MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon to talk about the Red Sox on Opening Day at Fenway Park. Millar isn't too concerned with the Red Sox' 0-6 start.
"This team's good. They're going to be fine," he said. "They've gotten off to a tough start. OK, great. They're coming back home. They're coming back to their music. They're digging in their batter's box. And if you're the Yankees, you'd better take advantage of them right now. If you're the Red Sox, the Yankees are coming to town at almost the right time, because this team will be good.
"I don't care what anybody says. They pitch, they have bullpen and their offense … when that heats up there in Fenway Park, they're going to score runs 'til the sun goes down."
Millar said the Sox' biggest concern is the batting order. "I don't think they know where to hit everybody," Millar said,...
Red Sox skipper Terry Francona knows everyone at Fenway Park will have a special feeling today but admitted Friday morning that it would be a lot better if the team we're playing well and not 0-6.
"Home openers are so cool for anybody that likes baseball," Francona said. "I'd be lying a little bit if I [didn't] say we're not happy with where we're at. So that takes a little fun out of the pageantry. We have to remind ourselves it is a long year and it's our responsiblity to make it good and not to be hanging our heads and be pouting and feel sorry for ourselves. But I do think think things like Opening Day are...
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...
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...
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
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