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12/06/2016 - 9:38am
Source: Red Sox acquire reliever Thornburg

OXON HILL, Md. — The Red Sox have seemingly taken care of their top offseason priority.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have acquired hard-throwing relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers. Multiple outlets report that the Red Sox will be sending the Brewers infielder Travis Shaw, minor-leaguer infielder Mauricio Dubon and minor-league reliever Josh Pennington.

The 28-year-old Thornburg totaled a 2.15 ERA in 67 appearances for the Brewers in 2016, saving 13 games. He struck out 90 batters in just 67 innings, walking 25.

Thornburg, a third-round selection by Milwaukee in the 2010 draft, throws his fastball between 94-97 mph. He has had issues with his right elbow, having been shut down for a period the 2014 season, but found success (and health) once the Brewers committed to him as a reliever last season.

Thornburg won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2019 season.

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12/06/2016 - 7:51am
Mashup: Bud Selig opens up on steroid era

Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBA) College basketball: Brown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS2) College basketball: Purdue vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Princeton vs. California, 7 p.m. (FS1) College basketball: Villanova vs. La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Youngstown State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Fresno State at Marquette, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: IPFW at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Texas at...

12/05/2016 - 11:10pm
Pastrnak scores OT winner in 4-3 win

What you’re watching is a boy become a man in David Pastrnak.

In just his 21st game of the season, it was the 20-year-old Pastrnak that came through with two key goals, including the overtime game-winner, in a 4-3 final over the visiting Panthers, his 14th and 15th goals of the year.

His clinic against the Cats was just par for the course in a game in which the Bruins simply devoured the Panthers’ D for 36 shots against.

The weak point of the Panthers through the first two months of the season, the Bruins exposed their shoddy defensive play with some first period trickery. Or just some flatout mind numbing patience.

It was center David Krejci that set up camp behind the Florida net with enough patience and borderline boredom from No. 46 that lulled the Panthers into a puck-watching daze while winger Tim Schaller broke...

12/05/2016 - 11:09pm
Bruins' Beleskey out 6 weeks with knee injury

A thin position just got even thinner for the Bruins.

Injured in the first period of last Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Sabres on a collision with Sabres defenseman Taylor Fedun at the attacking late in the first period, and absent from Monday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena for further evaluation from the B’s medical staff, the Bruins have confirmed that winger Matt Beleskey will miss the next six weeks with a right knee injury.

A fixture on the club’s third line with Riley Nash and Austin Czarnik, the extended absence for Beleskey comes in a year in which he’s scored just two goals and totaled five points on 44 shots in 24 contests.

Beleskey entered Monday’s contest leading the Bruins in hits, however, with 62.

In his place, the Bruins will have to lean heavily on a left side combination...

12/05/2016 - 10:47pm
Horford misses last-second layup in C's loss

The Celtics were handed a gift Monday night in Houston, but they treated it like an ugly sweater on Christmas morning — something they’ll look back on only with disdain.

Trailing by three and without the ball with 16 seconds left, the C’s were put in position to win after Rockets star James Harden was called for an offensive foul — and a flagrant 1 to boot — but Boston could not capitalize.

After Marcus Smart hit two free throws to get the C’s within a point, Isaiah Thomas missed a driving layup, although the C’s retained possession when Harden knocked it out of bounds. On the ensuing inbounds, Al Horford caught the ball at the 3-point line and found an open lane to the basket but missed a layup with one second remaining, allowing Houston to escape with a 107-106 decision.

Harden led all scorers with 37 points on 8-of-14 field goals (3-of-5 treys) and 18-of-18 free throws. He also had eight rebounds, eight assists...

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