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05/10/2010 - 6:39pm
Sox promote prospect Rizzo

The Red Sox promoted first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Hi-A Salem to Double-A Portland. Rizzo, a 20-year-old who was taken in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, is considered one of the top prospects in the system. He was hitting .248/.333/.479/.812 with five homers for Salem, where he'd collected an extra-base hit in six of his last seven games.

 

Rizzo missed most of the 2008 season while being treated for Hodgkins lymphoma. When he returned to the field in 2009, he showed little impact from the layoff, hitting .298/.365/.494/.859 for Single-A Greenville and then .295/.371/.420/.791 after a mid-year promotion to Salem. Rizzo essentially takes the place of fellow first base prospect Lars Anderson on the Sea Dogs roster, less than two weeks after Anderson moved up from Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

 


05/10/2010 - 4:42pm
Beckett pushed back: Wake to start

Josh Beckett's next start for the Red Sox has been pushed back to Friday at Detroit. Beckett was originally slated to start on Wednesday in the series finale vs. the Blue Jays, but now Tim Wakefield will make the start for Boston.

 

Terry Francona said on Monday that this move keeps Wakefield stretched out and allows the struggling Beckett (7.46 ERA) to throw an extra side session. 

 

Beckett is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.61 at Comerica Park, which may have also factored in the decision.

 

Francona noted that the Red Sox are "willing to be outside the box a little bit" when it comes to ensuring starting pitching depth.


05/10/2010 - 3:31pm
Red Sox, Jays Lineup: Ortiz in at DH

No real surprises in the Red Sox lineup as the club opens a three-game series vs. the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Monday. David Ortiz, who has one home run in his three career at-bats vs. Toronto starter Brandon Morrow is in the lineup and batting sixth.

 

John Lackey makes his 12th career start vs. the Blue Jays on Monday. The right-hander is just 3-3 vs. Toronto in his career but owns a 3.31 ERA vs. the Blue Jays.

 

Red Sox:

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Martinez, 2

Youkilis, 3

Drew, 9

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Hermida, 7

McDonald, 8

Lackey -- SP

 

Blue Jays:

Lewis, 7

Hill, 4

Lind, DH

Wells, 8

Overbay, 3

Gonzalez, 6

Bautista, 5

Buck, 2

Snider, 9

Morrow -- SP


05/10/2010 - 3:09pm
Pierce: 'There's nothing wrong with me'

WALTHAM – When a player like Paul Pierce struggles offensively the way he has in the Celtics series with Cleveland, questions naturally arise. Most prominently: Is he hurt? Pierce has dealt with a myriad of injuries this season, but given the caveat that every player is a little banged up at this point in the season, he stated flatly Monday after the Celtics went through a brief practice that he was fine. “There’s nothing wrong with me,” Pierce said. “For me, it’s just being ready, being focused, giving my team whatever it needs to win. There’s nothing wrong with me.” Read the rest of this post on Green Street.


05/10/2010 - 2:55pm
Patriots lock in preseason dates

According to Patriots.com, the Patriots preseason scheduled is now locked in. Here are the dates and times for all four games:

 

Thu. Aug. 12 vs. New Orleans (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Aug. 19 at Atlanta (8 p.m., FOX)
Thu. Aug. 26 vs. St. Louis (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Sept. 2 at New York Giants (7 p.m.)

 

For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


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