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07/19/2010 - 2:18pm
Report: Baldelli to return to Rays

Former Red Sox outfielder Rocco Baldelli is set to end his time as a roving instructor for the Rays and sign a minor league deal with Tampa Bay, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Baldelli is expected to sign with the Rays on Monday and DH for High-A Charlotte.

 

Baldelli is recovering from a shoulder injury, and despite serving in a coaching role with the Rays, he remained interested in playing again. The 28-year-old Woonsockett, R.I., native was chosen sixth overall by Tampa Bay in the 2000 draft. In parts of six seasons (509 games) with the Rays and Red Sox, Baldelli hit .279 with 59 homers, 257 RBI and 59 stolen bases. His career has largely been slowed by a mitochondrial disorder.


07/19/2010 - 1:49pm
Celtics announce Robinson signing

The Celtics announced the signing of Nate Robinson on Monday. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 10.1 points, 2.9 assists and 39 percent shooting from 3-point range last season between the Knicks and Celtics.

 

"It's great to have Nate back, and we think that he can contribute more significantly this upcoming season after a full training camp with the team," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. "He helped us win some crucial playoff games this past postseason, and we believe that we will see great things from him this coming season."

 

For more Celtics news, check out the WEEI.com Celtics team page.


07/19/2010 - 1:39pm
Report: Kovalchuk re-signs with Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk, seen by many as the cream of the NHL free agency crop, has finally decided that he will re-sign with the Devils, according to the team’s official Twitter page. Kovalchuk had 27 points (10 G, 17 A) in 27 games for New Jersey last season after being traded to the squad in a deadline deal with Atlanta. Between the two clubs, he totaled 85 points. Kovalchuk has scored at least 41 goals in every season he’s played since he entered the league in 2005. Terms of the signing were not immediately disclosed. A press conference to announce the signing is scheduled for Tuesday.


07/19/2010 - 1:29pm
Reports: Ranaudo done on Cape

According to multiple reports, Red Sox draftee Anthony Ranaudo has left the Brewster Whitecaps after a dominant stint in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The news was first reported by thecollegebaseballblog.com, and confirmed by the Cape Cod Times.

 

Ranaudo, whose draft stock dipped this year due to injuries and struggles on the mound at Louisiana State University, turned in a dominant performance for Brewster this summer. Ranaudo was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 23 2/3 innings, striking out 22, walking seven and allowing just seven hits. That performance...

07/19/2010 - 12:45pm
Source: 'No progress' for Bruins, Wheeler
By: DJ Bean

According to a league source, the Bruins and Blake Wheeler’s camp have made “no progress” thus far on a new contract, though talks are expected to pick up soon. If Wheeler, who filed this month for arbitration, makes it to a hearing and the Bruins choose against paying him what he is awarded, the 23-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent and would be free to sign with any team.

 

The Bruins would officially be over the $59.4 million salary cap by signing Wheeler, who earned $2.8 million last season, but general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated last week that it is the team’s intention to come to deals with both Wheeler and rookie forward Tyler Seguin.

 

Defenseman David Tanabe is the only the case in which Chiarelli and a player saw the arbitration process through, with Tanabe being awarded $1.275 in 2006 and the Bruins letting him walk. Tanabe then signed with the Hurricanes and played...

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