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06/08/2011 - 3:23pm
Francona: Ortiz 'can handle himself'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined The Big Show for his weekly chat and touched on a number of subjects including the health of Clay Buchholz and Bobby Jenks, how Jonathan Papelbon's impending suspension affects the team, as well as the impact of David Ortiz's bat flip after he hit a home run in the Sox' 6-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday, which drew the ire of Yankee manager Joe Girardi.

"I don't think it matters. We've got [Tim Wakefield] going. He'll handle it," Francona joked. "David's a big boy. He can handle himself. I don't know if there's any difference in somebody hitting a home run and looking in their dugout and waving or something like that. David's a big boy he can handle himself."

Asked about unwritten baseball rules, Francona responded, "I don't know about the unwritten rules. I think the people who are writing these rules aren't in the game. I don't know who's writing them. I think there a lot of...

06/08/2011 - 2:54pm
Melrose on M&M: Not a dirty hit on Horton

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to talk about the Stanley Cup finals and Wednesday night's Game 4.

Asked if he would be sitting with the Green Men at the game, Melrose joked: "I stay away from the Green Men. I can’t even believe they got into the country. I’m a little embarrassed about letting those guys in."

He added: "We keep al-Qaida out, but we let these two guys in? What’s that all about?"

Melrose said that the finger-taunting in Game 3 has helped made this series an exciting one. However, it may come back to bite Boston in Game 4.

"I think [Alexandre] Burrows should’ve been suspended," Melrose said. "I said that from Day 1. I think that if he would’ve been suspended that would’ve put away the finger crap. But I like the finger stuff. I thought it was funny. I had some fun with it. It’...

06/08/2011 - 2:08pm
Gammons on M&M: Yankees might retaliate

Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox, who started a three-game series in New York with a 6-4 victory over the Yankees Tuesday night.

Jon Lester got the win, but he did not look overpowering. Said Gammons: "It's a tough period in overthrowing. I think at times, he's reaching back so much that he's getting his delivery out of whack early on. When he rocks back, sometimes he rocks back so far he just gets out of that delivery. And also I also think at times, he's become so cutter happy. Rather than thinking about being able to use all four of his pitches, I think he's trying to become too much of a power guy and overthrows, then throws that cutter, cutter, cutter.

"But the good thing is that he hasn't been losing while he's been in this period. I was thinking about this last night, watching him. He never gives in. And that may be part of his personality. He is so...

06/08/2011 - 12:36pm
Vigneault: We talked to league about Thomas
By: DJ Bean

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault expressed frustration with Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas Wednesday, saying that he has spoken to the NHL about the way Thomas plays outside the crease and initiates contact with players. He also had a problem with Thomas' hit on Vancouver center Henrik Sedin in the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, a hit that occurred in the crease.

"We've asked the league, obviously," Vigneault said. "Part of Thomas' way of playing is playing out of the blue paint, initiating contact, roaming out there. He seems to think that once he's out, he's set and makes the save, that he can go directly back in his net without having anybody behind him. That's wrong. He's got the wrong rule on that. 

"If we're behind him, then that's our ice. We're allowed to stay there. We've talked to the NHL about that. We've talked to the NHL about him initiating contact, like he did on Hank, and they're aware of it....

06/08/2011 - 12:06pm
Julien: Seguin in, no comment on first line
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed Wednesday that rookie forward Tyler Seguin will be in the team's lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. Fellow rookie Jordan Caron will take warmups with the team. 

"I think people have a pretty good idea that Tyler will be back in the lineup," Julien said, "and if they didn't, they do now."

Seguin will be in the lineup in place of the concussed Nathan Horton. He has six points in nine postseason games, though all six came in his first two games. Asked whether he might share how he intends to replace Horton on the fourth line, Julien declined comment.

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