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06/11/2010 - 6:36pm
Beckett plans to throw Saturday

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett said that he remains on track to begin throwing on Saturday, the first time that he will have done so since May 28. Beckett has been on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. In his attempt to throw a bullpen session on May 28, he felt discomfort in his right latissimus muscle that led the Sox to shut him down in his attempt to come back from the D.L. Beckett last pitched on May 18.


06/11/2010 - 5:23pm
Pats sign RB Clayton, release three

The Patriots announced Friday afternoon they have signed running back Thomas Clayton and released wide receiver Bryan Anderson, punter David King and quarterback Mike Teel. Clayton, a 5-foot-11, 222-pound running back from Kansas State, was originally drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. After spending all of 2007 on the San Francisco practice squad, he spent the first 14 weeks of 2008 as part of that unit until being signed to the active roster for the final two games of the season. He spent the 2009 season on injured reserve after getting injured during the preseason. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


06/11/2010 - 5:02pm
McHale on Big Show: 'Let them play'
By: DJ Bean

Former Celtic, NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Kevin McHale joined The Big Show on Friday. In addition to singing coach Doc Rivers' praises and discussing his own ambitions to coach again, McHale spoke out against the officiating the NBA finals thus far.

 

"I think there were calls both both ways," McHale said of the officiating in Game 4, a 96-89 Celtics win. "Just strange calls, like, 'Why are you calling that? Let it go. Why are you calling that three-second (violation)? Why are you blowing your whistle at this time?' There's a little tap and they blow the whistle. I'm just thinking, 'Let them play.' 

 

"There was more flow to the game [than in prior games], but still, if it's a foul, make it be a real foul. If it's 50-50, let it go. Who cares if it's a 50-50 call? Just let it go. Let them play. 

 

McHale added that the constant fouls have prevented the bigger...

06/11/2010 - 4:25pm
MRI on Pedroia comes back clean
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Friday that an MRI on second baseman Dustin Pedroia's right knee came back clean.

 

"The fact that he can go out there and know he's not going to hurt himself is good," Francona said of the situation.

 

On the subject of outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who was placed on the disabled list after suffering injuries in a collision last week with third baseman Adrian Beltre, Francona said that five ribs have non-displaced hairline fractures. Francona said the injury is "like a deep bone bruise and is "eerily similar to that of Jacoby Ellsbury, who has spent significant time on the mend from a collision of his own with Beltre. The best-case scenario for Hermida, Francona said, is that he resumes baseball activities within three or four days if he is symptom free. 

 

"He's safe to play right now," Francona said of Hermida, but added that Red Sox...

06/11/2010 - 3:51pm
Sox make four moves: Hermida to DL
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox made four roster moves prior to their series-opener with the Phillies on Friday, including activating closer Jonathan Papelbon from the family leave/bereavement list. The Sox also designated reliever Joe Nelson for assignment, recalled Scott Atchison, and placed outfielder Jeremy Hermida on the disabled list with a rib injury suffered from his collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre last Friday in Baltimore.

 

Nelson said he would likely retire if another team didn't claim him but also acknowledged that his statement could have just been a case of his emotions talking. The 35-year-old right hander has a career ERA of 4.38 in parts of six seasons since entering the league in 2001. 

 

"In all likelihood, if I clear waivers, I’ve probably thrown my last pitch. I don’t anticipate myself going back to Pawtucket, but that’s emotion talking right now and we’ll probably reanalyze it...

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