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08/01/2012 - 8:16am
Mashup: Doc to coach Team USA?

Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski has an excellent piece on the possibility of Celtics coach Doc Rivers becoming coach of Team USA for the Olympics in 2016. This is a must read. As WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery has echoed to me on many occasions, players love playing for Doc. You would have to figure this would bode well for the Celtics, too. Rivers hamming it up with the elite players could be beneficial while recruiting during free agency, which Doc has been known to do very well anyway.

Read more about that story and others at Wednesday's Morning Mashup at the Out of Bounds blog.


08/01/2012 - 12:23am
Injured Beckett: 'You always notice' boos

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, who was pulled from Tuesday's starter after 2 2/3 innings when he experienced back spasms in part due to a slippery mound, said that while the injury forced him out of his team's 4-1 win over the Tigers, it was not as severe as the back injury he suffered in similiar circumstances in New York in 2010.

In 2010, Beckett ended up missing more than two months after his landing foot slipped on the Yankee Stadium mound. This time, the right-hander said, was not comparable. The starter had retired each of the first eight batters he faced before an infield single with two outs in the third. While pitching out of the stretch for the first time of the game, his back "locked up" on Tuesday to the point where he could no longer command the ball, resulting in a hit batter and then two straight walks, including one to force in a run.

At that juncture, Beckett signaled for the Red Sox training staff to come to the mound....

07/31/2012 - 11:23pm
Trade win: Beckett leaves early in win

Jacoby Ellsbury worked a bases-loaded walk off Tigers ace Justin Verlander to break a 1-1 tie as the Red Sox scored four times in the fourth in a 4-1 rain-shortened win over the Tigers at a soaked Fenway Park. 

The Red Sox overcame the loss of Josh Beckett to back spasms after just 2 2/3 innings. The Red Sox starter allowed one hit and one run, walking two and striking two and hit a batter as the Red Sox earned their fourth straight win and moved to 53-51 on the season. Clayton Mortensen (1-0) earned the win, throwing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after Beckett left, allowing just one hit, and overcoming three walks. Mortensen was called up by the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day after the team dealt Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to Arizona for lefty reliever Craig Breslow right before the trade deadline. 

Franklin Morales earned his first save of the season as he came on in relief of Mortensen in the sixth. He...

07/31/2012 - 8:21pm
Beckett leaves in third with back spasm

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left with two outs in the third inning of Tuesday night's game against the Tigers with what the team classified as a back spasm. He was replaced by reliever Clayton Mortensen.

Beckett had retired the first eight batters before Omar Infante reached on a slow roller to shortstop. The starter then proceeded to hit Austin Jackson and issue back-to-back walks to Quintin Berry and Miguel Cabrera to force in the game's first run.

After the final pitch to Cabrera, Beckett signaled to the dugout for the training staff. After being examined by assistant trainer Brad Pearson and having a consultation with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, the righty left the game. He finished throwing 49 pitches (27 strikes).

Beckett experienced back problems throughout the 2010 season.

For more Red Sox news, go to weei.com/redsox.


07/31/2012 - 6:16pm
Atchison likely needs Tommy John

Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison received discouraging news, as an MRI on his right elbow revealed the possibility of a torn ulnar collateral ligament that would require Tommy John surgery, according to manager Bobby Valentine. Atchison will seek a second opinion.

In 37 games spanning 46 innings, Atchison had a 1.76 ERA with 34 strikeouts and nine walks while emerging as a key late-innings contributor for the Red Sox in the first half. However, he pitched just once in the second half, before landing on the disabled list with what was initially a forearm strain. While the team was hopeful that rest and rehab would suffice to improve his elbow, Atchison allowed three runs on three hits while striking out two in a Friday rehab appearance in Triple-A Pawtucket, and the pain that had been in his forearm seemingly spread to his elbow.

That led to the MRI, which revealed the potential tear of the UCL. If Atchison requires Tommy John, it would not only...

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