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02/20/2012 - 6:23pm
Wakefield on Big Show: 'Today's a tough day'
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, who retired on Friday, joined The Big Show on Monday to discuss his career and his future.

"It's hard to imagine that today's the first day for pitchers and catchers to be in camp," Wakefield said. "Today's a tough day for me, not being there and knowing that I'm not going to be there. It's just something I have to adapt to now."

If Wakefield were to have returned for an 18th season with the Red Sox, it likely would not have been one in which he was guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation. In making his decision, Wakefield admitted he entertained the idea of having a greatly diminished role.

"I actually was. I was definitely entertaining the idea," he said. "The Red Sox were very cordial in keeping me in the loop with everything that was going on. I just wanted to play another year, obviously, and it didn't matter if I was a No. 5 starter or a 6 or 7 starter. I...

02/20/2012 - 6:19pm
Rondo suspended two games by NBA

Rajon Rondo has been suspended for two games without pay by the NBA following his actions in the third quarter of the Celtics' game with the Pistons on Sunday night. Rondo threw the ball at referee Sean Wright after he didn't get a call on a drive to the basket. He was given two technical fouls and ejected.

Rondo's suspension will begin Monday night when the Celtics play the Mavericks and will also include Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City. He'll be eligible to return on Feb. 28 when the Celtics play at Cleveland following the All-Star break.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


02/20/2012 - 5:45pm
Bobby V on Jenks: 'A terrible offseason'

FORT MYERS -- The news was not encouraging Monday on Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks, who is with the team this spring after suffering a pulmonary embolism last year and back surgery in the offseason.

"Bobby said he'd like to take it one week at a time and I'd say that means he's a long ways away from thinking about baseball activities," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's really had a terrible offseason, health-wise. He's a real back-burner guy. I don't expect to see him in many baseball activities for a while -- if at all this spring."

Valentine is hopeful to have Jenks available to the team in midseason. 

"I would think that he would be that in-season trade that everyone would be looking for and we would have him here already," Valentine said. "That's what I'm hoping for at this time. I would think sometime into the season. That's my opinion, not written in any holy grail."

Jenks is...

02/20/2012 - 3:16pm
Manny's back: Ramirez to join A's
By: DJ Bean

Slugger Manny Ramirez told ESPN's Pedro Gomez that he has signed with the Athletics. According to ESPN, the contract is worth "about $500,000."

Ramirez, 39, will miss the first 50 games of the regular season, as he retired last season rather than serving a suspension for violating the league's drug policy as a member of the Rays. The incident was the second such infraction for Ramirez.

In his career, Ramirez has hit .312/.411/.585 with 555 homers and 1,831 runs batted in. He has played for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays over the course of his career, winning the World Series with Boston in 2004 and 2007. 

For complete Red Sox coverage from spring training, visit weei.com/redsox

 


02/20/2012 - 2:37pm
Youkilis: Not thinking about contract year

FORT MYERS -- Kevin Youkilis is in the last guaranteed year of a four-year, $41.125 million deal he signed with the Red Sox before the 2009 season. The team holds a $13 million option for his services for the 2013 campaign.

That deal would represent a reasonable salary if Youkilis, 32, is once again healthy and returns to his place as one of the most productive hitters in the American League for last year. However, the option might give the Sox pause if Youkilis is once again unable to stay on the field (after suffering season-ending injuries that had him averaging 111 games in 2010-11) or suffers a performance decline.

Yet Youkilis says that his contract status for next season will not be on his mind as he gets ready for this year, his ninth as a member of the Red Sox. He does want to remain in the only organization for whom he's ever played for as long as he can, but Youkilis said that he will not dwell on his contract or earnings potential....

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