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05/05/2011 - 11:09am
Jenks, Wheeler to DL; Hill, Atchison up

The Red Sox will place relievers Dan Wheeler and Bobby Jenks on the disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Angels in order to clear roster spots for right-hander Scott Atchison (recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket) and left-hander Rich Hill (selected from Pawtucket). The moves come at a time when the Sox bullpen is running on fumes after handling the final 8 2/3 innings of Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Angels.

Jenks was unavailable during Wednesday's 13-inning contest after experiencing cramping in his arm while warming up prior to the seventh inning. He has struggled to a 1-2 record and 9.35 ERA in 11 games this year. His injury is being described as a right biceps strain. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 2, one day after his most recent appearance.

Wheeler ended up pitching in the seventh, allowing three of the four batters he faced to reach while allowing a two-run homer to Vernon Wells. The right-hander has an 11.32...

05/05/2011 - 10:24am
Barnaby on D&C: Thomas in Flyers' heads

ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Bruins' success in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston took a 3-0 series lead on the Flyers with Wednesday night's 5-1 victory and can close out the series Friday night at TD Garden.

"They're playing at full tilt and they really aren't making that many mistakes," Barnaby said of the B's. "When you look at the Philadelphia side, they just can't seem to get anything going. … It's a different team than we saw all year long, very suspect goaltending and Chris Pronger not being in that lineup really changes the dynamic of that team."

Tim Thomas has been stellar in the Boston goal and drawn comparisons to one of Barnaby's former teammates. "Tim Thomas is to me right now what I played with in Dominik Hasek when I was with Buffalo," Barnaby said. "He gets into guys' heads. He makes you pass when you think...

05/05/2011 - 8:30am
Crawford hits second as Pedroia rests

In the aftermath of a 13-inning Wednesday night marathon, Dustin Pedroia is out of the Red Sox lineup for the first time all season for Thursday's series finale against the Angels. Pedroia struck out a career-high four times while going 0-for-6 on Wednesday night.

In his absence, Marco Scutaro will get the start at second base, while Carl Crawford will hit in the second spot of the lineup. It will mark the first time since April 17 that Crawford hasn't hit in the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Crawford, LF
Youkilis, 3B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Drew, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Scutaro, 2B

Lackey, SP


05/05/2011 - 7:49am
Mashup: Vick says 'about time' on bin Laden

While Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was apologizing and clarifying his comments criticizing Americans for celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick offered his input Wednesday. "It was about time," Vick told Virginia Beach radio station The Game. "What he so-called did to our people, took so many innocent lives. Hey, he deserved every bit of it."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


05/05/2011 - 3:34am
Physical issues sideline Drew, Jenks

The only two members of the Red Sox' 25-man roster — not including starting pitchers — to not play in the Sox' 13-inning, 5-3 loss to the Angels Thursday morning, J.D. Drew and Bobby Jenks, didn't participate due to physical issues, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

Drew, who initially had gotten the day off with Mike Cameron starting in right field, was victimized by vertigo, a condition the outfielder has sporadically struggled without throughout the past few years.

"He wasn't available," Francona said. "There were some opportunities to certainly use him, but he wasn't doing too well. He came down and tried to hit in the fifth but was all over the place."

Jenks was unavailable, according to Francona, due to the pitcher's arm cramping while warming up. 

"He was actually coming in the game and we got a call his arm cramped up, so that kind of put a wrench into things, also,"...

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