back Fred Taylor, who was with the Patriots the last two seasons, told the Gainesville Sun on Monday that he's "basically retired" from football.

The 35-year-old Taylor struggled to stay healthy in his two seasons with New England, as he was hobbled by a series of injuries that forced him to miss 19 of 32 regular-season games while with the Patriots. In two years in New England, Taylor has 106 carries for 424 yards and two touchdowns.

In 13 seasons, the Florida product has compiled some truly amazing numbers, with 2,534 carries (21st on the all-time list) and 11,695 yards (15th all-time). The Pro Bowler also average 4.6 yards per carry in his NFL career.

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04/11/2011 - 12:43pm
Chiarelli: Kampfer out at least two weeks
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in Monday's conference call that rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer will be out for at least two weeks after sustaining a knee injury while playing for Providence on Saturday. Kampfer left the contest vs. Springfield after trying to return to the ice for another shift. 

"Steven injured his knee and is going to be evaluated in the next couple of days," Chiarelli said. "My guess is he'll be gone for at least two weeks."

Kampfer played in 38 games for Boston this season, but figured to be a healthy scratch in the playoffs given that he played just once (March 31) following a rough game in Nashville in which a defensive lapse and a penalty in overtime played a major role in the Predators' come-from-behind win over the B's. He was sent to Providence on April 6 to get more game action. 

With Kampfer out for at least the first round of the playoffs, Shane Hnidy is clearly the...

04/11/2011 - 10:11am
Hershiser on D&C: Beckett 'decided to fight'

ESPN baseball analyst Orel Hershiser joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Red Sox following Sunday night's 4-0 shutout of the Yankees.

Josh Beckett had his most impressive outing a long time in Sunday's victory. Hershiser, the former Dodgers star who himself battled injuries during his career, said he thinks Beckett is learning how to become a different pitcher.

"Back problems, arm problems, they can get into your mechanics," Hershiser said. "They can also get into your confidence. They can also get into your aggressiveness. … That creeps into where you are as a person and competing. And I think the fact that he was home, that the Red Sox needed a win, that they were playing the Yankees, that the adrenaline was so great, that you forget that you are hurt. You get to that fight-or-flight mentality, and he decided to fight.

"And his mechanics were much better. He wasn't tilting back...

04/11/2011 - 8:33am
Faxon on D&C: Tiger 'going to find his way'

PGA golfer and analyst Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Masters. South African Charl Schwartzel finished with birdies in his final four holes Sunday to win his first Masters at age 26.

"If you don't like golf, you wouldn't have liked that. That was an unbelievable day," Faxon said. "[Jack Nicklaus' win in 1986] might have been the best one to watch. This one was a close second."

Rory McIlroy had one of the tournament's greatest collapses in the final round, but Faxon said McIlroy has the right demeanor to overcome such a disappointment. "The guy's 21 years old. He's going to forget about this stuff pretty quickly," Faxon said. "I'm sure he had a pint last night with a few of his buddies, and he's gone. … He walked off this [course] kind of smiling and laughing. Rory McIlroy is going to be fine. This is definitely not the last we've heard from him."


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