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06/07/2010 - 8:53pm
Red Sox draft Vitek in first round

With their first-round draft pick, the Red Sox selected second baseman/outfielder Kolbrin Vitek out of Ball State University. The Sox used the No. 20 overall pick in the draft, which they acquired as compensation for the departure of free-agent reliever Billy Wagner to the Braves.

 

Vitek hit .361 with 17 homers and 16 steals en route to winning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors. He is considered an advanced college bat who will play third base as a professional. For more on Vitek, who was rumored to be a candidate to go in the top 10 picks of the draft, click here.

 

The Sox continued to draft what they described as college impact players with their next two picks in the supplemental first round, taking outfielder Bryce Brentz of Middle Tennessee State and right-hander Anthony...

06/07/2010 - 7:22pm
No surprise: Nats take Harper No. 1

With the first pick of the 2010 amateur draft, the Washington Nationals selected catcher Bryce Harper out of the College of Southern Nevada. The 6-foot-3 Harper was the consensus top choice in the draft. He is a prodigious power hitter who hit 29 homers in his one year at his junior college. Harper, who received a GED after his sophomore year of high school in order to enroll at Southern Nevada so that he would be draft eligible one year earlier than would have been the case had he completed four years of high school, also hit .442 with 18 steals.

 

Though Harper played catcher for Southern Nevada, he was announced as an outfielder when drafted.

 

For more Red Sox and MLB draft coverage, visit the Full Count blog.


06/07/2010 - 4:29pm
Bonser active, Pap on bereavement list

The Red Sox on Monday activated LHP Boof Bonser from Pawtucket and placed Jonathan Papelbon on the bereavement list. Bonser had a 6.34 ERA in nine rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket this year, but he allowed just one run in his final three appearances, a span of 14 innings. The team did not disclose a reason for Papelbon being placed on the bereavement list. A player put on the bereavement list must miss a minimum of three games.

 

For more Red Sox news check out the Full Count Blog.


06/07/2010 - 4:17pm
Fenway to host soccer match in July

This summer, there will a be a soccer match at Fenway Park for the first time since 1968. 

 

Perennial Scottish Premier League contender Celtic Football Club will take on the storied Portuguese futebol club Sporting Clube de Portugal at Fenway Park on July 21, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. 

 

“I'm excited to welcome Celtic F.C. and Sporting C.P. to Boston for their exhibition soccer match at Fenway Park,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Soccer is a global game and this match will provide another opportunity to showcase Boston as a truly global city attracting fans from around the world and highlighting the people, culture, and local businesses that make our city so special.  Both teams have many loyal supporters throughout our city and I look forward to this matchup with great anticipation.”

 

Tickets are priced from $20-$120 and will go on sale Tuesday, June 22. The game...

06/07/2010 - 4:11pm
Former Sox pitcher, scout Stephenson dies

According to The Associated Press, Jerry Stephenson, who pitched for the 1967 Red Sox, died of cancer at the age of 66 Sunday. Stephenson's best season in a seven-year big league career came in '67 when he went 3-1 with a save, making one relief appearance in the World Series that year. For his career, Stephenson went 8-19 with the Sox, Seattle Pilots and Los Angeles Dodgers. Stephenson scouted 25 years for the Dodgers before moving over to serve as a scout for the Red Sox for the past 14 years. He retired in October, remaining as a consultant for the Red Sox. Stephenson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Yvonne, son Brian and daughter Shannon Smaldino, as well as three grandchildren. For a look at Stephenson's career, click here. For another look at Stephenson's...

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