Red Sox Manager Terry Francona briefly met with the media prior to Wednesday night's game against the White Sox. Here are some of the pre-game notes from his media session at Fenway Park:
On Tim Wakefield: The Sox are hoping he pitches with health. The Sox can play the corners a little bit tighter (to prevent bunts) since Wakefield's mobility is limited. Francona said "He may have to cover his position. We have to be aware of that."
On Wakefield's absence: His reliability is important and his reliable innings are valued. He made the All-Star team this year.
On the Red Sox Bullpen: Francona said "nobody's running on fumes."
On Senator Ted Kennedy: "That day was very special for me."(Kennedy's First pitch at Fenway on Opening Day). "He sent me a wonderful note."
Tim Wakefield makes his return to the Red Sox starting rotation after being out since the All-Star break. Wakefield will oppose Gavin Floyd of the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Here are the starting lineups for both clubs:
Ellsbury - CF
Pedroia - 2B
Martinez - C
Youkilis - 3B
Ortiz - DH
Bay - LF
Drew - RF
Kotchman - 1B
Gonzalez - SS
Starting Pitcher: Tim Wakefield
Nix - 2B
Beckham - 3B
Pierzynski - C
Konerko - 1B
Thome - DH
Dye - RF
Quentin - LF
Rios - CF
Ramirez - SS
Starting Pitcher: Gavin Floyd
Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma (a form of bone cancer) this spring, is set to return to classes and is hoping to return to play football for the 2010 season, according to ESPN.com. Herzlich has five rounds of chemotherapy remaining, but doctors have been encouraged by his initial results.
"Things are going really well," Herzlich said in the article. "The goal right now is to get rid of the tumor completely and to be healthy. That's the goal right now and they're encouraged that's what's going to happen."
While he will not play this season while completing his treatments, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year suggested that a return to the gridiron in 2010 could be realistic.
"Obviously, I'm not going to play this year because of the chemo,...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit to the Dale & Holley Show, said that first baseman Casey Kotchman (1-for-3 with a walk against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd) will be in the lineup for the Red Sox against the White Sox on Wednesday. Kevin Youkilis will slide to third base, and Mike Lowell (1-for-7 with a homer and walk against Floyd) will get the night off. Victor Martinez will serve as the catcher for starter Tim Wakefield, with Jason Varitek getting the night off.
"Pretty good lineup," said Francona. "We've got a pretty deep lineup tonight."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit on the Dale & Holley Show, said that reliever Enrique Gonzalez was designated for assignment following Tuesday's game in order to make room for Tim Wakefield on the roster. Wakefield, who has been on the disabled list since July 21, will be making his first start of the second half on Wednesday night against the White Sox.
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