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A few pre-game notes from Fenway Park

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 8, 2012 06:16 PM

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A few other notes from Fenway Park:

Batting practice was moved inside because of the rain. But Carl Crawford threw for the first time since coming back from his elbow injury and that went well.

About a dozen Sox players were engrossed in the NCAA tournament game between Stony Brook and LSU that went into extra innings before a rain delay.

Daisuke Matsuzaka refused interviews regarding his first start in the majors in a year. One of his staff members relayed a quote that said, "Saturday's game will be a special game. It represents a new step for me. It is going to be a very emotional day, but I have to remain calm and treat it like any other start I have had throughout my career."

Matsuzaka last started a game for the Sox on June 10, 2011.

Daniel Bard will pitch an inning for Pawtucket tonight against Indianapolis.

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