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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).


04/07/2010 - 9:01am
B's Seidenberg out 8 weeks after surgery

The Bruins announced that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg had successful surgery to repair a lacerated flexor carpi radialis tendon in his left forearm and is expected to sidelined for eight weeks. Seidenberg suffered the injury during the first period of the Bruins' game vs. the Maple Leafs on Saturday in Toronto.

 

Seidenberg has played in 17 games for the Bruins since being acquired from the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline on March 3. He has two goals, seven assists and a plus-9 rating.

 

Check the Big Bad Blog for more Bruins news.


04/07/2010 - 8:27am
Remy on D&C: Too early to pull Ortiz

Jerry Remy, NESN's Red Sox analyst, called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning and talked about the David Ortiz situation. Remy said he agreed with manager Terry Francona's decision to not have Mike Lowell pinch hit for Ortiz in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Yankees. Said Remy: "I think it's early to make the move because that would just wreck the confidence of Ortiz."

 

With the Sox facing left-hander Andy Pettitte on Wednesday night before a batch of righties, Remy said there's a chance we Lowell could make his first appearance of the season. "I didn't expect it last night, it didn't happen, and I don't know what to expect tonight," Remy said. "It's quite possible [Francona] could give Lowell his first start of the season tonight."

 

Remy said he wasn't surprised Ortiz was impatient with the media following Tuesday night's game. "He's probably getting...

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