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07/03/2009 - 4:37pm
Francona pregame notes: Bay having a "tough time"
By: DJ Bean

Speaking before tonight's hopeful game between the Red Sox and Mariners, Terry Francona touched on a variety of topics, including his decision to flip-flop David Ortiz and Jason Bay in the batting order.
 
"Jason's had a tough time lately," said Francona. Bay has just one hit in his last five games and has struck out 11 times during the span. The Sox skipper noted that that Bay has been behind fastballs and ahead of breaking balls. He did not say whether he would be back in the cleanup spot tomorrow.
 
Francona also attributed the move to adjusting to Mariners starter Felix Hernandez. Francona noted that Hernandez is "that good" and that it was a good idea to spread out the right-handed hitters. Hernandez, who is third in the AL with a 2.54 ERA, has held righties to a .219 average on the season.
 
-Francona said he...

07/03/2009 - 3:46pm
Ortiz batting cleanup vs. Mariners
By: DJ Bean

David Ortiz has hit in nine of his last 10 games and has a career average of .364 against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez, so he'll bat fourth tonight against Seattle's ace. Mark Kotsay (.455 lifetime vs. Hernandez) will bat sixth and play first base. Tim Wakefield will attempt to be the first pitcher on the season to reach 11 wins.
 
RED SOX LINEUP VS. MARINERS
 

Drew, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Bay, LF
Kotsay, 1B
Ellsbury, CF
Green, SS
Kottaras, C

Sp - Wakefield
 
MARINERS LINEUP VS. RED SOX
 
Ichiro, RF
Branyan, 1B
Lopez, 2B
Griffey, DH
Gutierrez, CF
Langerhans, LF
Woodward, 3B
Johnson, C
Cedeno, SS

Sp - Hernandez


07/03/2009 - 3:18pm
Fenway Area Weather Update
By: DJ Bean

Here's a notice from the Red Sox regarding the weather for tonight's game:
 
The current weather forecast (provided by the Red Sox private weather service, Meteorlogix) in the vicinity of Fenway Park calls for the possibility of scattered thunderstorms to move through the area during the late afternoon and early evening hours.   
 
The Fenway Park gates will open at the regularly scheduled time of 5:10 p.m., and the Red Sox expect that tonight’s game with the Seattle Mariners, which is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m., will start on time.  However, the Red Sox want to alert our fans to the current forecast and to the possibility of delay.
 
This forecast is of course subject to change as the day progresses. Additional updates will be provided as necessary.


07/03/2009 - 12:51pm
Recchi: 2009-10 season with B's will "probably" be his last

Mark Recchi talked about his one-year, $1 million deal to return to the Boston Bruins for the 2009-10 season on Friday afternoon, and said that next season in Black and Gold will likely be his last NHL campaign. The 41-year-old has a pair of Stanley Cup rings -- one with the Pittsburgh Penguins and another with the Carolina Hurricanes -- but returned to Boston with the feeling that he may be able to go out of his playing career on top of the hockey world next season. Recchi has authored 545 goals in a Hall of Fame-level career with a handful of NHL teams, and said it was his "first priority" to return to Boston and wrap up some unfinished business with a dressing room full of hungry hockey players.
"I think this is probably going to be it," said Recchi, who finished with 16 points in 18 games after being traded to the B's on March 4 last season. "I want to go out and finish it off right by winning another championship and...

07/03/2009 - 12:19pm
Report: Wallace considering C's, three other teams

Gary Tanguay of Comcast Sports New England spoke to agent Bill Stickland, who represents free-agent Rasheed Wallace. Stickland told Tanguay that his client was impressed after a meeting with Celtics representatives, including managing partner Wyc Grousbeck, GM Danny Ainge, coach Doc Rivers, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The decision, the agent told Tanguay, is currently between Boston, Orlando, San Antonio and Dallas.


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