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06/22/2012 - 2:56pm
Millar: I'd take Youk over Middlebrooks
By: WEEI

Despite Kevin Youkilis’ subpar performance this season and multiple trade rumors, former Red Sox infielder and current MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar said he’d take Youkilis over rookie Will Middlebrooks.

“If [Youkilis] is healthy, I do want him in pressure situations over Will Middlebrooks. That’s my opinion,” Millar said. “Now, Will’s doing a great job right now, don’t get me wrong. But I’m telling you, [a] healthy Youkilis gives me the [important] type of at-bats, ninth inning against the Yankees in September, period.”

Millar applied the same logic to the impending position battle in the outfield between regular Carl Crawford and call-up Daniel Nava. Nava took Crawford’s place in the outfield after Crawford went down with an injury and has filled in well.

“You own the Red Sox and you invest in [Crawford] for $140 million,...

06/22/2012 - 10:21am
Report: Youkilis will be traded soon

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Red Sox will trade Kevin Youkilis "soon" and are engaged in "heavy dialogue " with the White Sox regarding the veteran infielder. 

Rosenthal reports that the preference of the Sox would be to deal Youkilis to the National League -- with the Dodgers as a team still in the mix -- but the White Sox may be most willing to deal. The White Sox have a significant need at third base, with Brent Morel out indefinitely with a back injury and Orlando Hudson struggling in Morel's absence.

The Brewers and Indians have also scouted Youkilis, who is batting .225 with four homers and 13 RBI this season. Youkilis has not played in each of the last two games as Will Middlebrooks remained at third base and Adrian Gonzalez started at first base.

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06/22/2012 - 10:01am
C's may have promised Royce White, or not

ESPN's NBA draft insider Chad Ford speculated that the Celtics may have made a promise to Iowa State forward Royce White to select him with the first of their two first-round picks in next week's draft. Sports Illustrated draft expert Sam Amick reported that White does not have a promise from the Celtics. 

What is true is that White has pulled out of scheduled workouts, leading to the speculation that he has a promise from someone. Most mock drafts had White in the 20-25 range, and the Celtics have the 21st and 22nd picks in the draft, so it's entirely possible they could take him whether they made a promise to him or not.

At 6-foot-8 and 261 pounds, White is a skilled forward who can handle the ball, score and rebound. He played point forward with the Cyclones and is one of the best passing forwards...

06/22/2012 - 7:41am
Schilling on D&C: 'I'm tapped out' financially

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, joining Dennis & Callahan in studio for 90 minutes Friday morning, said he is "tapped out" financially following the demise of his video game company.

Schilling said he invested "just north of $50 million" of his own money and lost it all. "I'm tapped out," he insisted.

Schilling said he sat down his family about a month ago and explained to them that "38 Studios was probably going to fail and go bankrupt, and that the money that I had earned and saved during baseball was probably all gone. And that it was my fault. And that they might start hearing some things in school and things like that. And let's be clear: We're not talking about a terminal illness or somebody dying. But it's a life-changing thing. It's not a conversation I would wish on any father, or on anybody. But I had to do it, and explain to them that part of growing up is being accountable. This was my...

06/22/2012 - 7:13am
Mashup: Spurs' Parker sues NY club for $20M

Spurs guard Tony Parker on Thursday filed a lawsuit against a New York City nightclub for $20 million after he received a scratched retina during a fight involving singer Chris Brown and hip-hop star Drake. The dispute apparently centered around the singer Rihanna, who both men have dated. Parker accused the W.i.P. club in SoHo of being negligent in security and supervision for allowing the fight to happen.

Police say members of Drake's entourage stopped Brown as he was leaving, and the situation escalated into a fight in which bottles were thrown. Brown, his girlfriend and his bodyguard were injured along with five others.

"The defendants were reckless, careless and negligent in permitting Drake's entourage and Brown's entourage to be in the club at the same time despite known tension between the two," the filing states.

Parker has said he was "with my friend Chris Brown" when the player "took some punches." He...

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