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08/23/2012 - 11:42am
Report: Four Sox attended Pesky's funeral
By: DJ Bean

According to the Boston Herald, only four Red Sox players attended Johnny Pesky's funeral on Monday in Swampscott. 

The report states that the Red Sox hired buses to take players and other team staff from Fenway Park to the church, but that only David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz, Vicente Padilla and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were spotted at the funeral. 

The story also says that "nearly the entire team" did attend Josh Beckett's Beckett Bowl later that night. 

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08/23/2012 - 9:19am
Lucchino: Don't know if McClure was leak

Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino, in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, discussed the reasons for the dismissal on Monday of pitching coach Bob McClure. Lucchino focused on the struggles of the pitching staff (the team has a 4.32 ERA that ranks 23rd in the majors, with the rotation now carrying a 4.89 ERA that is 26th in the big leagues).

"This is a performance-driven business," Lucchino said. "The instability of the starting pitching, the ineffectiveness of the starting pitcher has been our basic problem. You put that next to the epidemic of injuries, I think those are the two obvious points that one would turn to. So it was a question of performance. Now, in retrospect should we have done it earlier? Perhaps. But we did it when we came to the conclusion that the performance did not justify him remaining in that spot."

Still, while the pitching staff has struggled, Lucchino was also asked whether the team...

08/23/2012 - 8:07am
Mashup: Video of Girardi confronting fan

In Thursday's Morning Mashup we have video of Joe Girardi telling a White Sox fan off after the Yankees lost their third straight in Chicago. New York's lead in the AL East lead is down to the three games over the Rays, but the team isn't panicking. 

Via ESPN New York:

"Oh, is it down to three games?" Nick Swisher said.

Asked if he was worried, Swisher said, "No, not really. That's not my style. Maybe somebody else is, but not me, man. I know the talent we have in here and I know what we're capable of doing. It's just not coming out right now."

Also in Thursday's Morning Mashup: Boomer Esiason thinks Tim Tebow is a third string quarterback, Brandon McCarthy's wife is hilarious, and much more. Check it out at the Out of Bounds blog.


08/22/2012 - 11:27pm
Scarnecchia backs Solder, Cannon

Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia offered a passionate defense of young tackles Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon on Wednesday, saying that “all young tackles struggle on plays and protections in this league” while talking about the second-year Solder, who has taken over at the left tackle spot for Matt Light, who retired following the 2011 season.

“I think Nate Solder’s a better player today than he was all of last year. So you figure that out,” Scarnecchia told reporters. “Next question.”

Scarnecchia recalled the rookie year of Matt Light, who replaced four-time All Pro Bruce Armstrong in 2001.

“I think all young tackles struggle on plays in protection in this league,” Scarnecchia told reporters. “Just do a little thinking. Who did Matt Light replace? Bruce Armstrong. Did any of you think it would be easy? Did you think [Light] had any problems with it...

08/22/2012 - 10:25pm
Falling fast: Buchholz hit hard in loss

Clay Buchholz was tagged for seven runs and a season-high 12 hits as the Angels handed the Red Sox their third straight loss, 7-3, Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Buchholz, who has been the clear ace of the Red Sox staff this season, gave up seven runs for the second time this season and the first time since allowing eighth hits and seven runs in his first start of the season on April 8 in Detroit.  

The 12 hits allowed also matched a career high for Buchholz, tying his 12 hits surrendered on April 26, 2011 in Baltimore. Buchholz lost for the first time since July 14 at Tampa Bay and just the second time in nine decisions dating back to May 16. Scott Podsednik had three hits in the losing cause for the Red Sox, who fell to 59-65. It's the first time they've been six under .500 since they were 13-19 on May 11. 

Maicer Izturis had three hits for the Angels (66-60) who won their second straight after a four-game losing streak. ...

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