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04/13/2012 - 11:20am
Crawford: 'A little setback' with elbow

Carl Crawford said Friday that he suffered a setback with his left (throwing) elbow that has pushed back his timetable for returning to spring training games. An MRI in Boston this week revealed a strained left elbow. 

"I just had to come up here and get my elbow checked I think it was best to be up here with the doctors for the next few days," Crawford said before Friday's home opener. "I'm not sure when I'm going back to Fort Myers but I should be heading back pretty soon. 

"This was the week I was scheduled to play games so it's just a little setback but hopefully I'll catch up. Just strained it a little bit and had to work on it a little bit. I was supposed to playing games this week so I guess I'll be playing next week, hopefully." 

Crawford said the latest setback was particularly frustrating since he had been making progress from arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist in January.

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04/13/2012 - 10:47am
Source: Koppen agrees to deal with Pats

A league source confirms that the Patriots and center Dan Koppen have agreed to a new two-year contract. The 32-year-old Koppen, a 2003 fifth round pick out of Boston College, has started 120 of 121 games over the nine years in New England. Koppen missed all but one game in 2011 with a fractured ankle. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/13/2012 - 9:13am
Lineup: McDonald, Shoppach in vs. Price

With left-hander David Price on the mound for the Rays, the Red Sox will feature a lineup with six right-handed hitters. Most notably, Darnell McDonald will get the start in left field, with Cody Ross shifting to right and Ryan Sweeney sitting. Kelly Shoppach will be behind the plate for Josh Beckett, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia sitting.

McDonald has enjoyed tremendous career success against Price, with a .350 average, .458 OBP, .800 slugging mark and two homers against him in 24 career plate appearances. Indeed, among hitters with at least 20 career plate appearances against Price, McDonald's 1.258 OPS is the highest.

For more on the matchup of Beckett vs. Price, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

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04/13/2012 - 9:11am
Cherington on D&C: Sox need more time

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning from Fenway Park, hours before the first pitch of the home opener against the Rays. The Sox return home after a rough start to the season, with one win in six games, but Cherington is preaching patience.

"I think there's that old adage that says you take the first two months to figure out what your team needs, then the next two months to try to fix it, then the last two months to watch," he said. "I think in a place like Boston that's probably a little bit too simple. But we need some more time. I don't know if it's two months, but we need some more time. Bobby and I were talking yesterday, and he reminded me that if this were a football season we'd be at halftime of the first game.

"We've just got to keep playing. We had a tough road trip. And we knew it was going to be tough going into the season, going into Detroit, a team with a ton of...

04/13/2012 - 8:31am
Kay on D&C: Valentine 'tough to figure out'

Yankees television broadcaster Michael Kay joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to talk about the controversy surrounding his weekly discussion with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Kay's New York radio show. Valentine's decision to appear on the show did not go over well with many in Boston, and New Yorkers have criticized Kay's station for having the Red Sox bench boss as a regular guest.

"I think it's ridiculous," Kay said of the criticism. "If I was just a fan, I would want Bill Belichick on our air. I'm sure you guys would want Rex Ryan on your air."

Valentine did not respond well to some questions from D&C during an appearance Wednesday, one week after a similarly contentious interview on The Big Show.

"That's just vintage Bobby," Kay said. "I'm no one to give advice on how to deal with Bobby, but I'll tell you this: We didn't get along for a lot of years. Bobby, if he doesn't know you,...

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