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05/07/2010 - 4:34pm
Gammons: A lot decided next eight weeks

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Peter Gammons said that he believes "a lot will be decided in the next eight weeks" regarding the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rays. Gammons suggested that all three teams have issues that could derail them, with the Yankees' age, the Rays' youth, and the Sox' designated hitter conundrum all serving as possible obstacles. "All three teams have a lot of questions to be answered between now and the end of July," the Hall of Famer said. Gammons said that there is an argument to be made that Yankees' outfielder Brett Gardner is comparable with Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox, and that the Sox showed interest in acquiring pitcher Javier Vazquez from Atlanta prior to the Yankees scooping him up last offseason.

 

Gammons noted that after talking with some with the Yankees it is believed that Mariano Rivera might be able to pitch in the three-game series at Fenway Park, although it is unlikely...

05/07/2010 - 4:31pm
Tito: Cameron 'doing well'

Terry Francona said on Friday that center fielder Mike Cameron, out since April 18 with an abdominal tear, could be ready to begin a rehab assignment next week.

 

 

“Cam is doing well," said Francona. "He’ll go out there today and go through his progressions again, the hitting and the group and everything. He will sit tonight with the medical people – [Dr.] Tom Gill will be here – it's probably getting to the point where we are talking about going to play some games on rehab, possibly at the beginning of the week.”

 

 

 

 


05/07/2010 - 3:43pm
Lineups: Ortiz, Varitek in, Martinez out

David Ortiz returns to the lineup for the Red Sox in Friday night's series-opener vs. the Yankees. With Ortiz in the DH spot and Jason Varitek getting the start behind the plate, Victor Martinez has the night off. 

 

For the Yankees, Jorge Posada is once again out of the lineup with a strained calf. He has not played since May 4. Francisco Cervelli will get the start in his place.

 

Red Sox:

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Drew, 9

Youkilis, 3

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Hermida, 7

Varitek, 2

McDonald, 8

Beckett -- SP

 

Yankees:

 

Jeter, 6

Johnson, DH

Teixeira, 3

Rodriguez, 5

Cano, 4

Swisher, 9

Gardner, 8

Cervelli, 2

Winn, 7

Hughes -- sp


05/07/2010 - 3:10pm
Lackey: Criticism of Ortiz 'eye-opening'

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey called in to The Big Show Friday afternoon and talked about beating his former team in his last outing. "You want to beat your boys about as much as anything," he said of Wednesday's win over the Angels.

 

Asked why the Angels did not meet the Red Sox' offer when Lackey was a free agent, he said the team did make "a run" at retaining him. "The money was around the same, honestly," he said. "It was more so I might have gotten an extra year over here. I was in a situation where I had two great options. And I chose to come out here. My wife -- it was kind of a family decision. We wanted a new challenge, to move on and check something new out."

 

Lackey said Boston fans have lived up to their reputation since he's been here. "We were talking about it in the clubhouse the other night," he said. "It's a different vibe every night. Over there, people...

05/07/2010 - 12:26pm
B's Stuart medically cleared for Game 4

PHILADELPHIA -- Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart has been medically cleared for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers Friday at the Wachovia Center. Stuart will be a game-time decision after missing the last month with cellulitis in his left hand. Stuart has been skating with the team for the last week but had not yet received the go-ahead from team doctors to participate in game action. 

 

"He is a game-time decisions, he is feeling much better. He has been cleared medically to play if need be so now it is one of those decisions that we have to make and a game-time decision will be made in his case," coach Claude Julien said Friday morning.

 

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