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Will David Price make scheduled start Sunday after Red Sox place him on paternity leave?

Will David Price make scheduled start Sunday after Red Sox place him on paternity leave?

On Friday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox placed starting pitcher David Price on paternity leave. And that created some questions about Price's next start.

Price is set to start the final game of the Red Sox' four-game series against the New York Yankees on Sunday night. Despite being on leave, it is well within the realm of possibility that Price could be ready to pitch in that contest. He can remain on paternity leave for up to three days but doesn't have to remain there for that duration, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe pointed out on Twitter.

Given this news, it appears that Price will still be on track for Sunday's start. The Red Sox likely just placed him on the paternity list to perform some creative roster moves.

The Red Sox and Yankees are going to be playing a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, one that Price wouldn't have been a part of. With Price out, the Red Sox will reap the benefits of being able to add another player to the roster in his place for those contests. They already were standing to benefit from the 26th man they can add to the roster during the doubleheader, but by running with just four starting pitchers, that will give them the option to have a little bit of extra bench depth or another arm in the bullpen for the two contests.

And, they won't lose Price long-term since he can only be out for up to three days anyway.

To fill Price's spot on the roster, the Red Sox called up Marco Hernandez. The second baseman was hitting .339 with 2 homers in 62 at-bats with the team before being sent to Pawtucket when Mitch Moreland rejoined the team. Hernandez had been in the minors for 11 days, so he was eligible to return to the big-league roster. Once a player is sent down to the minors, they must spend at least 10 days there before the team can recall them, unless an injury occurs.

For the moment, it seems that Price will have a chance to start on Sunday night against the Yankees. The Sox are just manipulating their roster as they look to find any edge they can in the critical series against the Yankees.

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Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

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Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Of all of Fenway Park's quirks, my favorite might be how the 315-foot sign on the Green Monster suddenly became 310.

It's possible I love this story because the sportswriter gets to be the hero.

In 1995, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy decided to settle one of the most persistent rumors of his career. He remembers hearing it as a cub reporter during the 1975 World Series, when the Reds insisted to a man that Fenway's famed left field fence couldn't possibly be 315 down the line.

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They all believed it was closer, but no one could prove it, because the Red Sox resisted periodic efforts to measure and answer the question once and for all.

That didn't stop the Globe from accessing the park's original 1912 blueprints, which showed the wall at 308 feet. They enlisted a World War II reconnaissance pilot to examine aerial photos, and he pegged it at 304. The author George Sullivan crawled up the foul line with a yardstick and settled on 309-5.

None of those numbers ever became official, though, because 315 by that point had been well-established as part of the park's lore. Fenway opened in 1912, was extensively renovated in 1934, and added bullpens in 1940, giving us the dimensions we essentially recognize today. For more than 60 years, the 315 sign at the base of the foul pole beckoned right-handed sluggers, terrified pitchers, and lived in what felt like perfect accuracy.

But Shaughnessy had other ideas. He finally decided to take matters into his own hands in March of 1995. His friends on the grounds crew looked the other way as he hopped a fence in an empty Fenway and unfurled a 100-foot Stanley SteelMaster tape measure.

It only took a matter of minutes to prove his hunch correct: 315 wasn't 315 at all.

It was 310, or 309-3, to be precise. Shaughnessy wrote about his findings in late April, and within a month, the Red Sox had quietly changed the sign to 310, which it remains to this day.

"My whole life looking at that wall, it was 315," Shaughnessy said. "Shortly after the story appeared, they changed it to 310, which surprised me. It was very un-Red Sox like in those days, and these days.

"Now when I see 310, I take some pride in that."