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02/10/2011 - 8:32pm
Delcarmen signs minor lg deal with Mariners

Former Red Sox pitcher Manny Delcarmen signed a minor league deal with the Mariners that included an invitation to spring training, the Mariners announced. Delcarmen, 29, is coming off a season in which he struggled with the Sox and then, following an Aug. 31 trade to the Rockies, in Colorado. He had a 4.99 ERA with a career-low 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a career-high 5.5 walks per nine innings in 57 appearances.

 

However, Delcarmen is just a couple of years removed from having been one of the more effective middle relievers in the American League. In 2007-08, he had a 2.81 ERA for the Sox with 8.6 punchouts per nine innings.

 

The Hyde Park native spent more than 10 years in the Red Sox system after being drafted by his hometown club in the second round of the 2000 draft. While he emerged as an important setup man for the Sox in recent years, his struggles in 2009 and 2010 led to the trade that shipped him to...

02/10/2011 - 7:00pm
Ainge: Coaches 'wish' players were like KG
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge sounded off on Kevin Garnett's critics Thursday on The Big Show. With recent focus being placed on whether Garnett is a dirty player, Ainge suggested that teams and players throughout the league — including the ones Garnett has robbed the right way — would be happy to have him. 

 

"Alvin Gentry wishes that Channing Frye played like Kevin Garnett, would give anything if Channing Frye played with the passion and the heart and the intensity and the work ethic of Kevin Garnett," Ainge said.

 

"I think that John Kuester wishes that Charlie Villanueva played with the passion and the intensity and had the work ethic and character of Kevin Garnett. That's all I'll say about that."

 

Ainge said his words aren't a shot at the players, but more a statement regarding what Garnett brings to a team. 

 

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02/10/2011 - 6:52pm
Ainge: Trades possible with Daniels down
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Thursday, discussing the team's potential activity in the the trade market, Ray Allen's forthcoming record, and Kendrick Perkins' future with the team. 

 

With Marquis Daniels having gone down with a bruised spinal cord in Sunday's game after a collision with Gilbert Arenas, Ainge admitted that the team is more likely to make calls than simply field them. 

 

"We're having conversations," Ainge said. "I think the Marquis incident makes us a little bit more proactive rather than just receiving calls and seeing what else might be a possibility to back up Paul [Pierce] or Ray [Allen] in the playoffs." 

 

Allen could break Reggie Miller's record of 2,560 career three-pointers with a pair of 3's Thursday against the Lakers. 

 

"I think this record of...

02/10/2011 - 4:34pm
C's owners on Big Show: Thrilled with Doc

Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca joined The Big Show and touched on a number of subjects, including Kevin Garnet, Ray Allen's longevity and whether they'd like to keep Kendrick Perkins. They were also asked about the future of coach Doc Rivers, who is in the final year of his contract.

 

"We're thrilled that Doc's the coach," Grousbeck said. "We'd like Doc to keep coaching. He seems very happy here and we go year-to-year. That's what Doc has asked for. There's a reason we won that championship, many [reasons], but one of the biggest reasons is that Doc is the coach." 

 

On Garnett, Pagliuca said, "He's an intense player and you can't change that. Every teammate he's had in Minnesota and here, every teammate he's had, they love him. He's somebody you love when he's on your team and he's a real problem if you're playing against him because he brings that intensity every night....

02/10/2011 - 3:42pm
Bard: Like to try starting in the future

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard, who was drafted by the Red Sox as a starting pitcher out of the University of North Carolina in 2006, told WEEI.com after his workout at the Red Sox minor-league training facility Thursday that he is open to perhaps returning back into the role of a starter at some point in his career.

 

"I kind of would like to try it. It's something I would like to do," said the Red Sox' reliever. "It would kind of challenge myself. You've never proven yourself, but I know I can do the reliever thing for myself, just as a personal challenge, (starting) would be cool. Sometime down the road if we're in need of a starter it might come into play, and I would definitely be open to it, but right now it's not even an issue."

 

Bard struggled in his lone season as a professional starting pitcher, giving up 59 earned runs in making 22 starts at two different levels of Single-A. In that year...

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