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04/10/2011 - 3:49pm
Buchholz agrees to 4-year, $29.945M deal

According to multiple Major League Baseball sources, the Red Sox have agreed to a four-year, $29.945 million extension with pitcher Clay Buchholz that will take effect in 2012. The extension includes two club options, one for $13 million in 2016, another for $13.5 million in 2017. The 26-year-old wouldn't have been eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season; with the deal, he will remain with the Sox through at least 2015, with the options covering the 2016 and 2017 campaigns.

Last season Buchholz went 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA. The Sox starter has made two starts this season, the latest one coming Saturday afternoon with Buchholz surrendering five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Buchholz told WEEI.com in February that he was open to a deal along the lines of the five-year, $30 million pact...

04/10/2011 - 2:27pm
Kampfer leaves AHL game with injury
By: DJ Bean

Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer, sent to Providence for the final three games of the season, left Saturday night’s game against the Springfield Falcons and was reportedly spotted on crutches. The extent of the injury is unknown, though Providence coach Rob Murray did touch on it while speaking with P-Bruins radio announcer Adam Kaufman.

“Steve got tangled up in the neutral zone there earlier in the game with a Springfield player. It’s still being determined what the extent of his injury is, but he came back, he played one shift after that, and he didn’t feel he could go, so we shut him down for the game,”...

04/10/2011 - 1:26pm
Ranaudo tosses five shutout innings in debut

Red Sox pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo, who was drafted with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2010 draft and signed to a $2.55 million bonus (in line with a top 10 pick), tossed five shutout innings for the Greenville Drive in his first minor league game. Ranaudo allowed three hits (two singles and a double) while striking out four and walking one as the Single-A Drive beat Augusta, 7-0, in a South Atlantic League game.

Ranaudo's first pitch of his pro career registered at 95 mph on the stadium board, but the 6-foot-7 right-hander subsequently told reporters that his velocity was not his best. Even so, the 21-year-old told milb.com that he was happy with his performance after having to wait 10 months from last June's draft for his professional unveiling.

"I've been waiting a long time [to...

04/09/2011 - 9:51pm
Bruins to play Canadiens in first round
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins' push for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference may have been fun while it lasted, but it is over. The Flyers took care of business in a 6-4 win over the Islanders Saturday night, meaning they will have the second seed in the East after spending the last eight games in free-fall (2-4-2). The Bruins, winners of the Northeast Division, will be the No. 3 seed regardless of the outcome of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Devils. 

The B's will face the No. 6 seed, which was secured by the Canadiens Saturday night via a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs. It will be the third first-round meeting between the two teams in the last four years. The Canadiens defeated the Bruins in seven games in 2008, while the B's swept the Habs in 2009. The Canadiens also eliminated the B's in the first round in both 2002 and 2004. 

This season, the Bruins have gone 2-3-1 against the Canadiens. In the most recent meeting between the two teams...

04/09/2011 - 7:41pm
Report: Pedro wants to pitch for Sox

In an interview with the New York Times, three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez said that he remains open to returning to baseball in order to join a team with World Series ambitions. The right-hander, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1998-2004, said that he could be ready to face major league hitters in a month to a month and a half if a team called him, and if approached by the Phillies (with whom he pitched in the 2009 World Series), Yankees and Red Sox, he would want to return to the team with whom he enjoyed his greatest success.

"I’d probably have to say the Red Sox," Martinez said when asked for which of those three teams he would most like to pitch. "I would like to win a World Series in the National League, so the Phillies are in there, too. But for the time I’m going to be playing, I...

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