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04/16/2010 - 4:51pm
Gammons: Sox have catching issues

Hall of Famer and NESN analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Big Show on Friday to discuss the state of the Red Sox. With the lineup coming out for tonight's game against Tampa Bay featuring Jason Varitek at catcher, Gammons said that he thinks the Sox captain will regularly be behind the plate when Josh Beckett is on the mound.

 

"Josh is very comfortable with him and Victor Martinez is going to catch Wakefield," Gammons said. "So I think it works. I really do believe, and I agree with Jason, that this is a role he can do for awhile. He is more relaxed and you are getting more production from him."

 

Staying on the topic of the catching situation, Gammons also talked about the concerns with Victor Martinez' play in the field. Gammons said that his problems behind the plate in Cleveland led to the Indians stop playing him at catcher, and that his difficulties controlling the running...

04/16/2010 - 3:58pm
Cameron feeling 'much better'

Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron, who had a kidney stone removed on Friday morning, said that he is feeling "much better" following the procedure. He compared the experience to giving birth, but is hopeful that it will permit him to make a return to the lineup in the near future.

 

In a best-case scenario for the Sox, said manager Terry Francona, Cameron could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday, depending on his recovery. That explains, in part, why the team felt comfortable not making a roster move to add an outfielder from the minors today.

 

The Sox are also hopeful that Jacoby Ellsbury, who hasn't played since colliding with third baseman Adrian Beltre on Sunday, can return in the next few days. With Cameron's positive prognosis, the Sox felt that they would rather hope that Ellsbury can return in the next few days rather than putting him on the disabled list and losing time when he was healthy enough to...

04/16/2010 - 2:32pm
Rondo misses practice with flu

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo missed practice on Friday with the flu. However, he is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the Celtics-Heat playoff series on Saturday.

 

Rondo played in 81 games this year. The All-Star averaged 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 2.3 steals per night.


04/16/2010 - 2:13pm
Varitek catching Beckett; Pedroia hits 3rd

With Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) and Mike Cameron (kidney stone) out of the lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, the Red Sox feature a dramatically altered lineup complexion for the series opener. That alteration is amplified by the fact that Josh Beckett, for the second straight start, will be paired with catcher Jason Varitek.

 

With Victor Martinez out, Dustin Pedroia will bat third (his first start in the No. 3 slot since Sept. 25, 2008), with J.D. Drew batting second. Bill Hall is currently in the lineup in center field, batting ninth. With Cameron's late scratch on Thursday, Hall made his first start in center since 2007, though he was already in the lineup against Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano. His presence in the lineup against Rays right-hander Wade Davis, on the other hand, reflects necessity, as Hall has the lowest average (.178) and OBP (.251) in the majors against right-handers (min. 400 at-bats) since the start of 2008...

04/16/2010 - 12:46pm
Dolphins trade Ginn to 49ers

According to multiple reports, the Miami Dolphins, on the heels of acquiring wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Broncos, sent receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn to the San Francisco 49ers for a fifth-round draft choice. A 25-year-old speedster, Ginn returned two kicks for touchdowns in a game against the Jets last season. In two games against the Patriots in 2009, Ginn returned eight kicks for 204 yards and caught three passes for 41 yards.


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