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02/22/2012 - 2:33pm
Valentine: Iglesias, Ordonez different

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine spent part of his morning rounds watching shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias taking grounders. when he managed the Mets, Valentine had Rey Ordonez (the offensively deficient, three-time Gold Glover) to whom Iglesias is often compared. Defensively, Valentine's initial glimpse suggested that such praise for Iglesias' defense had merit.

"My first impression ... is that he can catch it. I bet you he can throw it after he catches it, too," Valentine said of Iglesias. "I did see similarities with Rey Ordonez in ball-glove action. Initially, it looked like he had more range than Rey."

While there are no questions about the excellence of Iglesias' glove, however, like Ordonez, there are questions about the 22-year-old's offense. Ordonez had the lowest career OPS (.600) of any player with at least 3,000 plate appearances in the last 20 years. A year ago, as a 21-year-old in...

02/22/2012 - 2:00pm
Source: Rondo named All-Star replacement

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will replace Hawks guard Joe Johnson in Sunday's 2012 NBA All-Star Game, joining teammate Paul Pierce as an Eastern Conference reserve, according to a team source.

The Hawks announced Johnson will miss the team's next two games, against Jeremy Lin's Knicks and Dwight Howard's Magic, as well as the All-Star Game following an MRI that revealed left knee tendinitis.

The All-Star selection is the third straight for Rondo, who turned 26 on Wednesday and will sit against the Thunder in the team's final game before the break to fulfill his two-game suspension for throwing a ball at a referee during a loss to the Pistons on Sunday.

Despite missing eight games due to a wrist injury midway through this season, Rondo is averaging a career-high 14.8 points and ranks second in the NBA with an average of 9.5 assists through 22 games.

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02/22/2012 - 1:56pm
Brady 'deeply saddened' by Martinez's death

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady released a statement through his Facebook page regarding the death of his mentor, Tom Martinez, who passed away Tuesday.

Wrote Brady: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my coach, mentor and friend. Coach Martinez’s invaluable assistance and support will never be forgotten and will always have a lasting impact on my life. The time we spent together remain some of my fondest memories. His legacy of commitment, toughness and determination will live on forever."

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02/22/2012 - 1:11pm
Iglesias: 'Not focused' on winning Sox job

Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias stopped by for a chat with Lou Merloni on Wednesday at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

Iglesias, 22, battled through injuries last season with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .235 with a .285 on-base percentage and .269 slugging percentage in 101 games. In the field he made 12 errors for a .973 fielding percentage. Iglesias was called up for 10 games with Boston and had two hits in six at-bats.

"It was a tough year, but the good thing was I finished strong," the Cuban defector said with a heavy accent. "I made an adjustment at the end of the year. And I think this year's going to be a good one."

The Red Sox traded Marco Scutaro in the offseason, but Iglesias isn't expected to inherit the job this year.

"I'm not really focused about that," he said. "The only thing I can control is to get better every day, working hard, doing my best on the field and trying to...

02/22/2012 - 11:15am
David Ortiz: 'I thought I was done here'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a 30-minute session with the media outside JetBlue Park, David Ortiz talked about (among other things) going through much of the offseason with the uncertainty of being a free agent.

The Red Sox DH admitted that there was a time during the offseason -- prior to agreeing to his one-year, $14.575 million deal with the Sox --  that he thought his time with Boston might be done.

"Yeah. I’m not going to lie to you. Yeah. At one point, I thought I was done here," he said. "But, like I say, our front office, they got caught into a lot of things this offseason. At one point, I was like, ‘OK, I guess I’m not a priority to here.’ That’s the way it looked like to me at one point. But my agents, they explained to me what was going on. This team was looking for a GM, a manager, other stuff, and it took them some time to put it together. After that, they went to the players. It was a little...

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