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04/09/2012 - 10:32pm
Sweeney helps hand Red Sox first win

TORONTO -- Ryan Sweeney grounded a two-out single between first and second in the ninth inning, scoring pinch-runner Darnell McDonald with the game-winning run to give the Red Sox their first win of the season, a 4-2 triumph over the Blue Jays Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Sweeney's single came after the Sox tied the game at 2-2 earlier in the ninth thanks to a Dustin Pedroia leadoff double, a passed ball and Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly against Jays' closer Sergio Santos. David Ortiz and Cody Ross each kept things going with two-out walks, leading to the RBI from Sweeney and another run when Ross came in on Santos' wild pitch.

The win prevented the Red Sox from starting their season 0-4 for a second straight year, which would be an organizational first.

Getting a no-decision was Sox' starter Felix Doubront, who only allowed two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out six and walking three. Doubront finished throwing 101...

04/09/2012 - 6:03pm
Cherington: Bard will stay in rotation

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in an appearance on “MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM” with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern, said that his team would not reconsider its decision to commit to Daniel Bard in the rotation. While he did leave open the possibility of reconsidering the pitcher's role down the road, Cherington said that the team's 0-3 start, which included two games in which the combination of Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon contributed directly to the losses, would not prompt the Sox to reconsider the best usage of Bard before he makes his first start.

"Right now, he’s starting [Tuesday] for us. We made a decision this winter collectively to give him a chance to get stretched out in spring training and show us what he can do. We feel like he showed enough in spring training, enough development, to carry that into the season," said Cherington. "If he can do that and do it well, and we believe he can, then...

04/09/2012 - 4:49pm
Lucchino: 'Silly to overreact' to start

Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino suggested that it would be premature for the team to contemplate a significant roster shuffle (such as moving Daniel Bard from the rotation to the bullpen) based solely on the team's season-opening sweep at the hands of the Tigers in Detroit. While the bullpen has struggled in the first three games, suffering a pair of walkoff losses while adjusting on the fly to the loss of closer Andrew Bailey (out until August after thumb surgery), Lucchino suggested that the team need not contemplate extreme reactions to a frustrating set of outcomes.

"The goal is not to overreact prematurely. Bard is going to get his start [Tuesday], I’m sure, and we’ll see how it goes. It’s going to take a few weeks we didn’t have at the end of spring training to adjust to [Andrew] Bailey’s departure. It’s going to take a few weeks into the regular season," said Lucchino. "I know it...

04/09/2012 - 4:42pm
Goodell upholds penalties on Saints

The NFL on Monday notified Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt that commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the existing suspensions levied for their role in a bounty system ran by the team over a three-year period.

Payton will miss the entire 2012 season and will begin serving his suspension on April 16. Vitt's suspension (six games) will begin at the start of the 2012 regular season, as will the suspension for Loomis (eight games).

Former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams hasn't appealed his indefinite suspension.

For more Patriots news visit weei.com/patriots.

 


04/09/2012 - 3:28pm
Lineup: Ellsbury back in leadoff spot

TORONTO -- The Red Sox look for win No. 1 of the 2012 season on Monday night at Rogers Centre, and will do so with Jacoby Ellsbury back in the top spot in the lineup. 

Ellsbury hit second on Sunday for the Sox in the 13-12 loss to the Tigers, with Nick Punto in the leadoff spot. Punto returns to the bench on Monday, as Kevin Youkilis goes back to third base and hits in the cleanup position. Felix Doubront makes his first start of the season for the Sox and will be opposed by Henderson Alvarez, who held the Sox scoreless in six innings last September 5 in his only career appearance against Boston.

Here is the Red Sox batting order against Alvarez: 

Ellsbury, CF

Pedroia, 2B

Gonzalez, 1B

Youkilis, 3B

Ortiz, DH

Ross, LF

Sweeney, RF

Saltalamacchia, C

Aviles, SS

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.

 


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