Red Sox picked up Marlon Byrd yesterday from the Cubs. The deal was officially Byrd and cash considerations from the Cubs for relief pitcher Michael Bowden and a player to be named later. I don't know if it was Ben Cherington or Theo Epstein who fired the deal up, but who thought Marlon Byrd would make a difference on this team right now?
Apparently our centerfielders can't keep their shoulders in their sockets, as Jason Repko went down with what Bobby Valentine labeled as a "slight separation," after Jacoby Ellsbury popped his right shoulder sliding into Reid Brignac a week ago. Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ross have panned out pretty well for us so far this season, and with Carl Crawford still nursing his left wrist, the Sox needed a quick fix. Game time is 8:05 against the Yankees, weather pending over Fenway.