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06/06/2009 - 7:37am
Green Will Start at Short on Saturday, Lowrie Progresses in Return

Nick Green will once again start at shortstop for the Red Sox on Saturday, replacing Julio Lugo at the position. With Jon Lester -- a pitcher who elicits a prevalance of grounders -- on the hill on Saturday, the Sox want their shortstop with the most range in the field, and for now, that appears to be Green rather than Lugo.

While Green has been getting the lion's share of starting time at shortstop of late, Jed Lowrie - out for most of the season following surgery on his left wrist - continues to make steps in his return to the field. He took batting practice on Friday for the first time since the surgery, and though he admitted to becoming tired by his final swings, he suggested that the day represented a "good first step" in his efforts to return to form as a hitter.

"There’s a focus on getting back as soon as possible," said Lowrie. "As far as I know, everything has gone really well. I’ve been happy with...

06/05/2009 - 10:11pm
Red Sox Fall to Rangers, 5-1

The Red Sox dropped the first game of their homestand, falling to pitcher Kevin Millwood and the Rangers by a 5-1 score. Sox starter Brad Penny carried a shutout into the fifth, but a run-scoring single that snuck past a diving Julio Lugo sustained the inning for Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who blasted a three-run homer (his 15th of the year) into the left-field stands. The Rangers added an insurance run in the sixth against Penny, who allowed five runs in 5.2 innings.
The Sox managed only an unearned run against Millwood (5-4), who scattered seven hits over his seven innings. Millwood now has a 1.44 ERA in his last four starts at Fenway Park, dating to the 2005 season.

06/05/2009 - 7:31pm
Smoltz' Rehab Start Postponed by Rain

John Smoltz' scheduled Friday night rehab outing with Triple-A Pawtucket was postponed due to rain. Smoltz will instead start on Saturday at 6:05pm against the Durham Bulls.

06/05/2009 - 5:26pm
Epstein: Ortiz' vision tested well this spring

Red Sox G.M. Theo Epstein clarified that David Ortiz' vision tested very well when the team conducted its annual spring training check-ups. Epstein said that the Sox' team opthomologists have a database that measures a player's vision dating back over a span of years, and that "if a player has 20/20 (vision), we’ll still push for a correction because the average major leaguer is better than a 20/20." That said, Epstein suggested that there was no reason to expect a need for corrective actions for Ortiz.

06/05/2009 - 4:10pm
Red Sox - Rangers Pregame Notes

Terry Francona touched on a number of issues before the Red Sox - Rangers game on Friday night at Fenway Park.

  • Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup: "I think he was okay yesterday...around noon today, he said he was fine."
  • Jed Lowrie will start full-fledged batting practice: "I don't know how long this will take...but he's actually coming pretty quick."
  • John Smoltz may pitch tomorrow if Pawtucket is rained out.
  • Julio Lugo on playing tonight: "just trying to get the most out of both of them."
  • David Ortiz' eyes: He had dry eyes on this last road trip. He was blinking in a couple of at-bats. He is going to have them checked on Monday. His eyes are pretty good. Rather than hand him visine, we have great people. We might as well do what's best. Does Tito think Ortiz issue is age? -- "No. I don't believe that's the case and I wouldn't say it"
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