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03/09/2013 - 11:01pm
Sox still await results of Ortiz MRIs

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell said that no results were yet available from the MRIs that were performed in Fort Myers on both heels of slugger David Ortiz. While Farrell had said prior to Saturday night’s game that the results were expected by the conclusion of the game, that outlook changed by the end of the evening.

“We don’t have the official results yet of the MRIs today. We’re still trying to get the images to a radiologist back in Boston for a read. Nothing even preliminary right now,” said Farrell.

Earlier on Saturday, while the team awaited the results of Ortiz’s MRIs, Farrell suggested that a) this week would help to determine whether the slugger would be available for Opening Day and that b) the April 1 contest in New York does not represent the be-all, end-all for the slugger’s availability.

“We’ll see how this week...

03/09/2013 - 10:00pm
Harvard tops Cornell, clinches NCAA berth

Laurent Rivard scored 17 points as Harvard defeated Cornell, 65-56, in its regular-season finale Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. With Princeton losing at Brown, the Crimson clinched the outright Ivy League title and a return date in the NCAA tournament.

Siyani Chambers had 16 points and five assists for Harvard (19-9, 5-9), and teammate Wesley Saunders scored 14 points.

Rivard tied the school’s single-season record for 3-pointers when he hit his 74th in the second half, giving Harvard a 52-38 cushion with about nine minutes remaining. Cornell made a late run and got within five, but Rivard and Chambers combined to go 6-of-8 from the line in the final 46 seconds.

Rivard finished at 4-of-8 from behind the arc, while the Crimson as a team shot an impressive 9-of-15 on treys.

Miles Asafo-Adjei scored 15 points for Cornell (13-18, 5-9).

03/09/2013 - 7:20pm
Aceves punched in Mexico-Canada WBC brawl

Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves was punched in the right side of the head by Phillies outfield prospect Tyson Gillies during a wild brawl between Team Canada and Team Mexico in the ninth inning of a World Baseball Classic preliminary round game. Aceves had run from the dugout into a fast-growing skirmish, but as he approached the accumulation of players, Gillies appeared to blind side Aceves in the side of the head. Aceves got up and sprinted after Gillies, only to be tackled by a sizable contingent of players from Team Canada. When he emerged from the pile-up, there was discoloration — perhaps blood — on the right side of his head.

Aceves had not pitched in the game at the time of the brawl. The score of the game was 9-3 at the time of the rumble, which started when Team Mexico pitcher Arnold Leon drilled Twins outfielder Rene Tosoni with a pitch.

03/09/2013 - 6:07pm
Drew's concussion symptoms improving

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who suffered a concussion when a two-seam fastball hit him on the ‘B’ of his batting helmet in an exhibition game against the Twins on Thursday, showed improvement as compared to Friday but remained out of the lineup while showing some lingering symptoms of his injury.

“He’s out again today. He’s improved over yesterday,” said manager John Farrell. “He went through some bike tests today, where you get him just to exert the heart rate and see if it creates any more of the concussion symptoms. While there were some [symptoms] at the very end, the last sprint that he did on the bike, he is definitely improved over a day ago. What...

03/09/2013 - 5:32pm
Source: Bradley to start '13 in minors

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox sent designated hitter David Ortiz for MRIs on both heels based on the ongoing discomfort he’s feeling in both areas. Manager John Farrell suggested that, despite the fact that he continues to experience pain in those regions — resulting in what he characterized as precautionary MRIs — the 37-year-old continues to make progress in his return from the injured right Achilles that ended his 2012 season.

“Just to rule everything out, he’s undergone that imaging here today. I think the one thing that we still hold in all this is that while the timing might not be what was maybe initially expected, the bigger picture is he’s still making progress,” said...

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