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11/15/2010 - 5:44pm
Red Sox claim Taylor Buchholz on waivers

The Red Sox claimed right-hander Taylor Buchholz on waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, providing them with a low-risk, high-reward right-handed pitcher who could compete for a bullpen job.

 

Buchholz, who turned 29 in October, emerged as a dominant setup man for the Colorado Rockies in 2008, forging a 2.17 ERA in 63 appearances. However, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in spring training the next year, and required Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2009 campaign. He spent last year with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate before returning to the majors last July. He made seven appearances for the Rockies before being placed on waivers, from which he was claimed by the Blue Jays. In all Buchholz made nine appearances in 2010, working his way to a 3.75 ERA while striking out nine and walking six in 12 innings.

 

Buchholz, who earned $1.055 million in each of the last two seasons, represents a relatively low-cost, low-...

11/15/2010 - 5:05pm
Suspension over, Delonte West eyes return

Now that his 10-game NBA suspension is behind him, Delonte West is looking forward to returning to the lineup when the Celtics play the Wizards Wednesday at TD Garden. “I know what I can do,” West said. “I’m very confident in what I’m able to do out on the basketball floor. They’re not asking me to do anything I can’t do. They’re not telling me to post-up and get 30 rebounds. It’s time to go play my game. That’s the best feeling ever.”

 

Doc Rivers said after practice Monday that West will play, but he didn't offer specifics about minutes. The Celtics have been talking since training camp about West and Nate Robinson playing together in the backcourt and trading off point guard duties with West getting the team into sets and Robinson running the pick and roll.

 

To read more about what West's return means for the Celtics,...

11/15/2010 - 3:42pm
Jermaine O'Neal out indefinitely

Jermaine O'Neal missed the last two games of the Celtics road trip with a knee injury and flew back to Boston early ater receiving a second opinion on his knee in Miami. O'Neal wasn't at practice Monday and his return is up in the air. The Celtics simply don't know yet how bad the injury is, or how much time it will take for him to return.

 

"Two, three weeks would be a guestimate," Doc Rivers said. "We don’t know exactly. We’re going through a couple of more evaluations." Rivers did say that he doesn't think surgery is an option, at least not at this point.

 

The Celtics might also be without Marquis Daniels when they play the Wizards on Wednesday. Rivers said that Daniels was away for family reasons and might not be back by Wednesday. There was some good news for the C's Monday, however, as rookie guard Avery Bradley participated in practice and Delonte West is now eligible having served...

11/15/2010 - 3:23pm
Sox interviewed Sandberg about PawSox

In a conference call to discuss his hiring as the manager of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he had interviewed with the Red Sox about managing their Triple-A affiliate.

 

The Sox have been looking to replace Torey Lovullo, who spent 2010 as their manager in Pawtucket before joining John Farrell's coaching staff in Toronto. The organization has been talking to both internal and external candidates about the position, and apparently Sandberg was one of the individuals who was interviewed. However, the former Cubs great -- who had spent the last four seasons as a minor league manager in the Cubs system -- ended up returning to a Phillies organization that selected him in the 20th round of the 1978 draft.

 

Sandberg was passed over for the job of Cubs major league manager recently, with Chicago electing to hire Mike Quade. Sandberg turned down offers to join the...

11/15/2010 - 3:17pm
Belichick on dirty plays: 'That stuff happens'

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't prepared to pour extra gas on the fire Monday afternoon when asked if the officials had control of the game when the Steelers took extra liberties with rough tackles after the whistle. 

 

"Look, you've got two physical teams playing in a big game," Belichick said. "Emotions run high. I don't think that's uncommon."

 

Offensive lineman Logan Mankins took issue with the way Tom Brady was rolled into after his successful quarterback run for a third-quarter touchdown. Several Patriots felt the Steelers were taking liberties with Brady while he was prone and on the ground, trying to grab the back of his helmet and twist him awkwardly.  

 

"I thought the game was, as far as that part of it goes, pretty well officiated," Belichick added. "There wasn't a lot of [dirty hits]. But that stuff happens in a lot of games, two...

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