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Kevin Youkilis is a burly and bruising figure, definitely someone you wouldn't want to get angry out of fear he might charge you like an opposing pitcher. While Youk may appear to be a fierce, grizzly person on the outside, the Red Sox third baseman is really a very gentle and compassionate person. His preference in musical selection is a perfect example of his softer side, as the hulking home run hitter revealed his favorite song is actually Billy Joel's Piano Man. Youkilis explained that he has a unique fondness for Joel's music and even revealed that that song in...

Mark Melancon sent down to Pawtucket, Junichi Tazawa called up

Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon was optioned to AAA Pawtucket today according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. This demotion comes as no surprise when you look at how bad Melancon has looked this year. Most didn’t expect him to put up the numbers he had in Houston, but nobody expected him to give up runs and home runs at the rate that Melancon has done so far. Melancon is...

Sox send Mark Melancon to Pawtucket

As many speculated this morning, the Red Sox decided to option Mark Melancon to Pawtucket to work on his game in a less pressure-filled environment. The expected-to-be-solid setup man has an ERA just south of 50.00, so it's probably a good idea to take a look at what's going on. In his place comes Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa has been a promising pitcher for years now, but has...

'Red Sox Small Talk' Features Questions From Young Students at Number of Different Schools

Red Sox Small Talk kicked off with Kevin Youkilis fielding questions from a number of young students. There's still plenty more Red Sox Small Talk segments to come, though. Youkilis was the first gues on the new segment, which will be airing throughout the season on Sundays during NESN's Red Sox pregame coverage. The Boston third baseman was asked questions that ranged from...

Daniel Bard Pleased That Terry Francona Is Returning to Fenway Park (Video)

Terry Francona will be back at Fenway Park this Friday as the Red Sox celebrate Fenway's 100th anniversary. Francona, who managed the Red Sox for eight years, originally said he wouldn't make the trip. But now he says he'll be there with all of the former players and Red Sox greats. Former Red Sox player and Red Sox GameDay LIVE presented by UNO analyst Jim Rice gives...

Kevin Youkilis Unloads First Homer, Points To Jeff Bagwell's Example Of Snapping Slumps

BOSTON –– Before the 6-3 loss, Bobby Valentine sensed progress. In the skipper's eyes, Kevin Youkilis was just one pitch, possibly one blooper away from returning to his All-Star form. Turns out, Valentine was wrong about the blooper. In the bottom of the second, Youkilis crushed Derek Holland's 93 mph sinker into the stands for his first round-tripper of the season,...

Kevin Youkilis Doesn't Expect Issues with Bobby Valentine to Linger, Hopes Team is 'One Big Happy Family'

BOSTON –– Kevin Youkilis wants to leave the past in the past. In the aftermath of Bobby Valentine's poignant comments surrounding his physical and emotional commitment, the Red Sox third baseman shrugged off the assumption the issue was lingering. "I hope not," Youkilis said. "I hope its one and done type thing and we're all good and we're all one big...

Orioles pick up former Sox prospect Luis Exposito off waivers

One of the downsides of the Jacoby Ellsbury (other than the obvious losing-an-MVP-caliber-center-fielder piece of it) was that the Sox had to designate two young players for assignment. One was Michael Bowden, a once promising pitcher who flamed out as a below-average reliever in Boston. The other was Luis Exposito, a catcher some of us hoped would take the reigns from Jason Varitek...

Theo Epstein not invited to Fenway celebration

Red Sox went through an 86-year World Series title drought, and the man that was the architect of putting together the team that finally slayed the dragon in 2004 was not invited to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park. Theo Epstein, the former GM of the Red Sox, was left off the guest list [...]

Prospect Watch Will Middlebrooks

Will Middlebrooks has proven he’s the future at 3rd base this past spring. However, there’s no room up in the Majors for him with Youkilis and Gonzalez patrolling the corner bases. However that hasn’t stopped Middlebrooks to prove his worth in Triple-A. He’s already up to 16 RBIs on the young season. Has hit 5 multiple hit games in his past 6 games. And has 4 HRs in...

Fenway Park's 100th Anniversary Celebration Set For April 20

Here's the release from the Boston Red Sox with some of the details concerning the 100th Anniversary Celebration at Fenway Park tomorrow: BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will face each other tomorrow at 3:05 p.m., just as they did on the same date at the same time on the same field 100 years ago.  Both clubs will wear replicas of the uniforms they...

Mike Napoli Nearing 'Chuck Norris' Legend Status With Another Stellar Night Against Red Sox (Video)

The Red Sox rallied in the ninth, but it was too little too late as the Texas Rangers managed to hold on for a 6-3 win over the Red Sox, led by another Mike Napoli home run. The Rangers catcher continues to eat Red Sox pitching up, blasting in five RBIs while growing his legend among Red Sox fans as one of those guys they hate seeing come up to bat. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette...

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Preview

So good, so good, so good. Or is it? The Boston Red Sox ownership wants you to feel that way, masking the Red Sox miserable 4-8 start behind the 100th year ceremony of Fenway Park. Today, they will make their best efforts to make you think about the past, and not the present. But then Terry Francona will step [...]

Dugout Digest - the destruction of the Red Sox

One day after the critical Bobby Valentine comments about Kevin Youkilis (and the Red Sox losing to the Rays in a game many are blaming Valentine for), the Red Sox welcomed the Texas Rangers to town for a two game series. The first game didn't go exactly as Bostonians planned. Red Sox starter Jon Lester allowed seven runs (while only getting six outs), but things settled down...

Red Sox vs. Rangers: Defending American League champs come to town

David Ortiz hopes to continue his torrid pace against the Texas Rangers Games Tuesday April 17th, 2012, 7:10 EST: Red Sox (Lester) vs. Texas Rangers (Lewis) Wednesday April 18th, 2012, 7:10 EST: Red Sox (Beckett) vs. Texas Rangers (Holland) Congratulations Red Sox! You won a series this year! Now, you get rewarded by playing one of the better teams in the American League, the Texas...

Fenway Park Celebrating 100th Anniversary the Only Way That It Can Be Celebrated

@CLNS_Mike Major League Baseball’s oldest ballpark opened its gates shortly after Boston Red Sox owner John Taylor bought the land for the facility in 1911. Taylor decided on the name “Fenway Park” because of the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. On April 20th, 1912, Fenway Park hosted its first game between the Boston and the New [...]
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