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02/25/2012 - 7:02pm
Aviles: Twitter trade rumor a hoax

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When reached by phone, Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles confirmed that the rumor spread on Twitter by an account named "@MikeAviles3," that he had been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, wasn't true and he has no affiliation with the account.

"That's not me," he said of the Twitter account. "No, I haven't been traded."

The rumor started at 5:30 p.m. when @MikeAviles3 tweeted: "Its been a great journey down here in #Beantown my agent just confirmed I'm heading to Tampa to play with the Rays. Miss you #Soxnation." The account -- which has since been taken down --  possessed more than 2,800 followers, including the confirmed accounts of Josh Reddick and Ryan Sweeney.

Aviles, however, quickly shot down the rumor when reached by WEEI.com. "I don't have a Twitter account," he said. "My agent is looking into starting one, but right now I don't have one."

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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...

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