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.
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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.
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MARINERS LINEUP VS. RED SOX
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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.
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...
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Greg, Chris and Steve talk about the Oakland Raiders as a franchise in general and their recent pitfalls. A once storied franchise, they've now become the punchline to a joke.
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Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
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DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
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Adam Schefter joins MFB to talk about the latest with Roger Goodell and how he is going to handle his upcoming press conference.
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For our final segment we take a look back at the infamous Snow Bowl and the Tuck Rule play, this time via Raiders radio and more.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
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Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
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