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04/11/2012 - 10:37am
Horton (concussion) to miss playoffs
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins announced Wednesday that right wing Nathan Horton will miss the 2012 postseason. The news comes as no major shock, as Horton has been out since late January with his latest concussion. 

Horton suffered a concussion on Jan. 22 against the Flyers, his second concussion in less than seven months. He had previously been knocked out of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals after a hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome left him concussed in Game 3. 

In 46 games this season, Horton had 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points. He had tried to resume skating in early February, but suffered a setback before eventually returning to the ice last week. Despite the fact that he was skating, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that Horton was a "long shot" to return during the postseason given the two weeks he would need to return after eventually being medically cleared. 

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04/11/2012 - 10:28am
Schilling on D&C: I'm not anti-Bobby V

ESPN analyst Curt Schilling checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, shortly after Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined D&C and reiterated that he didn't put much stock in Schilling's criticism of him during spring training.

Valentine said that he got along with Schilling when the two worked at ESPN last year and he respected the former Sox pitcher's knowledge of baseball, but he nonetheless dismissed Schilling's criticism as not being credible.

Responded Schilling: "My problem right now is that this has been framed as something it's not, which is pro-Terry Francona, anti-Bobby Valentine me. I can't imagine anything being further from the truth. I like Bobby. I got along with Bobby, we got along when we were at ESPN. I was asked to give my opinion on how I saw the situation based on my observations and...

04/11/2012 - 9:49am
Valentine on D&C: 'Haven't put it all together'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, following Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays that dropped the Sox to 1-4.

"We just haven't put it all together yet," Valentine said. "When we put it all together, I think we'll all be happy. That's what we're waiting for."

The interview turned contentious toward the end when Valentine was asked about criticism from Curt Schilling last month. The manager previously had dismissed the comments, telling reporters, "Consider the source." D&C pointed out that Valentine and Schilling were said to be friendly when they both worked for ESPN last year, and Schilling has a reputation as someone who understands the game.

"I think he knows a lot about baseball, and I did hang around with him a bit," Valentine said. "I don't think he knows anything about our team."

Valentine insisted, "It just wasn't...

04/11/2012 - 7:49am
Mashup: Sox tickets most expensive in MLB

Despite the Red Sox' decision to freeze ticket prices following last season's collapse, the team's ticket prices remain the highest in Major League Baseball for the second year in a row, according to information compiled by Team Marketing Report. Sox tickets average $53.38 per non-premium seat, and the cost to take a family of four to Fenway -- including two adults tickets, two children's tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking, two game programs and two baseball caps -- is a league-high $336.99.

Overall, MLB ticket prices increased only 1 percent from last season, the smallest increase in the survey's two-decade history. The average ticket price is $26.92.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup...

04/11/2012 - 7:31am
Bard: 'I wouldn't change the way I threw'

TORONTO -- Daniel Bard said following his first major league start that while he was disappointed with the final outcome, he believed the five-inning stint was a step in the right direction in his progression as a starter.

Facing the Blue Jays Tuesday at Rogers Centre, Bard ended up giving up five runs over the five innings, striking out six, walking one and throwing 96 pitches. He left in the sixth inning with his Red Sox trailing 3-1 and runners on first and third with nobody out.

"I feel I threw the ball better tonight than I did all spring, by far," Bard said. "My command was better.Everything. Just they hit it where we weren't. That's how the old saying goes – hit em where they ain't. That's what they did. So just kind of try to focus on how it felt and how the ball was coming out of my hand, which I felt was really good, and try to ignore the bad results."

Bard topped out at 98 mph and threw six changeups. He...

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