Red Sox decide to go with 13 pitchers


Red Sox decide to go with 13 pitchers

DETROIT -- The Red Sox settled on their final 25-man roster Wednesday, a day before the season opens.
The Sox opted to begin the year with a 13-man pitching staff featuring five starters (Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront) and an eight-man bullpen (Alfredo Aceves, Mark Melancon, Matt Albers, Franklin Morales, Michael Bowden, Vicente Padilla, Justin Thomas and Scott Atchison).
"Just in case,'' said manager Bobby Valentine of the 13-man staff. "Obviously, what we're doing here without Andrew Bailey has not been totally planned for. So we're going to try to protect other members of the bullpen as we iron out this entire situation. I don't expect to be 13 for the entire season - or possibly, even by the homestand (which begins April 13).
"But it could be.''The 13-man staff leaves the Sox with just three bench players (Kelly Shoppach, Nick Punto and Darnell McDonald) in addition to the starting nine of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, seconed baseman Dustin Pedroia, shortstop Mike Aviles, third baseman Kevin Youkilis, DH David Ortiz and outfielders Ryan Sweeney, Jacoby Ellsbury and Cody Ross.
The Sox will have to make some additional roster moves since Padilla, Thomas and Atchison were all on minor league deals with invites to major-league spring training.
The most likely move will involve putting some injured players (Daisuke Matsuzaka, Rich Hill) on the 60-day disabled list.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”