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06/25/2011 - 6:43pm
Francona: Gonzalez won't play right Sunday

PITTSBURGH -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's game against the Pirates Saturday night at PNC Park that he wouldn't be putting Adrian Gonzalez in right field Sunday, and wasn't sold on the idea heading into the remainder of the Sox' nine-game road trip through National League parks.

"I don't think I'm going to do it [Sunday]," Francona said. "I'm kind of on the fence, and since I am, I'm not sure I know what's right. But I think maybe I know what's not right. Until I'm positive that this is something to do, I better stay way. That's kind of how I feel. I'll probably stay away [Sunday], reevaluate it on the way to Philly. I'm just hung up. I'm struggling with it, and I don't want to do something I'm struggling with. If we put Gonzie out there and he got hurt, I'm just not ready to do it. Maybe three, four games into this road trip, maybe I will. We'll see."

Francona has mentioned the idea of playing...

06/25/2011 - 4:43pm
Source: Millwood not exercising opt-out

PITTSBURGH -- According to a major league source, Kevin Millwood, who has been pitching for the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, chose not to exercise his opt-out -- which was June 20 -- and will remain in the Sox' organization with the understanding that exploring opportunities in other organizations may be revisited as the season progresses. Any team interested in the righty starter would still have go through the Red Sox in order to inquire about the services of Millwood.

The 36-year-old has pitched extremely well for the PawSox of late, compiling a 3-0 mark with a 2.89 ERA in five starts. Millwood, who joined the Red Sox organization after opting out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees earlier in the season, hasn't surrendered more than two runs in any of his previous four starts. He has struck out 24 and walked seven in his 28 innings of work with Pawtucket.

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06/25/2011 - 2:15pm
Lineup: Reddick, Drew in Red Sox outfield

PITTSBURGH -- Two new outfielders will be in the Red Sox starting lineup against Pirates right-handed starter Jeff Karstens, with Josh Reddick getting the nod in left field, while J.D. Drew gets the nod in right. Friday night featured right-handed hitting Darnell McDonald and Mike Cameron at the corner outfield positions for the Sox.

Both Kevin Youkilis (4-for-4) and David Ortiz (2-for-3) have had success against Karstens in limited opportunities, while the only two Pirates who have faced Red Sox starter TIm Wakefield are Lyle Overbay and Ronny Cedeno.

The following is the Red Sox batting order:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

J.D. Drew RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Josh Reddick LF

Marco Scutaro SS

Tim Wakefield P

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06/25/2011 - 11:41am
Lonborg: 'Absolutely love' interleague play

Red Sox pitching legend Jim Lonborg joined Sports Saturday on WEEI at the Red Sox team store and talked about the hot-button issue that is interleague play in modern baseball. While others talk about their dislike for it, Lonborg said he actually enjoys the AL-NL matchups.

"I absolutely love it now. I wasn't a big fan of it in the beginning. But I think in terms of getting to know some of the other ballplayers that are playing professionally and have great skills, I think it's a great opportunity for people who love baseball to be able to see the other talent in the other league."

That being said, Lonborg, who pitched in Boston from 1965-71 before the designated hitter rule came in to effect in 1973, said he's not particularly enthused about the DH's role in the modern game. 

"I'm not a big fan of the DH," Lonborg said. "Being able to have played in the American League into the early 70's then going to the...

06/25/2011 - 10:10am
Cassidy named coach of P-Bruins

Bruce Cassidy was named coach of the Providence Bruins, the B's AHL affiliate, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday morning. 

Cassidy was coach of the Capitals starting in 2002-03 and compiled a 47-45-9-6 record in parts of two seasons in Washington while leading the team to a playoff berth in his first year. In his one previous year of experience as a head coach in the AHL, Cassidy led Grand Rapids to 42-27-11-0 record before moving on to become the Caps coach the following season. He has also held the position in the ECHL and IHL.

Cassidy had worked as an assistant for the P-Bruins for the past three seasons under Rob Murray, who was let go after the team failed to make the postseason for the second straight season.

For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins or the Big Bad Blog.


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