I'm still high about the whole situation. I was sad when I (was traded). I was afraid I'd never see Fenway Park again. I'm just elated to be back. ... For a backup catcher to get that kind of applause (a standing ovation when he was announced on Monday), I'll never forget it.
Once I heard (the Red Sox) were interested, the one thing I made clear was 'Please, don't trade me to the Yankees.' Kevin Towers told me, 'I granted your wishes. I'm going to make you a Red Sox again.'Jonathan Papelbon was named AL Rookie of the Month for April. He was 10-for-10 in save chances and finished four other games without allowing a run. He's struck out 16 batters in 15.1 innings and opposing hitters are batting a mere .137. ... "I haven't thought about starting since the season started. I don't know what the future holds. ... I may have been quoted before saying I wanted to start, but I'm feeling pretty good about this closing deal."
Mariano Rivera, after seeing Paplebon on Monday:
He has a lot of abilities. He proves he can throw strikes. That's the key. What I saw from him is he threw strikes and he challenged hitters. If you do that, you go far. That's my approach, always. It always has been. No matter who it is, you have to go for it. ... There's still a lot of road in front of him and a lot still to prove, but so far, he's doing good.Josh Beckett has not been inside Yankee Stadium since Game 6 of the 2003 World Series. He will likely open the Red Sox's series there next week. Boston will pitch Beckett, Matt Clement and Curt Schilling.
0503, 1:00 PM -- Great bit Amalie Benjamin's story on the cross-country trip of the Stud Who Hits Bombs:
"I was excited," said Mirabelli, who, against some people's advice to "cut the cord," had watched every Red Sox game this season. "I was hoping it was going to get done. I was worried the Yankees would step in and do that. I'm glad it worked out the way it did. I knew, since they were flying me across country, that they wanted me here as fast as possible. I told Theo [Epstein] after I got traded, 'If I can make it on time, I'll play.'"
May 3 - Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 6
May 4 - Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4