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05/24/2012 - 2:18pm
Bard: Cut on pitching hand not an issue

Speaking to WEEI.com at the Hard Rock Cafe during an event to celebrate the release of Fenway Park's 100th anniversary commemorative album, Daniel Bard said the cut on his pitching referenced by Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine after his team's 6-5 win in Baltimore Wednesday was a non-issue.

"It's not a big deal at all," said the Red Sox pitcher. "I've had it since high school."

The cut resides the area between Bard's right thumb and forefinger and is opened up by his nail, usually when executing various fastballs. Between starts he often uses Super Glue to toughen up the area.

"I've filed the nail down," Bard explained. "I've had it bleed where blood was dripping down, but it wasn't that bad [Wednesday]. We try and heal it between every start, but it tends to reopen. As long as I can limit it from ripping."

Valentine cited the the cut when conducting his postgame interview with NESN Wednesday...

05/24/2012 - 7:54am
Mashup: Steinbrenners to sell Yankees?

According to the New York Daily News, "rumors are flying in Major League Baseball and New York banking circles" that the Yankees could soon be put up for sale by the Steinbrenner family. The report indicates the family is considering its options following the April sale of the Dodgers for a record $2.175 billion.

Yankees president Randy Levine denied the report. "I can say to you there is absolutely, positively nothing to this," he said. "The Steinbrenners are not selling the team."

But the Daily News' sources paint a picture of a family that has not inherited George Steinbrenner's love of owning the team.

Said one source of general partner Hal Steinbrenner: "Hal hates the players, and he hates the media."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at...

05/24/2012 - 1:29am
Valentine: Red Sox are championship caliber

After watching his team finish off a 5-3 road trip -- while going 11-9 during a stretch of 20 straight games -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine offered the highest praise for his club while conducting his postgame interview on NESN.

"We play like this the rest of the season," Valentine said after the Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Orioles Wednesday, "we're going to win the championship."

With their latest win, the Red Sox improve to .500, having won 10 of their last 13 games. Over that stretch Valentine's team leads the majors in runs scored and OPS. Over the 13 games, the Sox pitching staff is third in the major leagues in ERA (3.00), with its starters claiming the big league's second-best ERA (3.14).

"I’m ecstatic," Valentine told reporters after the win over the O's. "The credit goes the...

05/24/2012 - 1:04am
Report: Bradley likely done for playoffs

PHILADELPHIA -- Avery Bradley missed his second-straight game because of injuries to both his shoulders and the Globe reported via a source close to the player that it was, "in the 'high 90's' percentile that Bradley will be shut down and may require surgery."

Before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, which the Celtics lost 82-75, coach Doc Rivers said, "We’re just going to keep saying day to day but we really don’t know. It’s a hard injury with both shoulders now being involved." 

A team source said no definitive action has been decided yet and there were "tough decisions" to be made.

Bradley has been a vital part of the Celtics' resurgence over the second half of the season thanks to his tenacious on-the-ball defense. His injured left shoulder had popped out repeatedly...

05/24/2012 - 12:39am
Rondo: 'We can't put it all on our defense'

PHILADELPHIA -- The Celtics made just 26-of-78 shots Wednesday and shot just 33 percent as they failed to close out the 76ers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Wells Fargo Center. In forcing a Game 7 Saturday in Boston, the Sixers didn't exactly light it up, as they had just 33 points at halftime and finished shooting 46 percent for the game in an 82-75 win. 

The Celtics defense has been solid in the series, allowing Philadelphia to score just 82, 92 and 82 points in their three wins. But Wednesday night, the Celtics were done in by poor shooting from the floor and 17 turnovers that led to 19 Philadelphia points. 

"We did OK," Rajon Rondo said of Boston's defense. "I think we could've done a lot better. Pick-and-roll defense and then it comes down to individual 1-on-1 defense. We did hold them to 82 but I think we could've held them to 70 or the high 60s."

Rondo and the Celtics were done in by...

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