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04/13/2011 - 2:47pm
Francona on Big Show: 'It's been awful'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show show Wednesday to talk about his club's struggles. 

At 2-9, the Sox have the worst record in baseball. Francona was asked if it's too early in the season to worry about the team's performance.

"I don't know, if it was 30 games and we were still struggling, I wouldn't throw in the towel," said Francona. "We're going to continue to fight. This is too good a team with too much potential. We had a horrendous first 10 games, I mean it's been awful. … It's our responsibility to find a way to fix it."

Starting pitching was a concern of some heading into the season, but many pegged the Sox lineup as the best in baseball. Through 11 games it has been anything but the juggernaut most expected, hitting just .230 with a .348 slugging percentage.

"It's probably your worst fear," said Francona of the slow offensive start. "Any...

04/13/2011 - 2:18pm
Sox-Rays postponed

Wednesday night's game between the Red Sox and Rays has been postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been announced. 

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.


04/13/2011 - 12:56pm
Mannix on M&M: Knicks good for C's

Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to talk about the upcoming playoffs.

Mannix said the Celtics have a favorable first-round matchup in the Knicks. Said Mannix: "I think going up against the Knicks for two reasons is good, because No. 1, the defense. They're not going to play a lot of it. Boston's going to get a lot of open looks. And I think their confidence will be restored in their offensive ability because of that.

"No. 2, I think the natural rivalry that exists. these two teams haven't' played [in the playoffs] in something like 21 years, but there still is a lot of bad blood between these two teams. There's a lot of a natural rivalry there. Paul Pierce has said repeatedly he loves playing and winning at Madison Square Garden. And I think the fire in this series is going to start to stir some of those competitive juices in the Celtics.

"I kind of think in a lot...

04/13/2011 - 12:26pm
Celtics open playoff series Sunday night

Game 1 of the Celtics first round playoff series with the Knicks is set for 7 p.m. on Sunday at TD Garden. The rest of the series will be finalized after the Western Conference matchups are set. The Game 1 schedule for the other East series is as follows:

Indiana at Chicago, Saturday 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, Saturday 3:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Orlando, Saturday 7 p.m.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


04/13/2011 - 11:47am
Gammons on M&M: Sox 'completely shocked'

Hall of Fame baseball reporter and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox' struggles.

Gammons speculated that the Red Sox will attempt to call off Wednesday's game early due to both the rain and the team's need for a break. "A couple of days of breathers wouldn't be a bad thing at this point," he said.

Regarding the 2-9 start, "I think everyone is completely shocked," Gammons said of the team's reaction, adding, "I don't get a sense of anger as much as, 'What in the world is going on here?' I liken it to what's going through Albert Pujols' mind when he's hitting about .170 right now, going, 'This is impossible.' A lot of weird things have happened."

Gammon said Daisuke Matsuzaka's performance on Monday appeared to show that the pitcher is frustrated with the team's request to throw more strikes. "It was one of the...

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