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04/20/2010 - 6:59pm
Surgery not ruled out for Cameron

Red Sox outfielders Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury both were placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Cameron was sidelined retroactive to April 19 with a lower abdominal strain, while Ellsbury's D.L. stint was made retroactive to April 12, the day after he absorbed a left chest contusion in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre.

 

"I had no choice. If it would have been anything else – shoulder, groin – I’d probably still try to play. But the fact of where this is located at, there’s nothing that you could possibly do," said Cameron. "Most people wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed, let alone play a baseball game. I was trying to play baseball, and my body just said that enough is enough – you can’t go no more. It had to literally lock me up for me to understand that, this is what it’s going to take for you to stop playing and that’s it."

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04/20/2010 - 5:59pm
Theo: 'Not time for excuses or sugar-coating'

Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series opener against the Rangers Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Sox' general manager Theo Epstein met with the media to discuss his team's 4-9 start. Epstein reiterated that the organization had to take 'ownership' of their struggles, and that he, assistant general manager Ben Cherington, the coaching staff and manager Terry Francona had met Tuesday to go through the entire roster in an attempt to find some solutions in regards to fixing the team's problems.

 

“It’s certainly not the time for excuses or sugarcoating it we’ve played bad baseball," Epstein said. "It’s a bad stretch of play and when you do that at the start of the season, it looks even worse. I don’t think this is about perception or optics. It’s just what it is. It’s been bad baseball. We haven’t played well. There are no excuses for how we’ve played. We haven’t played smart...

04/20/2010 - 5:40pm
McDonald joins team, Ellsbury to DL

Outfielder Darnell McDonald joined the Red Sox for their series opener against the Rangers, taking Jacoby Ellsbury's spot on the roster. Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a rib contusion. Ellsbury was slated to test his ribs in batting practice Tuesday afternoon. McDonald was hitting .341 at Triple A Pawtucket with two homers and a slugging percentage of .683. The 31-year-old right-handed hitter is batting .429 (6-for-14) against lefty pitching. McDonald was the 27th overall pick in the 1997 draft.


04/20/2010 - 5:18pm
Patriots 2010 schedule info leaking out

The 2010 NFL schedule will be announced at 7 p.m., but information on a few Patriots' games is starting to leak out. WDVE in Pittsburgh (the official radio station of the Steelers) posted a copy of the 2010 schedule on their site — which was quickly taken down — that revealed the Patriots will travel to face the Steelers at Heinz Field in a Sunday night matchup on Nov. 14. In addition, the Detroit News is confirming a report from earlier this spring that the Lions will host the Patriots on Thanksgiving. For more Patriots news, check out our blog, It Is What It Is.


04/20/2010 - 5:03pm
Francona: 'The results have been horrendous'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona suggested that he felt compelled to shake up the lineup after his team struggled deeply in recent days. With his club having scored just nine runs in its last five games (all losses), Francona moved Dustin Pedroia into the third spot in the batting order, with J.D. Drew moving to the second slot, and Victor Martinez (fifth), David Ortiz (sixth) and Adrian Beltre (seventh) all moving down.

 

“I think I said on Opening Day, if we were making changes, something isn’t going right. I do believe in being very patient. I think that is what helps players. At the same time, what we were doing wasn’t working,” said Francona. “Our hitting with runners in scoring position right now is zero. You can hit them anywhere you want. We just need to do better.”

 

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