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07/07/2010 - 7:06am
Poll: Where will LeBron land?

LeBron James will announce his plans for the future during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night at 9. Which team do you think the superstar will play for next season? Cast your vote in our poll at the Green Street blog.


07/07/2010 - 3:02am
Ortiz: Rash of injuries 'like a curse'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking after the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Rays, David Ortiz admitted that the recent spate of injuries besetting the Sox' roster is feeling "like a curse" and that he hasn't seen anything like what the team is currently dealing with.

 

"I've been playing this game for so long and I've never seen anything like this, ever," said Ortiz after being intentionally walked three times when cleanup hitter Kevin Youkilis had to be replaced by Niuman Romero following an injury to the starting first baseman's right ankle. "We go through injuries every year and things like that, but what I'm seeing now is like a curse. I'm just talking trash, but man! It doesn't even sound right. You have nine guys on the DL, guys that are everyday players. When was the last time you saw something like that? Never. But like I say, I always see the positive way. Things happen for a reason because it could be worse."...

07/07/2010 - 12:32am
Maddon: We were not pitching to Ortiz

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Joe Maddon allowed David Ortiz to do something he had only accomplished one other time in the designated hitter’s career – be intentionally walked three times.

After Kevin Youkilis’ injury (click here for more on what was identified as spasm in a capsule in his right ankle), Ortiz was walked three intentionally three straight times, including one with a runner on first and Tampa Bay holding just a one-run lead.

“You do what you have to do to win games,” Ortiz said after the Red Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Rays Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

That’s exactly the way Maddon saw it.

“That was very unfortunate for them,” said the Tampa Bay manager of the injury to Youkilis, who was replaced by Niuman Romero. “I don’t know exactly what...

07/06/2010 - 11:53pm
Youkilis expects to be ready for Wednesday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis said after his team's 3-2 loss to the Rays Tuesday night that despite having to leave the game in the top of the fourth inning with what the team classified as a "right ankle pain" he expects to be ready to play in the series finale Wednesday night. Youkilis said that the injury -- diagnosed as a spasm in a capsule in his ankle -- first started hurting him while playing in the field in the bottom of the third inning. Upon going up to the plate the pain Youkilis buckled over in pain after not being able shake the feeling, which was described as like a "severe cramp."

 

"The whole time in the field I was just hoping it would loosen up and it never did," explained Youkilis. "It just locked up. It's a weird thing. Hopefully it doesn't happen again. I don't know. It's just very strange ... ...

07/06/2010 - 10:33pm
Red Sox suffer another debilitating loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox dropped a 3-2 decision to the Rays, while watching Kevin Youkilis become the latest starter to suffer an injury. The Sox' first baseman was forced to leave the game with what the team classified as a "right ankle pain" forcing the Sox to use Niuman Romero at first and in the lineup's No. 4 spot. The combination of Youkilis leaving, along with the rest of the absences in the Sox' batting order, resulted in little offense against Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (6 IP, R), or any of the four Tampa Bray relievers to make an appearance.

 

Youkilis said after the game that the diagnosis was just a spasm in a capsule in his right ankle and that he should be fine to play in the series finale Wednesday night.

 

"The whole time in the field I was just hoping it would loosen up and it never did," explained Youkilis. "It just locked up. It's a weird thing. Hopefully it doesn't...

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