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08/26/2009 - 5:55pm
Francona remembers Sen. Kennedy

 
Toward the end of his daily briefing with reporters, Red Sox manager Terry Francona remembered the late Senator Edward Kennedy, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch this past April 7 at Fenway Park. "That day was very special for me," Francona recalled. "I can't sit here and say we were best friends but it was an honor to meet him. I got to escort him to the mound. I had a picture taken and he sent me a wonderful note. And from what I understand that was one of his special things, he did a lot of things in person and he did it himself. I was lucky enough to have one and I still have it sitting on my desk." 
 
 


08/26/2009 - 4:21pm
Francona on bullpen: 'Nobody's running on fumes'

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona briefly met with the media prior to Wednesday night's game against the White Sox. Here are some of the pre-game notes from his media session at Fenway Park:

On Tim Wakefield: The Sox are hoping he pitches with health. The Sox can play the corners a little bit tighter (to prevent bunts) since Wakefield's mobility is limited. Francona said "He may have to cover his position. We have to be aware of that."

On Wakefield's absence: His reliability is important and his reliable innings are valued. He made the All-Star team this year.

On the Red Sox Bullpen: Francona said "nobody's running on fumes."

On Senator Ted Kennedy: "That day was very special for me."(Kennedy's First pitch at Fenway on Opening Day). "He sent me a wonderful note."


08/26/2009 - 3:50pm
Martinez to catch Wakefield; Kotchman hitting 8th

Tim Wakefield makes his return to the Red Sox starting rotation after being out since the All-Star break. Wakefield will oppose Gavin Floyd of the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Here are the starting lineups for both clubs:
 

Red Sox
Ellsbury - CF
Pedroia - 2B
Martinez - C
Youkilis - 3B
Ortiz - DH
Bay - LF
Drew - RF
Kotchman - 1B
Gonzalez - SS

Starting Pitcher: Tim Wakefield

White Sox
Nix - 2B
Beckham - 3B
Pierzynski - C
Konerko - 1B
Thome - DH
Dye - RF
Quentin - LF
Rios - CF
Ramirez - SS

Starting Pitcher: Gavin Floyd


08/26/2009 - 2:13pm
Report: BC's Herzlich looking to return to field in 2010

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma (a form of bone cancer) this spring, is set to return to classes and is hoping to return to play football for the 2010 season, according to ESPN.com. Herzlich has five rounds of chemotherapy remaining, but doctors have been encouraged by his initial results.
 
"Things are going really well," Herzlich said in the article. "The goal right now is to get rid of the tumor completely and to be healthy. That's the goal right now and they're encouraged that's what's going to happen."
 
While he will not play this season while completing his treatments, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year suggested that a return to the gridiron in 2010 could be realistic.
 
"Obviously, I'm not going to play this year because of the chemo,...

08/26/2009 - 12:28pm
Kotchman in the lineup, Lowell sits on Wednesday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit to the Dale & Holley Show, said that first baseman Casey Kotchman (1-for-3 with a walk against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd) will be in the lineup for the Red Sox against the White Sox on Wednesday. Kevin Youkilis will slide to third base, and Mike Lowell (1-for-7 with a homer and walk against Floyd) will get the night off. Victor Martinez will serve as the catcher for starter Tim Wakefield, with Jason Varitek getting the night off.
 
 
"Pretty good lineup," said Francona. "We've got a pretty deep lineup tonight."


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