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04/01/2010 - 9:12am
Atchison earns spot in Sox 'pen

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Righty reliever Scott Atchison, a 34-year-old who spent the past two seasons in Japan, was informed Thursday morning that he had earned a spot in the Red Sox bullpen. The final spot in the 'pen is between Scott Schoeneweis, who is scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Twins in Fort Myers, and Joe Nelson, who will travel with the team to Washington for Saturday's exhibition game against the Nationals.

 

Meanwhile, manager Terry Francona said the team asked lefty reliever Alan Embree for more time to evaluate him. Embree only signed with the team on March 20 and has struggled in three appearances, allowing 10 runs on eight hits and three walks in 2-1/3 innings. He has one strikeout.

 

Schoeneweis and Embree have opt-out clauses on April 15, meaning they can become free agents if they are not on the major league roster then. Nelson's opt-out is June 1.

 

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04/01/2010 - 8:59am
Tazawa to have Tommy John surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa will have Tommy John surgery on his elbow, manager Terry Francona announced Thursday morning from spring training. Tazawa, who suffered a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament, met with renowned specialist Dr. James Andrews, who will perform the surgery Tuesday at his facility in Birmingham, Ala. The 23-year-old Tazawa was called up to the Sox last August and went 2-3 with a 7.46 ERA.

 

For more Red Sox news, check the Full Count blog.


04/01/2010 - 8:16am
Beltre didn't expect Lowell trade

Adrian Beltre said Wednesday that he didn't expect Mike Lowell would be traded in spring training despite the Red Sox' perceived logjam at third base. "It's not easy to trade somebody in spring training," Beltre said. "You don't see that a lot. I had an idea that we would start the season together with this team, and whatever happens from there happens. The main thing was for him to get healthy and whatever happens happens. I wish Mike the best." It was learned Wednesday that the Rangers' interest in Lowell had been tempered by the fact they weren't prepared to allocate a substantial amount of money for a player filling a back-up role. 

 

Beltre, whose locker throughout spring training has been next to Lowell's, said that he has learned a lot from his time with the 36-year-old infielder...

04/01/2010 - 6:15am
Mashup: Carbo high in '75 Series

Bernie Carbo, now a born-again Christian, recounted for The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld how he abused drugs throughout his baseball career, including the 1975 World Series, when he hit two memorable home runs for the Red Sox. Meanwhile, a John Hancock employee is out to infiltrate Red Sox Nation this month. He is trying to become his company's biggest Boston Marathon fundraiser, which would earn him the right to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game, and if he wins he plans to trot onto the field decked in Yankees garb. Get the details on those stories, plus check out a handful of interesting videos -- from Minnesota Twins batter Denard Span fouling off a ball that hits his mother, to a soccer player making a pass with his back, to an impressive cricket catch (as best we can tell). That's all at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


03/31/2010 - 10:09pm
KG on Durant: 'Michael @#$% Jordan'

After watching Kevin Durant drill all 15 free throw attempts in Oklahoma City's win over the Celtics, Kevin Garnett had his own take on one big reason for the loss. "I thought we were playing Michael [expletive] Jordan tonight the way he was getting the whistle," Garnett said. "Durant damn near shot more free throws than our whole team." Durant, with a game-high 37 points, did make more than the Celtics at the line, as Boston was just 13-of-17 on the night.  For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


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