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The Dice Man cometh. Ready or not, Daisuke Matsuzaka returns to the mound this Saturday, facing big-league hitters for the first time in more than a year. He will take Daniel Bard's place in the Red Sox rotation after Bard imploded under the roof at Rogers Centre last Sunday. Bard is now in Pawtucket trying to figure out what manager Bobby Valentine calls a "mechanical mystery" and Matsuzaka will try to figure out the upstart Washington Nationals lineup. Dice-K hasn't pitched a big-league game since May 16, 2011. In case you don't remember that outing, let me remind you that...

How Many Games Will Daisuke Matsuzaka Win This Season?

Three hundred and sixty-four days after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Red Sox fans will finally get a look at a newly healed Daisuke Matsuzaka. The righty, who was perhaps the most hyped Sox signing in decades, has spent the past few months rehabbing his arm and experiencing various complications along the way. But at long last, Matsuzaka will make his return to the mound against...

Dice-K to Start on Saturday

Guess who's back?  Dice-K's back!  Exactly one year to the day of the date that Daisuke Matsuzaka had Tommy John surgery he will be taking the mound for the Red Sox.  Dice-K will be pitching on Saturday in Daniel Bard's spot in the rotation.   Dice-K had what was supposed to be a final short outing on Tuesday before being activated.  The Sox hoped that he would...

Report: Daniel Bard Hits Two of First Three Batters He Faces During Minor League Appearance

Daniel Bard was sent to the minor leagues to iron out some kinks in his delivery. He's still got some work to do. Bard hit two of the first three batters he faced on Friday night as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox, according to ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald. Considering how his last start went, that's about the worst possible start that you could imagine. The Red Sox starter...

Daniel Bard's Demotion Has Fans Thinking Positively About Eventual Return to Big Leagues (Video)

Daniel Bard is headed to the minor leagues to straighten some things out, and how long he will stay there is up in the air at this point. When he returns, however, many Red Sox fans seem optimistic about his chances at contributing positively to the Sox pitching staff -- in whatever role that may be. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers for their reactions to...

Red Sox Hope Daniel Bard Can Correct Mechanics in Pawtucket, Still Envision Him as Starter For Now

BOSTON –– Daniel Bard didn't feel a demotion was necessary. But after the right-hander suffered control issues in Sunday's start against Toronto –– where he walked six batters and plunked two –– general manager Ben Cherington, manager Bobby Valentine and pitching coach Bob McClure thought otherwise. As a result of a private meeting between the Red Sox brass, the...

Video: Jacoby Ellsbury & Bobby Valentine Run on Dunkin

Here is another Dunkin Donuts commercial. This one features Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and manager Bobby Valentine. {flvremote}{/flvremote} Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well. In case you missed it, here's the first commercial with just Ellsbury in it.

Bobby Valentine Believes Jarrod Saltalamacchia Is Gaining Confidence in 'His Life and His Game' (Video)

Jarrod Saltalamacchia nearly pulled out another Red Sox win on Tuesday night, and manager Bobby Valentine couldn't have been happier with the catcher's clutch performance. Valentine talked about the importance of Salty's ninth inning game-tying home run run and even credited the catcher for his growing confidence both on and off the field. Check out the video above to...

Game 59: Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals

Time: 4:05 p.m. TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI Red Sox (29-29) Nava LF Pedroia 2B Gonzalez RF Ortiz DH Youkilis 1B Middlebrooks 3B Aviles SS McDonald CF Shoppach C Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (no stats) Nationals (33-23) Lombardozzi LF Harper RF Zimmerman 3B LaRoche 1B Morse DH Desmond SS Espinosa 2B Ankiel CF Flores C Pitching: LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-2, 2.31)

Bard Sent To Pawtucket

Pete Abraham reported via twitter that Daniel Bard has been sent to AAA.  This is after his worst start of the season.  It was reported that the corresponding roster move was to activate Darnell McDonald.    Shelley Thoughts on this: I think the most that Bard needs is confidence and I'm not sure sending him down to AAA does this.  I can't help having visions of the...

Red Sox, Orioles Readying to Bulk Up Rosters With Very Different Kinds of Reinforcements (Video)

The Red Sox aren't at full strength, but they're getting there. Daisuke Matsuzaka is on his way back, Jacoby Ellsbury, Andrew Bailey and Ryan Kalish are getting healthier too, and pretty soon the Sox will have everyone they need to challenge for a playoff berth. The Orioles are trying to bolster their roster too, but the Red Sox might have the upper hand as far as reinforcements...

Jarrod Saltalamacchia's Continued Clutch Hitting Shows Catcher's Growing Confidence

Editor's note: is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. With two outs and a 1-2 count in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday night Jarrod Saltalamacchia showed once again that he's not afraid of the big moment. Saltalamacchia blasted...

Pedroia returns from thumb injury

Dustin Pedroia reassured Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine that the torn muscle in his right thumb felt well enough that he could play Tuesday night. And so, Valentine didn't have any misgivings about scribbling Pedroia's name on a lineup card after a six-game absence. Wearing a custom-fitted brace, the former AL MVP batted second, played his usual second base position...

Afternoon Red Sox Delight - 6/9

After falling last night 7-4, the Boston Red Sox look to take the middle game of a three-game set this afternoon against the Washington Nationals at Historic Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Nationals television market, you can catch the game on MASN. And if you don...

Daily Notes, Including Actual News on Bard and Bauer

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Actual News: Daniel Bard and Trevor Bauer at Triple-A 2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Actual News: Daniel Bard and Trevor Bauer at Triple-A Regarding Trevor Bauer Right-handed Arizona pitching prospect Trevor Bauer made his fifth start for...
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