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04/20/2012 - 9:10pm
Papi on Tito ovation: 'He earned that'

David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis were two Red Sox players that were very happy to see their former manager Terry Francona participate in Friday's celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Francona announced mid-week that he had changed his mind and would take part in the ceremony after initially refusing to participate. 

He came out of the center field garage after Kevin Millar and received the loudest ovation of the day. 

“I was like, ‘Man, I got a nice ovation. How you doin’?’ Then I heard this, ‘Whooooooo.’ It was like a Lear Jet going in my ears,” Millar said. “It was pretty cool and pretty special. I was glad he was here.”

"Great, great, well-deserved," Ortiz said. "He earned that. Tito was here for eight years, won two World Series, got us to the playoffs lots of times. What else can you ask from a manager? Well-deserved."


04/20/2012 - 8:48pm
Bobby V: Sox still 'very talented team'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine refused to sound any serious alarms after Friday's 6-2 loss to the Yankees that gave them their first four-game home losing streak since Sept. 2010. 

"We're working on getting it together," Valentine said after his team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. "It's still a very talented team, good group of guys."

After starting the season, 1-5, the Red Sox appeared to find their footing by clobbering the Rays in three straight games, scoring a record 31 runs in their first three home games of the season. But since, Boston bats have gone silent, scoring eight runs in four straight losses. 

Among those struggling are Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a .103 average and Kevin Youkilis, who is batting just .195. The Red Sox are 4-9 and all alone in the basement of the American League East. For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei....

04/20/2012 - 8:21pm
Ortiz on Sox' slow start: 'I'm frustrated'

Following the Red Sox' 6-2 loss to the Yankees Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, David Ortiz expressed that the Sox need to have some sense of urgency despite the season being just 13 games old.

"We have the talent, we just need to execute. I'm not going to spend the whole season thinking about the talent that we got," Ortiz said. "We have to start winning games. I know that in everybody's mind it's the beginning of the season, but what is it going to take until July for us to start winning? We need to step up, do something different and make things happen."

Ortiz, who hit his second home run of the season, said that despite the fact it is the third straight season the Red Sox have gotten off to a slow start, there is no feeling of comfort heading into the latter portion of April.

"I'm frustrated," he said. "It's been a while. I'm used to winning. I can't remember the last time we lost four games in a row...

04/20/2012 - 6:35pm
Birthday bashed: Yanks bomb Sox

Eric Chavez led a home run barrage with two long balls while Alex Rodriguez, Russell Martin and Nick Swisher also went deep as Clay Buchholz was hammered in a 6-2 Yankees victory, spoiling the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. After winning three straight to open the home stand, the Red Sox lost their fourth straight and fell to 4-9 on the season. 

Ideal conditions of sunshine and 75 degrees provided the backdrop as the Red Sox welcomed back over 200 former players in their original uniforms for a 40-minute pregame ceremony. All of the players took their original positions in the field and were joined by those in the lineup for Friday's game. 

After a stirring national anthem from the Boston Pops, the game got off to an ominous start as Dustin Pedroia appeared to lose Derek Jeter's pop fly to shallow right field in the sun and dropped the ball at the last moment. Jeter came around to score on an RBI single from Rodriguez....

04/20/2012 - 1:11pm
Canseco to play for Worcester Can-Am team

Former Red Sox slugger Jose Canseco is in Boston for Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration, but he had another announcement Friday. The 47-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League.

"I am very much looking forward to putting on a uniform and competing on a professional level again this year," Canseco said in a team-issued statement. "I love the game of baseball. I am particularly grateful to the Worcester Tornadoes for embracing me and having the confidence in me to help the team win."

A six-time All-Star, Canseco is best known for his years with the A's in the 1980s and early '90s. He was the 1986 American League Rookie of the Year and the 1988 AL MVP, and he finished his 17-year career with 462 home runs. He last played in the majors leagues with the White Sox in 2001, following stints with the Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Devil Rays and Yankees.


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