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03/04/2012 - 1:33pm
Bobby V: Get ready for some lineup changes

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bobby Valentine said prior to the Red Sox' Grapefruit League opener, against the Twins at JetBlue Park, that he wouldn't hesitate hitting Dustin Pedroia first in the lineup, with Jacoby Ellsbury batting second, which is where the players were slotted for Sunday's game.

Valentine was initially surprised at the question regarding why the two players were flip-flopped from the lineup spots they had managed the past few years, but then explained, "It's just that its' a new year."

"Depending on who else is around there, yeah," said Valentine when asked about if he would hit Pedroia in the leadoff spot during the regular season. "Just about those two, that two situation is an interesting thing, just the right-left, as opposed to Pedroia and Ellsbury or Ellsbury and Pedroia. I would think if you polled 100 guys who talk about that and they wanted a guy to lead off an inning and have the second hitter batting,...

03/04/2012 - 12:41pm
Exam for Crawford Monday; Bailey better

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Carl Crawford, who has been sidelined by inflammation in his surgicially-repaired left wrist, will be examined Monday, according to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Valentine didn't believe part of the examination included an MRI.

"He's getting another check-up tomorrow just to make sure he's OK to continue swinging again," Valentine said.

When asked if there was a chance Crawford could resume swinging Tuesday if everything checked out, Valentine backed off laying out any sort of timetable.

"I hate to put dates on these things but if everything's OK on Monday, he should at least be throwing and starting that tee, swing work again," Valentine said. "It was aggressive at the beginning. I think we all knew it was aggressive and I was amazed it had progressed so far. He's OK."

Crawford has been on anti-inflammatory medication since Wednesday, with the Red Sox' medical staff reporting...

03/03/2012 - 10:15pm
Harvard holds on, clinches share of Ivy title

Oliver McNally scored nine of his 17 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes to help Harvard held off Cornell, 67-63, Friday night in Ithaca, N.Y., and clinch a share of the Ivy League title.

Harvard (26-4, 12-2 Ivy) remains a half-game ahead of Penn (19-11, 11-2), which routed Yale, 68-47, Friday night in Philadelphia. If the Quakers win at Princeton on Tuesday, that would set up a one-game playoff to determine the league's NCAA tournament representative.

Brandyn Curry scored 12 points and Kyle Casey added 11 for Harvard, which was coming off an overtime victory over Columbia in New York City the night before. Keith Wright contributed eight points and 11 rebounds.

Chris Wroblewski scored a game-high 19 points for Cornell (12-16, 7-7).

Havard led by six at the half, and the lead was up to 12 points with 6:19 remaining after a McNally jumper. Wroblewski then led Cornell on an 11-1 run, assisting on two baskets, hitting two 3-pointers...

03/03/2012 - 10:00pm
Aviles, Lavarnway impress as Sox beat BC

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox made it clean sweep of college teams Saturday, following their 25-0 win over Northeastern with a 6-3 victory over Boston College, at JetBlue Park.

Standing out for the Sox were Mike Aviles (2 doubles, 2 RBI), Juan Carlos Linares (2 RBI), and Ryan Lavarnway, who notched a pair of hits and runs. David Ortiz, who fielded all of his chances at first base cleanly, narrowly missed a home run in the second inning when Boston College right fielder Marc Perdios made a nice catch at the wall.

"Made the two plays, took one unassisted, fed the pitcher on another one. I thought he looked fine," said Red Sox Bobby Valentine regarding Ortiz' fielding. "That's the way he's looked in his practice sessions."

Sox starter Felix Doubront turned in a solid outing, allowing just one hit while striking out a batter over two innings. Junichi Tazawa came in after Doubront, allowing two runs on four hits over two...

03/03/2012 - 9:04pm
Lester: 'We've got to earn the trust back'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester took a solid first step in his spring training progression Saturday, allowing just one hit over two innings in the Red Sox' 25-0 win over Northeastern at JetBlue Park.

After the outing, Lester admitted that the team is carrying added motivation as they march toward the season-opener in Detroit thanks to its historic collapse last September.

“I think a little bit, yeah," said Lester when asked about if the Sox feel they have something to prove coming off of 2011. "I think like Josh [Beckett] said we've got to earn the trust back from the fans and show them that we are here busting our butt everyday. That being said, right now, i think it’s about getting our work done. We’ll worry about the other stuff when April rolls around and it matters.”

Lester explained that this year's spring training does have a bit of a different feel to it, for a variety of reasons.

“A...

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