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03/30/2013 - 11:54pm
Sox release Sweeney; Maier to minors

The Red Sox announced on Saturday night that they’ve released outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league deal on Friday. Sweeney, who signed with the Sox after Ryan Kalish underwent surgery late in the offseason, hit .217 with a .308 OBP and .239 slugging mark in 21 Grapefruit League games this spring. However, with the emergence of Jackie Bradley Jr. this spring, Sweeney found himself without a big league roster spot for the regular season. Rather than accept a minor league assignment to Pawtucket, the 28-year-old exercised the opt out clause in his contract, and the Sox elected not to create a roster spot for him, instead giving the outfielder his release.

The team will maintain some semblance of big league-ready outfield depth with the decision by Mitch Maier to accept a minor league assignment. Like Sweeney, Maier signed a minor...

03/30/2013 - 6:51pm
Daugavins won't join Bruins before Tuesday
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins claimed former Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins on waivers Wednesday, but the 24-year-old has been unable to join the team because he has not been able to get his work visa. The wait will last until Tuesday at the earliest, his agent told WEEI.com Saturday.

The US Embassy is closed on Good Friday and the Monday following Easter, so the Bruins are working to get everything squared away for Tuesday, according to agent Jay Grossman. The Bruins will play Daugavins’ former club Tuesday night when they host the Senators at TD Garden.

In 19 games for Ottawa this season, Daugavins has one goal and two assists for three points and a minus-6 rating. He is known for his unorthodox shootout attempt against Tuukka Rask this season, though he is 1-for-4 in his NHL career in shootouts.

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03/30/2013 - 3:35pm
Sleepy Bruins fall to Flyers in Philly
By: DJ Bean

After having the last two nights off, the Bruins still looked sleepy Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Flyers, 3-1, in Philadelphia.

The Islanders took the lead on a Mike Knuble power-play goal at 15:19 of the first period. Matt Read made it 2-0 in the second period on what was a rough shift for the B’s, and Boston failed to get on the board until Nathan Horton scored on a rebound five minutes into the third period. Ruslan Fedotenko put the game out of reach with an empty netter with 58.4 seconds remaining.

The loss made was Boston’s fourth regulation loss in their last seven games (2-4-1), and it came at the hands of a Flyers team that entered the game 14th in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins (21-8-4) continue to trail the Canadiens in the standings, as Montreal has 47 points to Boston’s 46. The Senators, who will have played three more games than the B’s, can tie Boston in points with a win over...

03/30/2013 - 12:59pm
Mortensen finally gets word he made Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clayton Mortensen has made his first major league Opening Day roster. That has been accompanied with the kind of thrill the 27-year-old expected.

How the big moment transpired, that’s another story.

“It didn’t quite happen the way I imagined it would happen, but nonetheless the answer was yes. It makes me happy,” he said prior to the Red Sox final spring training game, Saturday afternoon at JetBlue Park.

“You hear guys where you get called in and they say, ‘You made the team,’ and a whole huge thing. I just wasn’t sure and I went in (Friday night) and asked Skip [John Farrell], ‘Can I get some confirmation?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah. I kind of thought with [Daniel} Bard being sent down you kind of figured it out.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I guess I just needed to hear yes or no.’...

03/30/2013 - 11:00am
Bradley headed to NY; Ortiz, Drew progressing

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jackie Bradley is getting on the plane to New York after the Red Sox’ final spring training game Saturday, and will spend Easter there, but after that, John Farrell isn’t letting on.

‪“He’ll be on it, yes,” said Farrell, who said Friday that it was “not absolute” Bradley would be in New York.

The Red Sox manager said the team had no new roster decisions to report, with the club intent on using all the time afforded before having to submit its 25-man roster to Major League Baseball by 3 p.m. Sunday. The Sox also want to utilize the 48 hours of control they have over Ryan Sweeney, a period which ends Sunday morning.

Sweeney opted out of his minor-league deal with the Red Sox Friday morning after the team informed him his contract would not be purchased...

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