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04/07/2010 - 3:50pm
Francona: 'It's the third game of the season'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona offered further insight into how he views David Ortiz’ 0-for-7 start to the season, and why he elected not to pinch-hit for the slugger against Yankees left-handed reliever Damaso Marte in the eighth inning of his team’s 6-4 loss on Tuesday. Francona suggested that it seemed a bit early for such strong reactions to two hitless games, and said that he wants to ensure that Ortiz is not “looking over his shoulder” less than two games into the season.

 

“Being reactionary in my job, especially here, I think that has a chance to set off things in a bad chain reaction, as opposed to helping,” said Francona. “It feels early to be talking about it. … My goodness. It’s the third game of the year. Yeah, it’s crazy.”

 

For more of his pre-game thoughts, including how status updates on Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz, Alan Embree and Boof...

04/07/2010 - 12:20pm
B's Recchi nominated for Masterton Trophy

Mark Recchi has been nominated by Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association for the 2010 Bill Masterton Trophy, presented to the player who exhibits "to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

 

"It is a great honor, obviously. I kept on plugging along here, and it also means I am old," Recchi said. "There have been some great players who have been awarded this, and it is just a great honor to be able to play in the NHL still, and I love it and it is nice to be recognized."

 

The 42-year-old Recchi has played in all 79 games for the Bruins this season, collecting 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points. He has gradually moved up the NHL's all-time scoring and games played lists. He is now ninth all time in games played (1,569), 22nd in goals scored (562), 17th in assists (922) and 13th in points (1,484).

 

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04/07/2010 - 11:44am
Francona on D&H: Have some patience

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his first weekly appearance of the season Wednesday on the Dale & Holley show and addressed the David Ortiz controversy. Ortiz is 0-for-7 to start the season and flied out Tuesday night in the eighth inning with the tying run on second base, facing a left-handed reliever while righty-hitting Mike Lowell sat on the bench.

 

Francona said pinch-hitting for Ortiz was not the right move for technical as well as psychological reasons. "I don't think it's the right thing to do," he said. "We want these guys to be fearless. I can't imagine five, six at-bats into a season having your 5 hitter looking over his shoulder."

 

Added Francona: "With a runner on second and nobody out, what the one thing David normally really does well even when he's not hitting? He pulls the ball. He pulls the ball on the ground. That's why they have the shift. Now he hit a popup to...

04/07/2010 - 10:50am
Francona to join D&H at noon

Red Sox manager Terry Francona is scheduled to begin his weekly Wednesday chats with Dale & Holley Wednesday at noon. Francona is sure to be asked about the David Ortiz-Mike Lowell situation, which is at the top of Sox fans' minds after Tuesday night's loss to the Yankees and Ortiz' 0-for-7 start to the season. Following the interview, check the Full Count blog for highlights, or visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page to listen to a replay.


04/07/2010 - 10:28am
Tennis' Navratilova battles breast cancer

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova announced Wednesday morning that she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Appearing on "Good Morning America," the 53-year-old Navratilova referred to the situation as her "personal 9/11" but said the cancer was diagnosed early and she expects to make a full recovery.

 

"I'm this healthy person, I've been healthy all my life, and all of a sudden I have cancer. Are you kidding me?" she said, indicating that she will undergo six weeks of radiation beginning in May.

 

Navratilova won 167 singles titles, including six straight Wimbledon crowns from 1982-87, and has 59 Grand Slam titles (including doubles).


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