Notes: Sox to honor Bruins before game

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Notes: Sox to honor Bruins before game

By Maureen Mullen
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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.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter at http:twitter.commaureenamullen.

Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia sits, Owens on mound

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Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia sits, Owens on mound

The day after clinching the A.L. East title despite a loss, the Red Sox send out a semi-makeshift lineup Thursday night as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees in the Bronx. 

Reserve third baseman Aaron Hill is leading off, Dustin Pedroia gets the night off, Deven Marrero starts at second base, and David Ortiz is, somewhat surprisingly, back in there at DH against left-hander C.C. Sabbathia (8-12, 4.02 ERA).

Left-hander Henry Owens (0-1, 7.79) gets the start for the Red Sox in place of Drew Pomeranz, who is bothered by tightness in his left forearm and will work out of the bullpen, if at all, for the final four games of the regular season.

The lineups:

RED SOX

Aaron Hill 3B

Andrew Benintendi LF

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Chris Young RF

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Ryan Hanigan C

Travis Shaw 1B

Deven Marrero 2B

Henry Owens LHP

 

YANKEES

Brett Gardner LF

Jacoby Ellsbury CF 

Gary Sanchez DH

Starlin Castro 2B

Didi Gregorius SS

Chase Headley 3B

Brian McCann C

Aaron Hicks RF

Tyler Austin 1B

C.C. Sabathia LHP 

Mass. lawmakers propose naming bridge near Fenway for Ortiz

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Mass. lawmakers propose naming bridge near Fenway for Ortiz

One of the biggest gifts David Ortiz could get this weekend as he plays his final regular-season games is a well-traveled area right outside Fenway Park.

Massachusetts lawmakers have taken steps to name the Brookline Avenue bridge that spans the Mass Pike between Newbury and Lansdowne streets near the ballpark the “David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) Bridge.

The House Ways and Means committee included the proposal as part of a spending bill that the full House could vote on as soon as Thursday and, if approved, send on to the Senate. 

“David Ortiz’s accomplishments and heroics on and off the baseball field have made him a living legend, and his heartfelt contributions to the communities here and in his native Dominican Republic have made him an icon,” said Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker. “As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am thrilled to be able to help our Commonwealth create a lasting ‘Thank You’ to Big Papi through the renaming of this bridge.”

The proposal calls for a “suitable marker” to be placed on the bridge bearing the new name.

“I’m so excited to be part of this process of giving David Ortiz, one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, his proper due by naming a bridge in his honor,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “David has not only been an extraordinary baseball player, he has been an exemplary and inspirational member of our community, most notably after the Boston Marathon bombings. As a fan, I will miss his stride up to the plate followed by a clutch hit and the ballpark exploding into applause.”