BOSTON -- The Red Sox have switched the start time of Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics from 7:10 p.m. ET to 1:10 p.m., so that fans can also watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals that evening between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks.
The Bruins are trying to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972. Game 2 of that series will be played at 8 p.m. ET.
In 2008 and '10, when the Boston Celtics were in the NBA Finals, the Red Sox made similar adjustments with start times.
All Fenway Park gates will open at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday, with a limited opening on Yawkey Way at Gates A and D at 11:10 a.m., and NESN's pregame coverage will begin at noon.
Additionally, the Red Sox-Athletics contest will air on WEEI 850 AM, with the pregame show starting at noon. Fans can also hear the game broadcast by Spanish Baseball Productions on WWZN 1510 AM.
'Back at 100 percent,' Jenks comes off DL
BOSTON -- If the timing had been different, perhaps Bobby Jenks would have been more intrigued by the subplot of facing his former team for the first time -- the one he won a World Series with in 2005.
But the circumstances being what they are, Tuesday night was about nothing more than Jenks being activated from the 15-day disabled list and hoping he can start pitching at a high level for his new team, the Boston Red Sox.
"If it was any team right now, I'd have that same motivation, because I'm coming off the DL and I want to get back to work," said Jenks, who allowed two hits in scoreless eighth inning of Boston's 10-7 loss. "I'm back at 100 percent. [My] arm is feeling great. I had a few rehab starts down in Pawtucket. I was throwing the ball well. I was commanding all my pitches and feeling very good."
Things weren't going so well for Jenks prior to going on the DL. In 11 games, he was 1-2 with a 9.35 ERA. He now admits that pitching through a right biceps injury that eventually landed him on the DL was not the smartest thing he's done.
"It was a solid two weeks, two-plus weeks, that I was feeling this, thinking I could just keep throwing through it," Jenks said. "Unfortunately, we just didn't catch it in time."
How long did it take for the injury to calm down?
"To get back feeling no pain, it was about a week-and-a-half," Jenks said. "It was a pretty good strain -- real close to a major tear. It was unfortunate."
The down time enabled Jenks not only to get healthy, but to refine his mechanics, which had gone astray.
As for his parting with the White Sox, Jenks now admits he wishes it could have been a little more amicable. There were things said through the media between the righty and former manager Ozzie Guillen.
"Sure, I regret it," Jenks said. "Absolutely. I spent a lot of time there."
Now he's ready to go against them.
"It's going to be weird, but once the game starts and once my inning is there and ready to go, it's down to business," Jenks said.
To make room for Jenks on the roster, the Red Sox optioned right-hander Michael Bowden back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Dice-K gets second opinion on right elbow
BOSTON -- Red Sox righty Daisuke Matsuzaka received a second opinion in Southern California on Tuesday from Dr. Lewis Yocum, and it didn't sound as if there were any new revelations.
The Red Sox diagnosed the righty with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The club didn't expect Yocum would differ much with their reading.
Instead, with Yocum's wealth of experience, the Red Sox and Matsuzaka hoped to get a little better feel for the timetable of the righty's rehab and eventual return.
"Nothing new diagnostically," manager Terry Francona said of Matsuzaka's meeting with Yocum. "He's flying back tomorrow -- probably not in time to sit down and talk to him. He's already been in touch with our medical people and everything, but we'll sit with him and go over everything and let the doctors talk. I'm sure they already have, and then we'll try to get a little better handle on where to go from here. Or how to go and the timing of it, things like that."
Well-rested Lester will start next Yankees series
BOSTON -- After going through a stretch in which they only had one scheduled day off during the month of May, the Red Sox won't play on Thursday or Monday. That enabled manager Terry Francona to do some reshuffling with his rotation, allowing Jon Lester to get seven days of rest before his next start.
Lester's next outing will come on Tuesday night, when the Red Sox open a three-game showdown in the Bronx against the Yankees.
Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett will also pitch in New York.
The break comes at a good time for Lester, who has given up four earned runs or more in four of his last five starts. For the season, the lefty is 7-2 with a 3.94 ERA. In Monday night's loss to the White Sox, Lester threw 127 pitches, just three shy of the career high he fired in his no-hitter in 2008.
Francona said the decision to give Lester the break was made before Monday night's start. The timing just seemed right.
"I think he does [think it's the right time], too," Francona said. "We talk to these guys about this stuff, too. We don't ever want to give a guy a rest where we think we're helping him and we're actually getting in the way."
The other moving part in the rotation later this week is the expected return of John Lackey, who will likely pitch on Sunday afternoon against the A's.
Where does that leave Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves, who have done a stellar job filling in for both Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka?
Francona said he might mix and match the two starters in the fifth spot.
"We have a little bit of a luxury to figure out what we want to do. We don't know yet," Francona said. "We'll get to it. They've both done extremely well. We're thrilled. We may have the luxury of mixing and matching a little bit, depending on who we're playing, because they're both a little bit unique. They are stretched out. They can pitch in the bullpen. So again, we'll try to do whatever is in our advantage, and I don't think we know what that is yet."
Scutaro could start rehab stint this weekend
BOSTON -- Marco Scutaro could start a Minor League rehab assignment as early as this weekend, according to manager Terry Francona. Following a checkup with team medical director Dr. Tom Gill on Monday, the shortstop was cleared to resume all baseball activities.
Scutaro has been sidelined since May 8 with a left oblique strain.
"He'll be out on the field today and we'll see where that takes him and when," Francona said. "It could be as early as this weekend, maybe, playing, but we'll see. It's just going to go completely on how he's doing."
Lefty Franklin Morales, on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, also got an encouraging report after being examined by Gill.
"Structurally, very good and sound, which is really good news," Francona said. "He had some swelling in his flexor mass, which I'm sure caused him a little bit of what he's feeling. He felt way better yesterday than he did the day before, so that's good news. We just want him to go out and be able to pitch like he can. It's hard, especially [for] a guy like him, [because] he throws hard. He rears back and lets it go. He's not a real finesse guy. We want to let him be able to do that."