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06/04/2010 - 6:30pm
Francona: O's not a 'real good fit' in '03

BALTIMORE -- In light of the firing of Orioles manager Dave Trembley, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked to reflect on his interview with the Orioles in October 2003, shortly before he interviewed with the Red Sox.

 

"I appreciated them talking to me," said Francona. "I didn’t know that it was a real good fit. Obviously, they didn’t think so either. That’s nothing against the Orioles organization."

 

Instead, Francona suggested, that sentiment was a reflection of his desire to manage a contender rather than a club that was in the process of rebuilding. Francona had spent four seasons as the manager of the Phillies from 1997-2000 before being fired, a job that took a toll on him. So, when he interviewed for managerial openings after the 2003 season (which he spent as the bench coach for the Oakland A's), he was looking for an opportunity to manage a club with playoff...

06/04/2010 - 6:03pm
Hermida leaves after collision with Beltre

Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida left Friday's game after the top of the fifth inning, shortly after a collision with teammate Adrian Beltre.

 

The collision occurred with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, when Nick Markakis lifted a pop up down the left field line in foul territory. Third baseman Beltre and left fielder Hermida both raced to the ball, converging upon it at nearly the same time. As Beltre made a stunning over-the-shoulder catch, his knee slammed into the sliding Hermida's left arm and shoulder in a startling echo of Beltre's collision with left fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on April 11, when Beltre's knee plowed into the chest of the left fielder.

 

Red Sox trainers were seen in the dugout taking a look at Hermida's left arm. He was diagnosed with a left forearm contusion, and is day to day.


06/04/2010 - 5:07pm
Pats sign seventh-round pick Welch

The Patriots announced Friday afternoon that seventh-round pick Thomas Welch has signed. The third draft pick to ink a deal with New England, the offensive lineman out of Vanderbilt joins third-round selection Taylor Price (who signed May 18) and sixth-round draft choice Ted Larsen (who signed May 25).

Taken in the seventh round with the 208th overall pick, the 6-foot-6, 307-pound Welch is one of the biggest players the Patriots have ever selected. Welch was a two-year starter for the Commodores and was originally a tight end, but made the switch to right tackle. He played 13 games at right tackle for Vandy in 2008 before moving over to the left side in 2009.

For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


06/04/2010 - 5:06pm
Garnett and Gasol: It's on?

LOS ANGELES -- Pau Gasol was asked a lot of questions about Kevin Garnett on the day after he scored 23 points and had 14 rebounds in the Lakers Game 1 victory in the NBA finals. Gasol talked about how he has grown over the years and how playing Garnett was a big challenge when he was in Memphis and Garnett was in Minnesota. Then he said this: "On Kevin's part, he's also lost some explosiveness. He's more of a jump shooter now." Gasol went on to say how Garnett is still a "terrific player." Only the first part of the quote was relayed to Garnett who responded, "I have no comment for his comments." Asked again, Garnett said, "I'm not getting caught up in what Pau's talking about. I'm not into bull [crap] that's going on." So, we have our first media-driven controversy of the finals. Read the full post, including...

06/04/2010 - 4:33pm
Ainge: 'I think Doc will come back'
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, appearing on The Big Show on Friday, said that the team expects to retain coach Doc Rivers following the season. When asked about the difficult situation of having to deal with rumors regarding assistant coach Tom Thibodeau and the potential departure of Rivers, Ainge said that he believes Rivers will return, but that Thibodeau will be a candidate to replace Rivers should he decide to leave. Since coming on board in 2004, Rivers has led the Celtics to two NBA finals appearances, including a 2008 title. For more on the Celtics, check out the Green Street blog. To listen to the interview click here.


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