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02/28/2013 - 11:05am
Middlebrooks cleared for all baseball activity

FORT MYERS, Fla. — How long will Will Middlebrooks be out due to the right wrist injury he suffered on Wednesday night when checking his swing awkwardly against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman?

“A year or two?” he mused on Thursday morning, before cracking a grin.

He could afford to joke. After an examination by both Red Sox team trainers and a hand specialist, the third baseman was cleared to resume full baseball activity. Indeed, the key indicators of his health were so positive — Middlebrooks reported that he felt no pain, all strength tests indicated that there was no evidence of weakness and he showed no discomfort when the training staff manipulated his wrist —...

02/28/2013 - 9:01am
Mashup: Niners to make play for Jets' Revis?

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Penguins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NHL Network) NBA: 76ers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT) NBA: Timberwolves at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: Ohio State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: North Carolina at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Drexel at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (NBCSN) College basketball: Morehead State at Tennessee State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Duke at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Utah at California, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Missouri at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Gonzaga at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball:...

02/27/2013 - 11:31pm
Gomes homers, Middlebrooks OK in loss to O's

SARASOTA, Fla. — In a spring training game that saw Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffer a scare with his right wrist, Jonny Gomes blasted a long home run to left field while several Red Sox relievers looked strong early on as the Orioles beat the Red Sox, 5-3, Wednesday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

Reliever Franklin Morales started the game and retired the side in order on 12 pitches, eight strikes. The lefty was making his first appearance of the spring.

But the bigger story came in top of the first when the Red Sox (2-4) appeared to dodge a major bullet. With an 0-1 count, Middlebrooks took an inside fastball from Orioles starter Chris Tillman. Middlebrooks attempted to check his swing and avoid being hit. He was successful in avoiding the pitch but he...

02/27/2013 - 11:10pm
BC overpowered by NC State

Rodney Purvis scored 21 points to lead NC State to an 82-64 rout of Boston College on Wednesday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Lonnie Jackson scored 16 points for BC (12-16, 4-11 ACC), while Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson each netted 12.

Sharpshooting Scott Wood scored 17 points for NC State (20-8, 9-6), which shot 55.9 percent compared to BC’s 38.9 percent. The Wolfpack also had a 39-25 rebounding advantage, led by 10 boards from Richard Howell.

BC overcame an early 16-point deficit to close to within three points late in the first half, before Wood hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer for a six-point NC State lead. In the second half, the Wolfpack again built up a big lead, and this time BC had no response.

BC next hosts Virginia on Sunday afternoon.


02/27/2013 - 11:10pm
Middlebrooks: Wrist injury 'just a scare'

SARASOTA, Fla. — Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks believes he dodged a bullet.

The 24-year-old left Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles after an awkward check swing on an up-and-in fastball from right-hander Chris Tillman sent pain shooting into his the outside of his right wrist, at the base of the hand above the pinkie. His hand slipped off the bat as a result. He feared a recurrence of injury to the same region that wiped out the final nine weeks of his 2012 rookie season due to a fracture suffered on a hit by pitch.

However, when Middlebrooks returned to the Red Sox clubhouse, the news — at least at first glance, pending further evaluation on Thursday in Fort...

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