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04/23/2010 - 6:06pm
Ortiz on pinch-hit: 'It was just embarrassing'

Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series opening game with the Orioles, Friday night at Fenway Park, David Ortiz called being pinch-hit for Tuesday as "embarrassing" although he didn't blame Sox manager Terry Francona. The move by Francona to pinch-hit Mike Lowell for Ortiz came in the seventh inning with lefty Darren Oliver on the mound, marking the first time the manager had ever pinch-hit for Ortiz in a meaningful situation since Francona took over in 2004.

 

"It was just embarrassing, getting pinch-hit for," Ortiz said. "I understand. I'm not swinging the bat good, with a lefty and whatever. I've got to come through and do my thing and get that out of people's heads. When I'm swinging the bat good that's not going to happen. Basically it was a wake-up call to say, 'You better start hitting or you're going to get pinch-hit for.'

 

"You saw my reaction. I just came back tot he dugout. Of course,...

04/23/2010 - 4:50pm
Gammons: Red Sox should get Snyder

NESN analyst and Hall of Famer Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Big Show to discuss the state of the Red Sox. The Sox will open up a three-game series at Fenway against the Baltimore Orioles Friday night after taking two out of three from the Texas Rangers. With the Yankees and Rays opening up the season with great starts, the Red Sox need to capitalize against weaker opponents if they want to stay in the race in the AL East. In order to do that, Gammons said that the starting pitching will need to be significantly better than it has been. "Their starters are last in the American League in ERA, quality starts, wins—if that doesn't change dramatically they are not going to catch the Rays or Yankees," he said.

Gammons was asked if Daisuke Matsuzaka will be ready to help the rotation. "I don't know,' he said. "I know that when he had the shutouts in the first two starts, he was okay—89-91 mph with an...

04/23/2010 - 4:18pm
Daisuke to make first start in Baltimore

Speaking to the media prior to his team's series opener against the Orioles Friday at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Daisuke Matsuzaka will throw a simulated game Monday in Toronto in preparation of making his first start of the season in Baltimore in the Sox' weekend series against the O's. Francona wouldn't discuss reports that Tim Wakefield will be moving to the bullpen once Matsuzaka is inserted into the rotation. Wakefield is scheduled to make his regularly-slated start Sunday against the Orioles at Fenway. Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester will pitch for the Red Sox against the Blue Jays next week in Toronto. Matsuzaka's simulated game in Toronto will include getting up and down at least four times.


04/23/2010 - 3:52pm
Brockton Rox sign Josh Papelbon

The Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League announced on Friday that they have signed right-handed relief pitcher Josh Papelbon. Papelbon, the younger brother of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, joins the Rox after four seasons in Boston's minor league system. Josh Papelbon spent the 2009 season with the Salem Red Sox of the Single-A Carolina League. During his stint with Salem, Papelbon went 5-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 34 appearances. Papelbon, who is a submarine pitcher, received a promotion to Double-A Portland, where he appeared in two games.


04/23/2010 - 3:40pm
Red Sox lineup: Ortiz back at DH

Jon Lester will take the mound for the Red Sox on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. Lester is 10-0 with a miniscule 2.39 ERA in 12 career starts vs. Boston's division rivals. The Orioles have gotten off to an abysmal 2-14 start this season, and as a team they are only hitting .225, which is tied for third worst in the American League with Toronto. This is good news for Lester, because opposing hitters are batting .313 against the lefty — way above his career .259 mark. Here is the starting lineup for the Red Sox:
 

Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Pedroia 2B
Youkilis 1B
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Hermida LF
Reddick CF


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