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04/17/2010 - 5:12pm
Red Sox pre-game notes
By: DJ Bean

- Terry Francona confirmed prior to the conclusion of Friday night's game that Mike Cameron, who has not played since Wednesday, will return to the lineup in the second game. Cameron missed time due to a kidney stone, which has since passed. 

 

- Francona talked about the Rays' incessant base-stealing against Red Sox, saying "There's going to be guys like (Carl) Crawford -- some guys you can't stop. If we stop the guys we're supposed to stop, we're going to be OK."

 

- Should the Sox not score in the bottom of the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon will continue the game if he is available. In case he isn't -- a likelihood given that his wife is expecting the couple's second child today -- Daniel Bard will be called upon. 

 

- Francona defended David Ortiz, saying, "He's still getting into deep counts. I think there are some times he's still in between a little bit."

 

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04/17/2010 - 5:01pm
Ellsbury could return by mid-week
By: DJ Bean

Jacoby Ellsbury took 25 swings and threw the ball today in what Terry Francona called "by far his best day." Francona noted that swinging the bat was still the most painful part of Ellsbury's recovery and the left fielder admitted that he is still getting a sharp pain with deep breaths.

 

"I'm pretty happy with how today went," Ellsbury said, adding that he'd "like to hope [the middle of the week] would be a reasonable time" to return.

 

Ellsbury hasn't played since colliding with Adrian Beltre last Sunday in Kansas City. For more on the Red Sox, check the Full Count blog.  


04/17/2010 - 4:25pm
Papelbon or Bard to complete first game
By: DJ Bean

Terry Francona said prior to the completion of Friday night's 1-1 game with the Rays that the team's preference is for Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched the ninth inning, to remain in the game. The situation is complicated by the fact that he and his wife are expecting their second child today. If Papelbon is unavailable, Daniel Bard will get the call. For more Red Sox news, check the Full Count blog. 


04/17/2010 - 3:49pm
Bruins complete comeback to claim Game 2

Boston came back from a first period two-goal deficit to register its first win of the playoffs and tie its quarterfinal series against the Sabres at one game apiece with a 5-3 win at HSBC Arena in a matinee match in Buffalo. Tuukka Rask registered his first career playoff win with 26 saves while Ryan Miller took the loss by allowing four goals on 30 Bruins shots. 

 

Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara each netted two goals for Boston, while Jason Pominville, Tyler Myers and Matt Ellis tallied for the Sabres. Mark Recchi scored an empty net goal for the final margin.

 

For more on how the game played out, visit the Big Bad Blog.


04/17/2010 - 3:11pm
Embree's opt-out date now April 30

According to a team source, relief pitcher Alan Embree has agreed to push the opt-out date on the minor league contract he signed with the Red Sox during spring training back from April 15 to April 30. If Embree is not on the Red Sox' 25-man roster by that date, he would then have the right to become a free agent.

 

Embree has pitched in four games for the PawSox, allowing three runs on two hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out three. Pawtucket Red Sox radio broadcaster Dan Hoard was the first to report the news.


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