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04/01/2011 - 1:11pm
Theo on M&M: 100 wins for Sox 'ridiculous'

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday, a few hours before the Red Sox' season-opener against the Rangers in Texas.

There's been some discussion about the Red Sox winning 100 games this season, but Epstein is hesitant to use that as a goal. "The players actually aren't talking about it," Epstein said. "Josh [Beckett] said one thing and then quickly took it back. I think to talk 100 wins is not what anyone should be talking about. Yes, we believe in ourselves. Yes, we think we have a talented team. I don't think people recognize how difficult a standard that is, especially in this division.

Added Epstein: "I appreciate the fact that people are excited about this team and feel good about this team. I feel good about this team. But the 100-win standard, that's pretty ridiculous. … This game can humble you in a hurry. We're going to try to walk softly and carry a big stick and...

04/01/2011 - 12:20pm
Former Sox GM Gorman dead at 82

Former Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman died early Friday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 82, the Red Sox confirmed. Gorman had been ill for almost a year before passing away at Massachusetts General Hospital with his family by his side.

"All he wanted to do was make it to Opening Day," nephew Tom Dougherty told the media.

Gorman, a Rhode Island native, served as Red Sox GM from 1984-93 and remained in the team's front office after he was replaced by Dan Duquette. Gorman was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.

“Lou Gorman was a giant in our industry,” Sox GM Theo Epstein said in a statement. “During half a century in the game, Lou impacted and helped so many people in countless ways. We’ll dearly miss this good, humble man who leaves an unmistakable legacy on the Red Sox...

04/01/2011 - 9:50am
Reynolds: If Sox don't win, 'shame on them'

MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday to talk about the Red Sox' prospects for the 2011 season.

Reynolds joined the legion of prognosticators predicting the Red Sox will win the American League East. He noted that the Sox have a deep bench and should be able to overcome injuries, plus there are some talented minor leaguers in the system who could lure another quality player to Boston in a trade. "The Red Sox are so deep. If they don't win, shame on them," Reynolds said. "They've got it perfectly set up, and they should win it. … They've got the whole gamut covered right now pretty good."

However, Reynolds said the AL East is too strong for the Red Sox to expect 100 wins. "I just don't think 100 wins is that easy to do," he said. "I think it's going to be a little more difficult than more people think."

Reynolds cautioned people who are predicting the...

04/01/2011 - 7:48am
Mashup: Radio host sues rival over insults

A female Baltimore sports talk radio personality filed an $800,000 defamation lawsuit against a rival radio host for comments that she was unqualified for her job and had "personal, sexual and/or inappropriate relationships" with pro athletes. Jennifer Royle, who left New York's YES network in 2010 to work for Baltimore cable network MASN and radio station 105.7 "The Fan," is suing Nestor Aparicio, two of his co-workers and the station Aparicio owns, WNST. Royle said she needed to seek mental health treatment to treat "severe emotional distress" after the comments, including one that "she looks like a stripper."

Read more about that story, plus check out video of the Lakers-Mavericks brouhaha that led to five ejections, as well as the 5-foot-10 Division 3 guard who won Thursday's college slam dunk competition, at...

03/31/2011 - 10:42pm
Rondo kickstarts Celtics against Spurs

Two games after returning from a pinky injury, Rajon Rondo dished out 14 assists against no turnovers and scored 22 points on 11-of-20 shooting to lead the Celtics to a 107-97 victory against the NBA-leading Spurs in San Antonio on Thursday night.

 

Also reaching double figures for the Celtics (52-22) were Paul Pierce (21), Kevin Garnett (20), Glen Davis (16) and Ray Allen (13). Returning after missing 56 games due to knee injuries, Jermaine O'Neal scored five points in 11 minutes as the C's handed the Spurs their fifth straight loss.

 

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