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04/13/2011 - 9:45am
Remy on D&C: Crawford is Sox' catalyst

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday.

Remy noted there have been signs that indicate the Red Sox will break out of the slump soon. "You've got to believe it," he said. "They're just too good to be playing like this. It's frustrating for everybody."

Added Remy: "The catalyst to me is [Carl] Crawford. When he gets going, I think everybody's going to get going."

Jed Lowrie has had the most success at the plate among Red Sox hitters, but he remains in a part-time role while the struggling Marco Scutaro starts at shortstop. "I still think Jed Lowrie has a chance to be a very good player," Remy said. "And I think he's showing that. He's finally healthy. He's finally come into spring training strong. He looks good when he's playing, especially at shortstop, and he's swinging the bat well.

"And I think if Scutaro goes...

04/13/2011 - 7:48am
Mashup: Amaker stays at Harvard

After meeting with officials from the University of Miami on Monday, Tommy Amaker announced Tuesday that he will remain Harvard's basketball coach. Amaker has spent four years in Cambridge, leading the Crimson to a share of the Ivy League title this past season. He reportedly turned down a five-year deal with Miami worth about $1.1 million per season. "I'm appreciative of and flattered by the interest shown in me by other fine universities, but I am proud and honored to represent Harvard," Amaker said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing my efforts to teach, lead and serve at this great institution."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


04/13/2011 - 1:13am
Francona: Sox looking to play Lowrie

At a time when the Red Sox are struggling for offensive consistency, infielder Jed Lowrie has been red hot. The infielder was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles (both off of starter David Price) in the Sox' 3-2 loss to the Rays, and he is now hitting .438 this season. While Lowrie opened the year as a utility infielder, manager Terry Francona acknowledged after the game that he will try to find more playing time for the 26-year-old.

"He’s really swinging it," Francona said. "He’s having some pretty professional at-bats. That’s what we saw at the end of last year. ... When he’s swinging like this -- and we think he’s a good player -- but when he’s swinging like this, you probably look for ways to get him in there."

While Lowrie played third on Tuesday (with Kevin Youkilis serving as DH and David Ortiz sitting against Price), the most logical place for him to get more playing time would be in...

04/12/2011 - 10:07pm
Damon demons again: DH beats Sox

One night after collecting three hits, including a home run, Johnny Damon did it again to his former team with a clutch two-run, go-ahead single as the Rays edged the Red Sox, 3-2, Tuesday night at Fenway Park. David Price was dominant over 7 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs and outdueling Red Sox starter Jon Lester. 

Darnell McDonald belted his first homer of the season on an 0-1 curveball from Price in the third to stake Lester to a 1-0 lead. Lester was cruising through four innings, striking out seven. But he allowed three straight one-out hits in the fifth before Sam Fuld hit a chopper to Adrian Gonzalez at first. Gonzalez chose not to tag Fuld and instead try to get the force out at the plate. The throw was late and Kelly Shoppach scored to tie the game. Damon followed with a single to center to give the Rays the lead. 

Lester got three double-play grounders Tuesday to help him finish seven innings, throwing 109 pitches...

04/12/2011 - 8:32pm
Bruins will have ninth overall pick
By: DJ Bean

The Devils won the NHL draft lottery Tuesday night, meaning they got to move up the maximum four spots from No. 8 to the fourth overall pick. Given that the team that won the lottery was already picking ahead of the Bruins, the B's, who have Toronto's first-round pick from the Phil Kessel deal, will remain at ninth overall.

For the second consecutive year, the Oilers will pick first overall. Edmonton selected Windsor (OHL) left wing Taylor Hall with the top pick last season. Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini had tried to swing a deal with Boston to get the second overall pick as well in order to secure both Hall and Plymouth (OHL) center Tyler Seguin, but the B's kept the pick and selected Seguin. 

The rest of the top five has Colorado picking second followed by the Panthers, Devils and Islanders. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


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