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06/07/2011 - 5:32pm
Papelbon suspended three games, will appeal

NEW YORK -- Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games by Major League Baseball after his confrontation with umpire Tony Randazzo in Saturday's Sox game against the A's. Papelbon plans to appeal the suspension and will be available for the Red Sox as they open a three-game series with the Yankees on Tuesday.

"There are consequences for what you do on the field. I hope next time it doesn’t escalate the way it did," Papelbon said.

MLB cited "inappropriate conduct" as the reason for the suspension. Papelbon was ejected in the ninth inning of the Sox' 9-8 win over the A's. The Sox led 7-3 in the ninth, but Oakland rallied to tie the game with Papelbon on the mound. Randazzo also ejected catcher Jason Varitek earlier in the inning.

“Hopefully, after I put in my appeal, maybe Major League Baseball can see somewhat of my side. Maybe they won’t. We’ll see what happens," said the...

06/07/2011 - 4:44pm
Roenick on Big Show: More injuries to come

Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick, now an analyst for the Versus Network, suggested that the season-ending concussion suffered by Bruins winger Nathan Horton after a controversial hit by Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome will not be the last of the injuries in the Stanley Cup finals.

"I do think [there will be more injuries]," said Roenick. "I think there’s a lot of bad blood right now in this series. Each team is playing for a Stanley Cup, and it’s gotten ugly. I think there’s going to be injuries -- not major injuries – but I think that someone is going to be going out because of something stupid. I don’t know who’s going to be doing it, but I think this series has just turned ugly as of yesterday. We’re going to see what’s going to happen."

Roenick was intrigued by the dramatic degree to which the Bruins seemed to flip the switch between the first and second periods. He...

06/07/2011 - 4:31pm
Lowrie may need MRI on shoulder

NEW YORK -- Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie is out of the lineup on Tuesday due to lingering discomfort in his left shoulder following a glancing collision with outfielder Carl Crawford in Detroit on May 29 in the first game of a double header against the Tigers.

"Jed's been our shortstop and has done a terrific job. I just think Jed's shoulder has been nagging at him a little bit, if we can get him back-to-back days off, Marco has really good numbers against this guy and he has played three days in a row so he's in good game shape. We're trying to take advantage of both," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona, citing Scutaro's 6-for-12 career mark against New York starter Freddy Garcia.

"It kind of seemed like it plateaued a little bit. The first four days it got better and then has just been nagging. I think back-to-back days might kick start it a little bit, or it to heal. And, again, we have Scoot here who has really done well so it...

06/07/2011 - 4:08pm
Report: Finger-waving will be penalized
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from ESPN.com, NHL vice president Mike Murphy has told both the Bruins and Canucks that from Game 4 onward, any player waving their fingers or putting their fingers in the mouths of other players will recieve a two-minute penalty and 10-minute misconduct. 

Players have taken to the aformentioned actions in wake of Alexandre Burrows biting Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins' center was facewashing the Canucks' winger when Burrows bit his finger, and since players have gestured to one another with their fingers. Defenseman Adam McQuaid got in Burrows' face in Game 2 and asked "are you going to bite me?" and Maxim Lapierre, Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi have since waved their fingers at other players. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


06/07/2011 - 3:09pm
Lineup: Scutaro activated, hitting ninth

NEW YORK -- Marco Scutaro, who had been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, has been activated and will get the start at shortstop for the Red Sox against Freddy Garcia and the Yankees. In three rehab games with Triple A Pawtucket, Scutaro went 5-for-11 with a walk, scoring four runs. Scutaro is 6-for-12 against Garcia for his career.

The rest of the Red Sox lineup in the series opener at Yankee Stadium is as follows: 

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Carl Crawford LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

J.D. Drew RF

Marco Scutaro SS

Jon Lester P

For more coverage from Yankee Stadium, and other Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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