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Morning Sox Stuffers 4/12/11: Johnny Damon Returns, Hits Homer, Ruffles Feathers

Speed walkin' Johnny loves his speed walkin'! (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Speed walkin' Johnny loves his speed walkin'! (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Back In Boston

After Home Run, Damon Relishes Reception -- Rob Bradford, WEEI

Johnny Damon: 'You're welcome for 2004' -- Peter Abraham, Boston Globe

"I get booed. They absolutely despise me. I just have to say, ‘You're welcome for '04. You're welcome for making it fun again over there.' ''

Hate him or hate him (no, there's no option), Johnny Damon played one hell of a game of baseball yesterday. But that's not about to win the hearts of the Red Sox fans back--especially not when he's making comments like that. Red Sox who leave the team on good terms get the thanks of the fanbase and the appreciation of their contributions to the team. But when you leave for the Yankees, you make it very clear that it's all business, and nothing but. So with that being said, I guess you're welcome for the salary, Johnny.

Dan Wheeler's First Fenway Appearance A Milestone Moment -- Tim Britton, Providence Journal

It was a poor outing, but Dan Wheeler's first appearance in Fenway was a big moment for the Rhode Island native.

Maddon: Crawford Fits Best in No. 2 Spot -- Rob Bradford, WEEI

Terry Francona Confident In Curt Young’s Abilities -- Paul Kenyon & Tim Britton, Providence Journal

After Daisuke's terrible outing, the rumblings from the fanbase about Curt Young aren't likely to get any quieter. But Terry Francona has no doubts when it comes to his new pitching coach.

David Ortiz Believes Designated Hitters Deserve Hall of Fame Consideration -- Michael Hurley, NESN

Hideki Okajima Trying To Work His Way Back To Boston -- Scott McLaughlin, WEEI

Licensing Board Calls Red Sox To Plate -- Laurel J. Sweet, Boston Herald

Junichi Tazawa Starts the Road Back -- Alex Speier, WEEI

Around The AL East

Angst Over Derek Jeter’s Hitting Is Off To A Robust Start -- Ben Shpigel, New York Times

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 8: Bullpen Blows A 6 Run Lead, Mariners Beat Jays -- Tom Dakers, Bluebird Banter

Orioles Lose J.J. Hardy To Oblique Strain -- Stacey, Camden Chat


MLB In General

Cahill, A's Agree To Contract Extension -- Jane Lee,

A deal remarkably similar to Clay Buchholz'. One wonders if there was any modeling going on there.