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06/27/2011 - 5:21am
Mashup: Wade Boggs turns to acting

Former Red Sox star Wade Boggs, whose most famous television acting gig was a guest spot as himself in an episode of "Cheers" in the 1980s, appeared in the Syfy channel's original movie "Swamp Shark," which debuted Saturday night. Boggs plays "dimwitted lawman Deputy Stanley," who helps an evil sheriff cover up the accidental unleashing of a gigantic man-eating shark into the Louisiana Bayou. Boggs explained that he based his character on Yankees pitching legend Ron Guidry, aka "Louisiana Lightning."

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


06/27/2011 - 12:59am
Tazawa activated, optioned to Double-A

Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery in early 2010, was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday and optioned to Double-A Portland, for whom he will make his first start tonight. To make room for Tazawa on the 40-man roster, left-hander Rich Hill (who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month) was placed by the Sox on the 60-day disabled list.

The 25-year-old, who signed as an amateur out of Japan, had a rehab assignment with Hi-A Salem that commenced last month. In six outings, he was 0-1 with a 6.05 ERA. However, both his velocity and results improved as he worked his way through the rehab assignment. After getting shelled for 12 runs in his first two outings, he allowed just one run in 12 innings over his next four starts, striking out 10, walking one and allowing seven hits in that span.

That, in turn, positioned Tazawa -- who was named to the All-Star Futures Team in 2009 -- to be activated and then...

06/26/2011 - 5:21pm
Ortiz: 'I went with everything I got'

PITTSBURGH -- After his team's 4-2 win over the Pirates, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz recounted his race home that led to the Sox' fourth run Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. 

The score came when Ortiz tagged up on Kevin Youkilis' fly ball to right field, narrowly hitting home plate before Pittsburgh catcher Eric Fryer could apply the tag. Ortiz went into a partial slide, while also making contact with Fryer with the baserunner's left shoulder.

"I went with everything I got, man," he said. "The thing is his left leg was on the other side of the line and that's where you go through. But things happen in the game. It was good it wasn't anything bad, just a little touch and the contact you have with the catcher, but no collision."

Asked if he thought Fryer might be frightened seeing Ortiz barrel down on him, the Sox' designated hitter joked, "He took it like a man."

Ortiz, who pinch-hit for Red Sox starting...

06/26/2011 - 5:01pm
Eye doesn't figure to sideline Drew

PITTSBURGH -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said following his team's 4-2 over the Pirates Sunday afternoon that the bruise below J.D. Drew's left eye, which forced him from the game in the second inning, didn't figure to be something that should keep the outfielder out of action.

"He was in the cage before the game, he bunted and the ball came up and hit him in the eye," Francona said. "He got a pretty good shiner there and it was starting to affect his vision."

Drew, who was replaced by Darnell McDonald following the visitors' half of the second inning, struck out in his only at-bat. The right fielder's only action in the field came when he caught Neil Walker's line-drive to end the first inning.

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06/26/2011 - 4:52pm
Pedroia: 'When you rake that happens'

PITTSBURGH -- Talking after his team's 4-2 win over the Pirates Sunday afternoon, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia downplayed the growing animosity involving Pittsburgh starting pitcher James McDonald. McDonald came close to hitting Pedroia in each of the No. 2 hitter's first three at-bats, with the final incident leading the Sox infielder to shout out at the Pirates' hurler.

"It's baseball," Pedroia said. "When you rake that happens sometimes."

Both teams were eventually warned by home plate umpire Greg Gibson after Andrew Miller came close to hitting the foot of Pirates catcher Eric Fryer in the sixth inning.

Pedroia finished the three game series at PNC Park hitting .308 (4-for-13) with two walks, a run and an RBI. He is now hitting .276 after entering June at .245.

"We did enough to win and that's basically it," Pedroia said. "We swung the bats good when we needed to and it's good to get out...

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