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06/05/2012 - 8:08pm
Matsuzaka allows one run in 40-pitch outing

Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his most recent rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket, Tuesday night, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two and walking a pair. The outing against the Indianapolis Indians saw Matsuzaka throw 40 pitches, 22 of which were strikes.

Prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles, Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the plan was for Matsuzaka to go three innings. There was some thought that the pitcher's next appearance would be in the place of Daniel Bard, who was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday. Valentine, however, wouldn't commit to the Saturday start for Matsuzaka.

"He has felt great," Valentine said. "We’ll see how that goes in this three-inning stint tonight."

In his last two outings, Matsuzaka allowed just one run and three hits over a combined 10 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking one. In seven total rehab appearances coming into Tuesday, the...

06/05/2012 - 8:01pm
Bosh active, Heat tweak starting lineup

MIAMI -- Miami forward Chris Bosh is active for tonight's Game 5, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Bosh won't start and that if he plays, "He'll come in at some point in the rotation in a short bursts, and that's all it would be."

Spoelstra said Bosh will play most of his minutes at center but he will start Udonis Haslem at the position, making him the third different center to start for the Heat in the series. The Celtics have been preparing for Bosh to play since the series began.

"It just gives them another weapon," Doc Rivers said. "My guess is it's pretty easy to know when Kevin [Garnett's] coming out of the game and my guess is they'll probably put him in right when Kevin's coming out. We're ready either way, honestly. We don't care one way or the other. We have to be ready to play the Miami Heat tonight and not worry about who's on the floor."

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06/05/2012 - 6:15pm
Sox pick Marrero hopes to follow Pedroia

Shortstop Deven Merrero, taken by the Red Sox in the first round (No. 24 overall) of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday, said that he hopes to follow the same fast track to Boston that Arizona State predecessor Dustin Pedroia. Like Marrero, Pedroia was taken with the Red Sox' top pick in a draft, and after signing in 2004, he was in the major leagues to stay by the end of the 2006 campaign.

"I met Dustin a couple times. He trains out there at ASU and always comes by to alumni games. I met him a couple times, and it’s just awesome to have him as a guideline. He’s a great guy and a great one to follow," Marrero, 21, said in a conference call. "He’s a unique player. I'd like to put myself in his category and hopefully do what he did. Hopefully everything goes right and I get a chance to do what he did."

Marrero suffered a difficult season as a junior. Arizona State was banned from taking part in...

06/05/2012 - 5:09pm
Valentine: Bard needs to fix mechanics
By: DJ Bean

Bobby Valentine said prior to Tuesday night's game against the Orioles that mechanics were ultimately what led to the Red Sox optioning starting pitcher Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket.

"Last time out, he had a real tough time locating his pitches," Valentine said in reference in Bard's six walks and two hit batters over 1 2/3 innings. "… He's been struggling with his mechanics."

Bard leads the Red Sox with 37 walks, a number that is tied for sixth highest in the majors. In 11 appearances (10 starts) this season, the 26-year-old is 5-6 with a 5.24 earned run average and 34 strikeouts. His velocity has also been down this season, something that the manager called "part of the mechanical mystery."

Valentine said that Bard thought that an assignment to the minors wasn't necessary and that he could solve his mechanical issues "on the fly," but after meeting with general manager Ben Cherington on...

06/05/2012 - 3:50pm
Sox option Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket

The Red Sox sent pitcher Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, two days after his most recent disappointing start for the club. The team also activated Darnell McDonald, who has been out since early last month, from the disabled list.

Bard, who was a successful setup man in the last three seasons, was converted to a starter for this season but has struggled since making the move. In 11 appearances (10 starts) this season, the 26-year-old is 5-6 with a 5.24 earned run average, 34 strikeouts and a team-leading 37 walks. His walk total is tied for sixth in the majors. 

In his most recent start, Bard lasted just 1 2/3 innings, walking six batters and hitting two more in allowing five earned runs in a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday.

McDonald has been on the disabled list with a right oblique strain since May 13.  

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