Notes: Sox to honor Bruins before game


Notes: Sox to honor Bruins before game

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON The Red Sox will host a ceremony to honor the Stanley Cup champion Bruins before the finale of the three-game series with the Brewers Sunday afternoon. Several Sox players wore hats in the clubhouse commemorating the Bruins championship, including Darnell McDonald.

Im excited, McDonald said. Ive never seen the Stanley Cup. It should be pretty cool.

It will be the first meeting between manager Terry Francona and Bruins coach Claude Julien.

More importantly, it will be the first time he gets to meet me, Francona joked. Im sure hell be impressed.

The Bruins could have the run of the clubhouse, Francona said.

- The Sox have gotten limited production from right fielders this season, hitting a combined .223 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 70 games.

Most of that is attributable to J.D. Drew, who is hitting .225 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 55 games.

"Being honest, J.D. hasn't caught fire," Francona said. "That's just being honest. But he always seems to have the ability to have that one big spurt.

I know it's there. So, rather than run away from him -- I know we've sat him against a bunch of lefties -- we'd love for him to get hot because I know it's in there."

- Francona on Mike Cameron adjusting to being a part-time player:

I think it's certainly not mentality because he's as good as you're going to find. If Cam's strong and healthy enough, I think he's used to playing every day. I think it is a change for him. It's been hard for him so far to be productive.

"I think there are guys that are more able to transition to being part-timers.

You try to think about that when you're putting your team together.

- Jonathan Papelbon is off his two-day suspension and is available for Sundays game.

- The game is expected to start about 10 minutes late because of the pregame ceremony.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 28 games


Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 28 games

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has extended his hitting streak to 28 games with a second-inning double Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

It's the longest hitting streak in the majors this season and tied with Wade Boggs (1985) for the fifth-longest in Red Sox history. Dom DiMaggio holds the franchise record with a 34-game streak in 1949. DiMaggio's brother, Joe, hit in 56 straight games in 1941 for the major league record.

Bradley lined the first pitch he saw from Jorge De La Rosa into left field to keep the streak going.