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06/17/2009 - 1:01pm
Francona on Dale and Holley: Daisuke to the 'pen not happening
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, appearing in his weekly segment on the Dale & Holley Show (with Mike Felger filling in for Dale Arnold), touched on many topics Wednesday at noon, with Daisuke Matsuzaka being a topic of note.
 
Francona on why he doesn't feel sending Matsuzaka to the bullpen would be beneficial:
 
"My first thought was that if we tell him that we're putting him in long relief that's probably not going to build his confidence a whole lot. You know, there's a lot of things to think about. When you put a guy in the bullpen, who comes out of the bullpen? When you send a guy to the bullpen, how does he react to the bullpen? Daisuke is typically our guy who takes the longest to warm up, that's a given. He goes out there a good 45-50 minutes before the game and throws a lot, so is that going to work? If you put a guy in the bullpen and he hasn't pitched a lot in three weeks and you need a...

06/17/2009 - 11:55am
Lowell Spinners roster includes eight draft picks

The preliminary roster for the 2009 Lowell Spinners includes eight selections from last week's major-league draft. The list is subject to change, since not all of the players have signed agreements, and all are subject to physicals and drug tests. Still, the preliminary roster accurately reflects those draft picks whom the Sox expect to be under contract officially by the time that the New York-Penn League season begins.

The group of draftees:

--RHP Alex Wilson (2nd round)
--OF Shannon Wilkerson (8th round)
--C Michael Thomas (12th round)
--OF William Holmes (14th round)
--LHP Michael Bugary (15th round)
--RHP Christopher Court (23rd round)
--RHP Jeremiah Bayer (30th round)
--1B Drew Hedman (50th round)

Not all of these players have officially agreed to terms or are officially under contract, so the roster is subject to change.

Other players scheduled to join Lowell's...

06/17/2009 - 11:44am
Matsuzaka: 'I know I cannot be in this situation'

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka talked at length with Japanese reporters prior to Tuesday's game. Now 1-4 with a 7.55 ERA, the pitcher sounded a note of urgency about proving to the Red Sox that he is worthy of maintaining a spot in the pitching rotation, particularly now that John Smoltz is scheduled to join the rotation on June 25.

"It has been hard, but I know I can not be in this situation," Matsuzaka said. "I have to bring my (stuff) back as quickly as I can. I really want to pitch for the team to win, with focusing on my details (of pitching)." (Translation courtesy of reporter Hiroki Tohda.)

For more on the implications of Smoltz' return for Matsuzaka and the other members of the Red Sox rotation, visit the Full Count blog.


06/17/2009 - 9:25am
Report: McHale out as T-Wolves head coach

Kevin Love has a lot of goals in the NBA. Breaking news was not one of them. But early Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Timberwolves forward unknowingly played the role of the reporter on Twitter.

@kevin_love: Today is a sad day...Kevin McHale will NOT be back as head coach next season.

Love Tweeted about McHale’s status with the Timberwolves before the organization had made any news public. According to the Associated Press, “Upon seeing the posting, a person in the league was told McHale sent a text message to Love indicating he was not coming back. The person requested anonymity because no official announcement has been made.” Visit Green Street for more...

06/16/2009 - 9:40pm
Ortiz homers, Red Sox roll

David Ortiz hit his fifth home run of the season and Tim Wakefield gave up two runs over sixth inning as the Red Sox cruised to an 8-2 win over the Florida Marlins, Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The Sox, who broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning, pounded out 12 hits, with Dustin Pedroia, Nick Green, George Kottaras, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz each collecting a pair of hits. Ellsbury also managed his 26th and 27th stolen bases of the season.


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