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05/07/2011 - 12:10pm
Francona: Pedroia staying put in order

Red Sox manager Terry Francona has had a good deal of success moving players around in his batting order until they find they comfort zone and get hot. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are clear examples of that this season but Francona said before Saturday's contest against Minnesota that he has no such plans for Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox second baseman has just six hits in 53 at-bats in his last 13 games as his average has dropped to .235 on the season. 

"Nah, I'd like to leave him where he is. I've been around him long enough to know that he will get every bit as hot as he got cold," Francona said of Pedroia in the No. 2 spot in the order. "I know my job is to remain positive but this is an easy one. I thought with Carl being new, I thought he was feeling it a little bit. I understand that, it's human nature. I thought it would help him. And Carl's going to really get going."

Pedroia, who got the day off on Thursday,...

05/07/2011 - 11:38am
Crawford: No regrets about signing with Sox

Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, in an interview with WEEI's Sports Saturday Show, said that he had not second-guessed his decision to sign with the Red Sox this winter. The 29-year-old suggested that he is a creature of such routine that he feels there would have been an adjustment period no matter where he had gone, and so he said that it was less about where he signed than it was a matter of changing cities at all that had helped lay the groundwork for his early-season struggles.

"I didn’t ever think I made the wrong decision," said Crawford. "It never crossed my mind because any way it had gone it would have been a new place. I’m pretty sure I would have went through these struggles this first month wherever I had gone just because it was new and I had to get used to it. That thought never ran across my mind. I know people are probably thinking that, but for me, I’ve never struggled like this before, but I know...

05/07/2011 - 11:14am
Francona: Haven't heard from MLB

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Saturday's game he hasn't heard from Major League Baseball about any disciplinary action as a result of his run-in with umpire crew chief Joe West after getting tossed from Friday night's game. 

"I think things are probably done a little differently now than they were," Francona said. "I don't know what the exact protocol would be."

Francona was ejected in the second inning by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing a step-balk call on Tim Wakefield, a ruling like balls and strikes that doesn't allow for any debate or arguing by the manager. Francona got very heated when West physically stepped in front of Francona and put his hands on him to keep him from getting to Hernandez. Francona said Saturday he's put the episode behind him. 

"You have to," Francona said. "There's probably two or three times a year where I don't and it ends up bogging me...

05/07/2011 - 10:40am
Shaq does shootaround, likely to play

Shaquille O'Neal made it through two practice sessions and participated in the team's morning shootaround on Saturday and looks ready to go for Game 3 of the Celtics playoff series with the Heat, which resumes Saturday night at the Garden. Shaq didn't speak with reporters although he was spotted in practice gear as the team left the floor. 

Rajon Rondo was the only member of the team to speak with the press and he expressed confidence. "This is a confident group of guys," he said. "It’s not the same [team] as the last two or three years but it’s still confident. If I didn’t [have confidence] we’d be planning vacations right now. I don’t have any plans." 

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05/07/2011 - 10:20am
Chiarelli: Bergeron has 'mild concussion'

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed Saturday morning that Patrice Bergeron is dealing with the effects of another concussion.

Bergeron, who missed nearly a full year after a severe concussion when hit by former Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones in Oct. 2007, collided with Claude Giroux with 17:30 remaining in the third period of Friday's Game 4 win over the Flyers. He did not return and Chiarelli indicated he is likely to miss the start of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay, with rookie Tyler Seguin getting the chance to take his spot on the roster. 

"Patrice suffered a mild concussion," Chiarelli said Saturday. 

While the Bruins didn't release any information on the particulars of the injury, it appeared that Giroux's shoulder made contact with Bergeron's head. Bergeron slowly skated off the ice on his own power to finish his shift but didn't return. The Boston Globe initially reported...

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