Speaking to reporters at Tropicana Field prior to Monday night's game between the Red Sox and Rays, Sox manager Terry Francona said the team wanted to give Mike Cameron a day off between his minor league rehab and his major league return and that the center fielder would be in the lineup on Tuesday. Cameron, who has been out since April 18 due to an abdominal tear, combined to hit .333 with six homers and 8 RBI during his rehab at Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jed Lowrie, who was diagnosed with mono in March and began the season on the 60-day DL, is also with the team and will be taking grounders before heading to Boston for checkup.
Josh Beckett, on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, will have one more session of flat-ground throwing before moving to a mound and eventually being activated for a start against the Athletics on June 3.
The Red Sox sent shortstop Angel Sanchez to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled reliever Scott Atchison prior to their series-opener with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. Sanchez, 26, went hitless in three at-bats Thursday against the Twins. Atchison had a 6.10 ERA in seven games with the Red Sox in April and was 5-3 with a 1.70 ERA pitching as a reliever in Japan for Hanshin last season. For more on the Red Sox, check the Full Count Blog.
In an online chat Monday afternoon at NFLPlayers.com, National Football League Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said there is a “substantial threat of a lockout” in 2011, pointing to three factors that make him believe the NFL could be headed for a stoppage.
“The NFL renegotiated the [TV] contracts to give them $4B of lockout insurance; they have renegotiated assistant coaches contracts to envision a lockout and hired the same guy who locked out hockey for a year,” wrote Smith.
“If that were the only three things, out there, it would be significant, but when you add that they have not given us anything that would suggest that teams are losing money; I have to be concerned for our fans and players that there will be a lockout.”
Smith said the two sides continue to talk, but he hopes they can pick up the pace.
“We are continuing to discuss the new...
Jason Varitek, the only current Red Sox player with a homer against Wade Davis under his belt, will be on the bench when the Red Sox begin their three-game set with the Rays Monday night in Tampa Bay. The Red Sox enter the series 8.5 games behind the Rays, who lead the majors with a 32-12 record.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Adrian Beltre, 3B
8. Jeremy Hermida, LF
9. Marco Scutaro, SS
-- Clay Buchholz, SP
For the batter/pitcher matchups for tonight's game, check the Full Count Blog.
Windsor left winger Taylor Hall, widely assumed to be selected in the top two picks in this summer's NHL draft, helped power the Spitfires to a 9-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings in the MasterCard Memorial Cup finals Sunday night. Hall, ranked behind Plymouth center Tyler Seguin by NHL Central Scouting, had six points (4 goals) in the tournament and was named Memorial Cup MVP for the second straight season following the victory. Though Hall has naturally been linked to the Bruins, who hold the draft's second choice thanks to the Phil Kessel trade, his stock could be on the rise given that he and the Spitfires swept Seguin's Whalers in the second round of the playoffs earlier this month. Hall and Seguin each totaled 106 points during the regular season. For more on the Bruins, check the Big Bad Blog.
Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
Adam Schefter breaks down the Patriots and Darrelle Revis, Russel Wilson and the Seahawks, and Jay Cutler and the Bears
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
We discuss another impressive win by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and think long term for the 2014 season about whether or not the Patriots will have enough firepower to beat the Broncos in crunch time: the playoffs.
We tackle four topics that pit Boston against Chicago in one form or another.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
Sausage and Lumpy, the producers for the D&C show, recorded a podcast yesterday. They left A LOT of stuff on the cutting room floor. Luckily, MFB picked it all up and played the unedited version during the midday show. Kirk joined the show to discuss how hard it is working with Callahan and his two producers.More from this show
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