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06/27/2011 - 12:34pm
Celtics bring in Pitt guard Gilbert Brown

In addition to draft picks JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, the Celtics also have undrafted University of Pittsburgh guard Gilbert Brown in town to meet with the coaches.

Brown told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that Celtics head of basketball operations Danny Ainge contacted him shortly after the draft to say that Boston would be interested in signing the fifth-year senior, who averaged 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a fifth-year senior for the Panthers.

"I'm definitely encouraged that the Celtics were interested," Brown told the Post-Gazette. "I was talking to them all day. They said it was the flip of a coin [between Moore and Brown] when it came time to make the pick."

Contracts for undrafted free agents will not be offered, however, until the NBA's labor situation is resolved, and so Brown is planning...

06/27/2011 - 12:27pm
C's draft picks ready to contribute

The Celtics introduced their two draft picks at Edison Elementary school in Brighton on Monday and both JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore said they are ready to do whatever it takes to help the team. Both players spent four years at Purdue and both earned their degrees. Celtics president Danny Ainge said the experience will help both players.

"These guys have both improved a lot over the course of their college careers," Ainge said. "They’ve played a lot of big games in a lot of hostile environments. I think that can only help." 

Johnson, who stands at 6-foor-10 but only 220 pounds said he will look to add weight to stand up to the rigors of the NBA. Both he and the team see him as a four-man as opposed to a center. "I can run the floor, rebound, defend and be able to knock down that 15-18 foot shot pretty consistently," Johnson said. "That’s what I can bring to the team." 


06/27/2011 - 6:21am
Mashup: Wade Boggs turns to acting

Former Red Sox star Wade Boggs, whose most famous television acting gig was a guest spot as himself in an episode of "Cheers" in the 1980s, appeared in the Syfy channel's original movie "Swamp Shark," which debuted Saturday night. Boggs plays "dimwitted lawman Deputy Stanley," who helps an evil sheriff cover up the accidental unleashing of a gigantic man-eating shark into the Louisiana Bayou. Boggs explained that he based his character on Yankees pitching legend Ron Guidry, aka "Louisiana Lightning."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.

06/27/2011 - 1:59am
Tazawa activated, optioned to Double-A

Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery in early 2010, was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday and optioned to Double-A Portland, for whom he will make his first start tonight. To make room for Tazawa on the 40-man roster, left-hander Rich Hill (who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month) was placed by the Sox on the 60-day disabled list.

The 25-year-old, who signed as an amateur out of Japan, had a rehab assignment with Hi-A Salem that commenced last month. In six outings, he was 0-1 with a 6.05 ERA. However, both his velocity and results improved as he worked his way through the rehab assignment. After getting shelled for 12 runs in his first two outings, he allowed just one run in 12 innings over his next four starts, striking out 10, walking one and allowing seven hits in that span.

That, in turn, positioned Tazawa -- who was named to the All-Star Futures Team in 2009 -- to be activated and then...

06/26/2011 - 6:21pm
Ortiz: 'I went with everything I got'

PITTSBURGH -- After his team's 4-2 win over the Pirates, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz recounted his race home that led to the Sox' fourth run Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. 

The score came when Ortiz tagged up on Kevin Youkilis' fly ball to right field, narrowly hitting home plate before Pittsburgh catcher Eric Fryer could apply the tag. Ortiz went into a partial slide, while also making contact with Fryer with the baserunner's left shoulder.

"I went with everything I got, man," he said. "The thing is his left leg was on the other side of the line and that's where you go through. But things happen in the game. It was good it wasn't anything bad, just a little touch and the contact you have with the catcher, but no collision."

Asked if he thought Fryer might be frightened seeing Ortiz barrel down on him, the Sox' designated hitter joked, "He took it like a man."

Ortiz, who pinch-hit for Red Sox starting...

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