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Morning Sox Stuffers 4/21/2011: Red Sox Face Questions Behind The Plate

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Back In Boston

Peter Gammons on the catching situation, Okajima, Lowrie -- WEEI

Would Triple-A catcher Luis Exposito represent a viable alternative?

I think because of Federowicz' catch-and-throw ability, that's his skill. He can do those two things. The question is going to be the hitting. I think he would be No. 1 on the list right now. if they had to make a move, he'd be the guy they'd bring up.

It's an interesting thought, and one I think I might agree with. Federowicz' defense certainly seems a lot more likely to translate instantly to the majors than, say, Lavarnway's offense, and he's superior to Exposito in that category. The problem is, do the Sox think there's any possibility for him as a long-term starter (his bat has been surprising this year), and if so, is it worth the risk of so heavily messing with his development?

Red Sox Closers future, past and present -- Alex Speier, WEEI

Resurfacing some legitimate long-term concerns for Red Sox - Rob Bradford, WEEI

Eighth-inning call still perplexes Francona -- Evan Drellich, MLB.com

Daniel Bard: The Stopper -- Peter Abraham, Boston Globe

Daniel Bard not only knows about Fangraphs, but Shutdowns and Meltdowns? It's not always a good idea to have a player's head wrapped up in the numbers, but having a greater idea both of a reliever's role and how he can best ensure he fulfills it can't hurt.

Andrew Miller feeling good about his command - Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal

Rich Hill makes adjustment, waits for Boston’s call -- Paul Kenyon, Providence Journal

And yet, we get Okajima.

Around The AL  East

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2 -- Frankie Camp, Pinstripe Alley

It's not exactly encouraging seeing Bartolo return to Cy Young form, I have to say.

The View From The Other Side -- Tom Dakers, Bluebird Banter

Orioles 5, Twins 4 -- Stacey, Camden Chat

Rays 4, White Sox 1 -- Erik Hahmann, DRaysBay

They sure got to .500 awfully fast...

Do the Rays Need Power? -- Jason Collette, DRaysBay

 

MLB In General

MLB Takes Over Dodgers, Expos Fan Nods Sadly -- Jonah Keri, FanGraphs