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04/27/2010 - 6:36pm
Ortiz wants to play 'two or three more years'

TORONTO -- Speaking before the Red Sox' game with the Blue Jays Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre David Ortiz said that he would like to play "two or three more years" beyond the 2010 season. "I'll be 37 or 38," he said. "Two or three more years and then I'll take it to the house." 

 

Ortiz referenced coming into the majors as a 21-year-old and how far away playing in his mid-30's seemed. "Time has gone fast, really fast," he said. "I never thought it would happen this fast. I talked to all those (Twins teammates) and they said, 'It goes fast, believe me.' And they were right."

 

The 34-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Red Sox, who have a $12.5 team option on the DH for the 2012 season.

 

Ortiz also mentioned how he has lost 20 pounds by improving his diet, which was a process he began following the 2009 season. "I don't...

04/27/2010 - 2:39pm
Pierce on Gm 5: 'There's a lot of urgency'

WALTHAM -- The Celtics are on the verge of advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the third straight season. But to ensure they don't allow the Miami Heat any glimmer of hope, they need to win tonight at TD Garden in Game 5. If the Celtics, who lead 3 games to 1, lose tonight, they will be forced to play Game 6 in Miami on Thursday night. 

 

“There’s a lot of urgency,” captain Paul Pierce said. “We don...

04/27/2010 - 2:13pm
Lineups: Ortiz back in, Martinez catching

TORONTO -- David Ortiz makes his return to the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre, hitting sixth against Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum. Victor Martinez will be behind the plate with Clay Buchholz getting the start for the Sox. The Red Sox lineups is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Drew RF, Ortiz DH, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, McDonald CF. 

 

Of the players in the Sox' lineup, Beltre and Martinez have had the most success against Marcum, with Beltre going 6-for-13 with two home runs and Martinez having gone 4-for-8. Mike Lowell, who did start at designated hitter in the teams' series opener, is 5-for-13 against the Jays starter, while Ortiz is just 2-for-14. Here is how the rest of the Red Sox' lineup has fared vs. Marcum: Scutaro 2-for-2, Pedroia 1-for-13, Martinez 4-for-8, Youkilis 4-for017, Drew 2-for-9, Ortiz 2-for-14, Beltre 6-for-13. Hermida and McDonald have never faced the righty.


04/27/2010 - 1:53pm
UNH's Sicko changes mind, joins Cowboys

University of New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko, who made national news over the weekend when he announced that he would focus on furthering his education rather than head to an NFL team's camp as an undrafted free agent, caved in to pressure from the Dallas Cowboys and signed a deal with the team, according to FoxSports.com. The report quotes an e-mail from Sicko's agent, J.R. Rickert: "After Scott initially decided not to play football and pursue his graduate studies, the Cowboys as well as other teams continued to pursue him," Rickert wrote. "We maintained active dialogue with the Cowboys and they also continued to speak to Scott. After considering all factors, Scott has decided to become a member of the Cowboys. We are very grateful that the Cowboys have given him this opportunity and he is 100 percent committed."


04/27/2010 - 11:40am
Westmoreland released from hospital

The Red Sox have announced that minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland was released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Westmoreland -- whose 20th birthday is Tuesday -- recently had surgery to remove a cavernous malformation from his brain stem. He will continue to undergo physical and occupational therapy as an outpatient at Spaulding. The Red Sox' release states that the outfielder "has been making steady progress and is in great spirits."


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