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12/06/2011 - 7:25pm
C's will open at home Dec. 30 vs. Detroit

The Celtics 2011-12 schedule was released on Tuesday night, and after three straight games on the road -- including the regular-season opener on Christmas Day against the Knicks in New York -- it was revealed that Boston will open at home on Dec. 30 against Detroit.

The home slate is highlighted by dates against Dallas (Jan. 11), as well as Miami (April 1 and 24) and Chicago (Jan. 13 and Feb. 12). Boston will also have 18 back-to-back dates during the abbreviated season, including road games against Miami and New Orleans on Dec. 27 and 28, Detroit and the World Champion Dallas Mavericks on the road on Feb. 19 and 20, and the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers on consecutive days in Los Angeles (March 11 and 12). In addition, they have games on three consecutive nights on March 13 through 15, with road games in Toronto, New Jersey and Charlotte.

The Celtics will make their annual West Coast swing in mid-March as part of their longest...

12/06/2011 - 5:55pm
Farrell: I didn't see issues when with Sox

DALLAS -- Speaking to the media at the Anatole Hotel at the baseball winter meetings, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he didn't experience any of the kind of problems that were reportedly taking place with the Red Sox while with the team as their pitching coach.

"I never saw some of the things that people would read about," Farrell said. "I really can't comment to what took place inside the clubhouse there. I know in the time I spent there I didn't see the things that were being reported on. They are opponent so it's our job right now to attempt in overtaking them in the standings and that's our approach day in and day out. I really can't comment on what took place."

Farrell also touched on the interest expressed by the Red Sox during their managerial search, repressing his stance that his total focus has always been managing the Blue Jays.

After initially stating that any Blue Jay employee could talk to other...

12/06/2011 - 5:18pm
Source: Sox offer Ortiz two years, $18M

According to an industry source, the Red Sox have offered designated hitter David Ortiz a two-year deal worth $18 million. News of the offer was first reported in a tweet from ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald.

Ortiz' representatives will meeet with the Sox tonight to continue negotiations betweenthe player and club. Ortiz has yet to make a decision on whether to accept salary arbitration; he must accept or decline the offer (which would guarantee him a pay increase, likely in the $15 million to $16 million range, on a one-year deal for 2012 while also keeping open the opportunity to discuss a multi-year deal) by midnight on Wednesday night. 

Ortiz made $12.5 million last season, and according to the source, he is looking to make the same amount annually in his next deal. The DH is seeking a two-year, $25 million. In nine seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz has...

12/06/2011 - 4:10pm
Red Sox re-sign Andrew Miller for $1.04M

DALLAS -- A year ago, Andrew Miller was at the winter meetings as a free agent, meeting with several clubs in search of the right fit for his next job. This year, that proved unnecessary.

The Red Sox have agreed with the left-hander on a one-year, major league deal, Miller (reached by phone) confirmed. 

"I'm excited and look forward to the new season," said Miller, who went 6-3 with a 5.54 ERA in 17 games (12 starts) for the Red Sox last year after going 3-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 13 outings in Triple-A Pawtucket.

The deal will pay Miller $1.04 million, with potential bonuses of $50,000 each for 20 starts and 25 starts. That represents a pay cut from the prorated $1.6 million base salary of the minor league deal he signed with the team last year. Miller, who was arbitration-eligible, and the Sox defined his minor league deal as the start of a partnership meant to give the 6-foot-7 left-hander the greatest chance of harnessing...

12/06/2011 - 1:52pm
Theo: Sveum 'not easy on players'

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was a guest on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" Monday night. Epstein was asked about the decision to hire Dale Sveum as manager. Sveum interviewed twice for the Red Sox managerial position and was believed to be general manager Ben Cherington's first choice to replace Terry Francona.

"Dale's a great baseball guy," Epstein said. "I think the thing that stands out to me about Dale is that he's not easy on players, he's not an enabler, he's not someone who is afraid to talk to players. He's going to tell it like it is to players, ask a lot of out them, bring them out there for early work, challenge them."

Epstein worked with Francona the previous eight years, and the former Sox skipper was considered a candidate for the Cubs job. Francona, however, removed himself from consideration after failing to land the managerial position in St. Louis.

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