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02/25/2012 - 5:31pm
Crawford: Henry 'genuinely sorry'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Before heading out to the batting cage to take 30 swings, Carl Crawford sat down with John Henry to hear an apology from the Red Sox principal owner about remarks he made last October, indicating he never wanted to sign Crawford.  

"It went extemely well," Crawford said of their meeting that lasted over 10 minutes. "He was apologetic and I accepted his apology and we both agreed to just move and go from there."

A career .293 hitter, Crawford batted just .255 last season, including .155 in April, with 11 homers and 56 RBIs, after signing a seven-year, $142 million deal prior to the 2011 season. 

"When someone is genuinely sorry for something, you can tell," Crawford said. "I think he was genuinely sorry for it. I apologized for the season I had. Had I played better, he wouldn't had to say that so we just both exchanged words that were good. I thinke we were able to clear the air...

02/25/2012 - 4:58pm
Ortiz on beer ban: 'We're not here to drink'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox DH David Ortiz addressed his team during the annual meeting between owners, the coaching staff and players, suggesting that the owners had fulfilled their end of the competitive bargain by bankrolling a powerful team and that it was the responsibility of players to fulfill the team's potential.

"I’m one of the older guys here that has been here for the last couple of years. We had those meetings and we never step up and say things. We just do nothing but listen. But today I think was a good time for us as players to make sure our owners don’t feel guilty about the job that they do," said Ortiz. "I think they do a hell of a job last year putting a good team together. After that, it’s not on them. It’s on us. I know everybody wants to call them out – [principal owner John Henry], [CEO/president] Larry Lucchino, [chairman] Tom Werner. At the end of the day, there’s nothing...

02/25/2012 - 4:24pm
BC continues slide with loss to Wake Forest

C.J. Harris scored 23 points and Wake Forest routed Boston College, 85-56, Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Travis McKie added 21 points for the Demon Deacons (13-15, 4-10 ACC), who had not scored 60 points in their last four games but blew out BC by shooting 52 percent from the field and 47 percent from behind the arc.

Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (8-20, 3-11), who have not won in eight ACC road games this season. Lonnie Jackson added 12 points.

Wake led 38-29 at the half and built the lead up to as much as 32 points in the second half in completing a season sweep of the Eagles.

BC, which has lost four straight and 10-of-11, will look to bounce back in its final home game Wednesday vs. Georgia Tech in a matchup of the ACC's bottom two teams.

For more BC and college basketball news, visit The BC Blog.


02/25/2012 - 3:55pm
It's official: No beer in Red Sox clubhouse

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told players in the team's annual meeting prior to spring training that there will be no drinking in the clubhouse this season, joining the majority of major league teams that don't permit alcohol in their clubhouses. 

"The rules are not to embarrass themselves or the team, the community, their teammates," Valentine said. "I don't think that's a new rule. That's a longstanding rule of life. There's no beer in the clubhouse and no beer on the last leg of road trips."

Valentine who managed previously in major league stints with the Rangers and Mets, and in Japan, said this is not really a new policy for him. 

"It's just what I've always done, except when I was in Texas," Valentine said. "I'm comfortable with it that way."

Valentine was asked how the new policy was received. 

"Standing ovation or booing? I didn't get...

02/25/2012 - 1:12pm
Owners: Sox 'highly motivated' for playoffs

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox principal owner John Henry, team President Larry Lucchino and Chairman Tom Werner held their annual training camp meeting with the team Saturday morning, before the club took the field for its first full-squad workout of 2012.

"It was setting the tone for 2012," Lucchino said of the 45-minute gathering with coaches, players and general manager Ben Cherington. "It was a customary opening day meeting."

"We talked about how proud we are to be involved in this organization," Werner added. "They should feel proud. We have great fans. This is going to be a new chapter. We didn't spend too much time talking about 2011. It's a new chapter, we have a new ball park. Our fans are excited about this year. I certainly think our players are motivated to play postseason baseball.

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