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02/26/2012 - 3:31pm
Maddon OK's beer: 'We're not' the Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While the Red Sox were in Day 2 of full-squad workouts on Sunday, just 40 minutes to the north in Port Charlotte, Rays manager Joe Maddon fired the first real salvo of training camp, announcing why he plans to still allow beer in the clubhouse.

"We're not the Boston Red Sox," Maddon said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

That reaction is not entirely surprising. Maddon, a renown wine connoisseur, is known for his player-friendly style, allowing players to show character and personality. In the wake of the Red Sox' September collapse and the reports of beer drinking in the Sox' clubhouse, Maddon blasted the idea that the proper response would be for Boston to regulate alcohol consumption in the clubhouse.

"To say a grown-up can't have a beer after a game? Give me a break," Maddon told WEEI.com...

02/26/2012 - 3:11pm
Ellsbury: Long-term deal 'always possibility'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jacoby Ellsbury and the Red Sox did not engage in conversation about a long-term deal this offseason, coming off a year in which he was the runner-up in the AL MVP race while hitting .321 with a .376 OBP, .552 slugging mark, .928 OPS, 32 homers, 39 steals and 105 RBI. Instead, he and the Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.05 million deal for 2012.

That said, Ellsbury suggested that while he was deferring to agent Scott Boras to deal with contract talks with the Sox going forward, he would be open to the idea of signing to stay with the Sox beyond the 2013 season, after which he will be eligible for free agency.

"There's always that possibility. I kind of leave that up to my agent. I was just happy we could get everything worked out this year. As far as future contracts and stuff like that, I let them take care of that and inform me if there's a decision to be made," said Ellsbury. "I love...

02/26/2012 - 2:51pm
Beckett: Beer ban 'doesn't matter to me'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A day after Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told his team that there would be no alcohol in the clubhouse or on plane trips returning to Boston from road games, starting pitcher Josh Beckett told WEEI.com that the decision was of little consequence to him.

"I don't get paid to make those decisions," said Beckett in the JetBlue Park home clubhouse Sunday afternoon. "It doesn't matter to me."

Announcing the new rule Saturday, Valentine cited his decision not to have alcohol in the Mets' clubhouse during his time as manager for New York from 1996-2002. Red Sox DH David Ortiz said Saturday regarding the mandate, "It doesn’t matter. We’re not here to drink; we’re here to play baseball. This ain’t no bar."

The Red Sox are the 19th team in Major League Baseball to ban alcohol in the clubhouse.

When asked in October by WEEI.com about the talk of potentially banning...

02/26/2012 - 10:21am
Lucchino: 'Relish' underdog role for Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox CEO/President Larry Lucchino said that, one year removed from fielding a team that was viewed as the consensus odds-on favorite to win the World Series, he was ready to embrace the fact that the Sox are now viewed with widespread skepticism. He suggested that the Sox are ready to embrace underdog status.

“I am absolutely not concerned about [the fact that some are predicting the team to finish third in the AL East]. In fact, I relish it,” Lucchino said some time after the morning press conference. “I’ve had enough of the overestimation, the hype attached to last year’s team.”

Even as he is happy to see the hype dissipate, Lucchino said that he considers the team right now to be better than the one that finished the 2011 season. He also believes that, as constructed, it is a roster capable of competing for a championship.

“When I say [championship-caliber team], I mean...

02/25/2012 - 10:59pm
Bergeron leads Bruins to win in Ottawa

The Bruins produced their biggest scoring night in more than a month, as Patrice Bergeron found the back of the net twice in a 5-3 victory over the Senators in Ottawa. Bergeron also assisted on a Brad Marchand goal, on a night when the Bruins also received scoring strikes from both David Krejci and a second-period goal from Carter Camper, whose second period goal was the first of his three-game NHL career.

Tim Thomas turned away 27 of 30 Senators shots on goal, though after the Bruins carried a comfortable 4-1 lead into the third period, Ottawa winger Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in a two-minute stretch late in the final period to bring his team back within a goal at the 17:52 mark. However, Bergeron's empty netter in the game's final minute sealed the contest.

The Bruins now head home from a six-game roadtrip in which they went 3-2-1. They will play the Senators on Tuesday at TD Garden.

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