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09/28/2010 - 8:50am
Shaq on D&C: 'I would have played for free'

In an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has made no less than $10 million in each of his last 14 NBA seasons, and at least $20 million in his last nine campaigns, said that he had no problem taking a pay cut in excess of 90 percent in order to come to the Celtics. O'Neal signed a two-year deal for approximately $3 million this summer, and he suggested that money was virtually irrelevant in making his decision to join Boston.

  

"I had other options where the money would have been greater. But this franchise, this team, has a tradition of winning," O'Neal said. "I’ve been one of the luckiest guys in the history of the game. I’ve had four max deals and one lifetime of play. So money wasn’t an issue. Money will never be an issue. But Danny Ainge had $1 million left, which was the minimum. If I had to, to come here and play, I would have played for free....

09/28/2010 - 7:50am
Mashup: Longoria rips Rays fans

And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team's lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays' loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: "It's kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place? It's actually embarrassing for us." Read more about that story and others, along with video, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


09/28/2010 - 7:47am
Beltre: Winning, family priorities in decision

CHICAGO -- Speaking after his team's 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre said that signing with a team that has a chance to contend will be a priority when it comes to signing with a team this offseason. But the 31-year-old also explained that his family's happiness will also play a major role in his decision, especially after spending a good amount of the 2010 season away from his pregnant wife and children.

 

"I'll see what's best for me and my family," said Beltre, who lives in the Los Angeles area during the offseason. "This year I was selfish enough, coming to the East Coast, knowing my wife was pregnant and she would be away from me basically for the whole year. This year is going to be more a family thing. It's been tough. I haven't seen family like I wanted to. We're going to settle down, discuss it, and see what's best for us."

 

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09/28/2010 - 12:01am
Papi: 100 RBI shouldn't change perception

CHICAGO -- Moments after the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, David Ortiz explained that reaching 100 RBI -- which he accomplished with two RBI in the victory -- shouldn't be viewed as any different as when he reached 99 in 2009.

 

"As much as it was last year (when) I got 99," the Sox' DH said when asked how much reaching the milestone meant to him. He then pointed out how much perception changes with just that one extra RBI. "One RBI makes a huge difference because everybody was like focused on the first two months that I had last year. But right now, 100, for me, it's no different. It's just one number that's different."

 

Ortiz hadn't reached 100 RBI since 2007, and has now accomplished the feat six times in his career. He got to 100 this time by driving in Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre with a first-inning double.

 

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09/27/2010 - 10:51pm
Red Sox stay alive; Buchholz wins 17th

CHICAGO -- With the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the White Sox -- and the Yankees' loss to the Blue Jays -- Boston avoided being eliminated from the Wild Card race, although they still have to win their remaining six games while New York must lose all its final five contests for the teams to finish tied.

 

Leading the Red Sox to their win Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field was starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who surrendered just one run on five hits over eight innings. The righty lowered his ERA to 2.33 (coming into the game at 2.39), which trails only Seattle's Felix Hernandez (2.31), who pitches Tuesday night. Reliever Scott Atchison finished off the game for the Red Sox, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

 

The Sox' offense was led by Adrian Beltre, who finished with four hits, and Marco Scutaro (3 hits). Also spurring on the Sox' offense were Victor Martinez and David Ortiz, who each had a pair of hits and RBI. For Ortiz, the...

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