Quote of the Day: Larry Lucchino calls the Red Sox “scrappy underdogs”

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Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was at Jet Blue Park yesterday. Money quote:

“I actually like being the underdog … We’re just scrappy underdogs trying to win for our franchise and for our fans.”

The Red Sox’ esimated payroll for 2013 is $162 million. As of last year they were the third most valuable franchise, had the second most in revenues and the second most in operating income.

But hey, it’s your team Larry. If you want to call the Sox “scrappy underdogs,” I’m not gonna stop you.

Ronald Acuña batting sixth, playing left field in his Braves debut

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The Braves have made it official, announcing that they have called up top prospect Ronald Acuña. He’ll bat sixth in tonight’s game against the Reds and will start in left field.

Acuña will be wearing number 13, no doubt to honor past Braves luminaries like Adonis Garcia, Nate McLouth, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Eichelberger and Jerry Royster, all of whom have worn the fabled 1 and 3. Feel like he stands a pretty good chance of besting their exploits.

The 20-year-old Acuña was 11-for-his-last-33 with a homer, a double, four walks, and three stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett following a slow start. He tore it up in spring training, however, and hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season across three levels of the Braves’ minor league system.

The future was delayed a bit, but it’s here now for the Atlanta Braves’ phenom.