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05/31/2011 - 3:08pm
Sox to activate Jenks, option Bowden

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that reliever Bobby Jenks would be activated (as planned) for Tuesday night's game against his former team, the White Sox. In order to clear a roster spot for Jenks, the Sox will option Michael Bowden back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Jenks struggled to a 1-2 record and 9.35 ERA in 11 appearances before landing on the disabled list with a right biceps strain in the first week of May. The 30-year-old made a pair of rehab appearances in Pawtucket over the weekend, allowing a run in two innings while allowing two hits, walking one and striking out two. Bowden tossed a pair of shutout innings of relief on Monday against the White Sox, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out a batter.

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05/31/2011 - 9:03am
Kluzak on D&C: Bruins win in seven

NESN Bruins analyst Gord Kluzak talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning with the Stanley Cup finals set to start Wednesday evening. The former B's defenseman began his talk about the differences between the two sides, with the highlight among those differences regarding of course penalties and power plays. 

"Well, I think what the Bruins would want it to look like is very physical, sort of played in the corners and in the high traffic areas, certainly a five-on-five series," Kluzak said. "I think what the Canucks would want it to look like is very end-to-end, very high-tempo, lots of penalties, lot of power plays on each 'side. I think those are the two ways these teams are built."

There is also a difference between the two sides in net, according to Kluzak. Although some see the battle between the netminders for each side as a relative wash, the NESN analyst was willing to give the advantage to Bruins...

05/31/2011 - 7:31am
Mashup: Posey injury 'unnecessary'

The discussion about the safety of catchers continues to be a hot-button topic in the wake of Giants backstop Buster Posey suffering a season-ending injury in a collision with Marlins baserunner Scott Cousins last week. On Monday, former major league catcher Mike Matheny weighed in, criticizing Cousins for unnecessarily targeting Posey.

"[Cousins] could have gone straight, let alone go around and sweep the plate," said Matheny, now a TV analyst on Cardinals broadcasts. "It wasn't a dirty play. He didn't come [in with] high spikes. He didn't come [in with a] high elbow. But it was an unnecessary play.

"I love the play at the plate. I loved it as a catcher. But when guys go out of their way to get you, I'm not a big fan of it."

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05/31/2011 - 12:25am
Sox prospect Ranaudo promoted to Salem

According to Greenville Drive Media Relations Director Eric Jarinko (via twitter), Red Sox pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo has been promoted from Low-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League to Hi-A Salem of the Carolina League.

The 21-year-old right-hander -- a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 who received a $2.55 million bonus in line with one of the top 10 picks in the country -- is now 10 starts into his first pro season. He went 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 16 walks in 46 innings in Greenville. His season has had three separate segments to date: The 6-foot-7 mound giant had a 0.46 ERA in his first four starts, an 8.22 ERA in his next four starts (albeit in a stretch that featured one outing in which he tossed six shutout innings while allowing just one hit) and a 1.64 ERA with 11 strikeouts and one walk over his last 11 innings (spanning two starts).

Based on his performance...

05/30/2011 - 11:21pm
Lester being pushed back to June 7

Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced following his team's 7-3 loss to the White Sox Monday night at Fenway Park that Jon Lester wouldn't pitch again until June 7, allowing the lefty seven days of rest.

The announcement comes after Lester turned in one of his worst outings of the season, a 5 2/3-inning appearance in which he was charged with seven runs and allowed a total of 14 baserunners.

"I don't need to reinvent the wheel. I don't need to go out there and figure things out," said Lester, who saw his ERA go to 3.94 after the loss. "I just think it was one of those deals I got a little ahead of myself working east to west instead of north to south. I threw the ball up in the zone and that's what's going to happen when you do that. I don't need to throw an extended bullpen, or anything like that. It will be nice to get an extra day, we've been going pretty hard at it these past couple of go-rounds. It will be nice. Hopefully it's...

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