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04/05/2011 - 4:48pm
Tito explains approach to Crawford in lineup

CLEVELAND – For the fourth time in four games, Red Sox manager Terry Francona tried out a new lineup, Tuesday night. Most notably, Carl Crawford, who hit seventh after manning the No. 3 spot for the first two games of the seasons, was slotted in the second slot for the Sox with Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin on the mound.

Francona said he still might be moving Crawford around, whether it’s the No. 2 or 3 spots, or potentially finding himself lower in the order against left-handers. Throughout his career, the outfielder has spent more time in the second spot than any other place in the lineup.

Crawford explained that prior to Tuesday night’s game at Progressive Field that he hit leadoff for most of his minor league career up until he reached Triple A, when the speedster was moved to No. 3.

“In the big picture I don’t think it matters. But I just thought third the first couple of days, coupling with him...

04/05/2011 - 3:43pm
Buchholz: Salty in a good situation
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz joined The Big Show Tuesday, discussing a number of topics with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley. On the subject of his first start, in which four of the five hits he allowed to the Rangers left the park as solo homers, he noted that he could expect mistakes to be hit hard in Texas. 

As for having a new starting catcher, Buchholz preached patience for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He said that the 25-year-old, who has started all three games thus far and is 0-for-10 at the plate, is learning with both the pitchers and Jason Varitek.

"He's definitely got a person that he can go to in 'Tek to figure out some of the things that he needs to know as far as what our pitchers do, what our staff does, what the bullpen does," Buchholz said. "We sat down a couple of times, talked about what I like to do as far as being ahead in the count, throwing  strike one and going from there.

"It's not going to...

04/05/2011 - 2:33pm
Thornton (stitches) hopes to play Wednesday
By: DJ Bean

 WILMINGTON -- After missing last the last three games due to stitches above his right eye, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said he hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Islanders. The stitches, of which there were approximately 40, will be removed before the game, and Thornton said he just needs medical clearance and the OK from Claude Julien. 

"I think so, but I'm not 100 percent [sure]," Thornton said Tuesday of the possibility of him returning. 

"We'll figure it out tomorrow," Julien said. "He's day-to-day and that hasn't changed. We'll see tomorrow and make a decision on him, whether he's capable of jumping in our lineup or not."

Thornton began skating without a shield on Monday and participated in Tuesday's proactice with linemates Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


04/05/2011 - 2:11pm
Lineups: Crawford hits second, Salty catches

CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox will be using their fourth different lineup in as many games when they face the Indians and righty starter Josh Timlin Tuesday night, with Carl Crawford moving up to the second spot, Dustin Pedroia hitting behind him, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia back in as the Sox' catcher, hitting eighth. 

The entire Red Sox lineup against the 26-year-old Tomlin is as follows: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Crawford CF, Pedroia 2B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Kevin Youkilis 3B, David Ortiz 1B, J.D. Drew RF, Saltalamacchia C, Marco Scutaro SS, Josh Beckett P.

The Sox faced Tomin once in 2010, going seven innings while giving up a grand slam to Adrian Beltre. Four members of the current Sox team were playing that day, with Scutaro the only one of the remaining group to notch a hit. Drew, Ellsbury, and Ortiz all went hitless in the outing.

The Indians will send up the following lineup against Beckett: Michael Brantley CF, Asdrubal Cabrera SS, Shin-Soo...

04/05/2011 - 11:10am
Milbury: Bruins 'having trouble' with Seguin

NESN analyst Mike Milbury was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday morning. Milbury was first asked about Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, a game that saw the Bruins blow a three-goal lead. 

Claude Julien told reporters after the game that the Bruins "decided to get cute" with the 3-0 lead. Milbury didn't think that was the case.

"No, I took it as a sloppy effort by a Bruins team that didn't have much at stake," said Milbury. "And I think they'll turn the page real fast, and not worry too much about it, not read too much into it. Give the Rangers credit, they got a little lucky, [Tim] Thomas was not on his A game, the Bruins were a little sloppy and the Rangers were just desperate. In the end, I wouldn't read anything more into it than that."

The loss almost locks the Bruins into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Assuming that is where the Bruins...

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