FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard, in a conversation on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning, discussed his move from the bullpen to the rotation. Bard suggested that, while he is a different personality type from former Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon (he agreed with the assessment that he is "sane"), he embraced being a reliever. At the same time, he thinks that unlike Papelbon, his personality also lends itself to the five-day routine of starting.
"I love being in the bullpen. I think, in a different way from Pap, it fits my personality. I love the everyday aspect of it," said Bard. "I do think I can mold that into being a starting pitcher, too. I just haven’t done it in four years."
Bard said that he told Sox manager Bobby Valentine in their first conversation that he wanted to start or close. The prospect of starting appeals on many levels, acknowledging that the lifestyle of starters...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Standing in his locker in the Red Sox clubhouse Thursday morning, Bobby Jenks detailed his offseason back surgery that he said resulted in a life-threatening spinal condition. Jenks had surgery on Dec. 12 at Mass General in Boston after recovering from a pulmonary embolism in his lung.
"With the whole blood clot issue last year, I couldn't have the surgery until December," Jenks said. "All the way up until that point, I was basically doing nothing but cardio and trying to get myself as strong as possible going into the surgery. I had the surgery on the 12th of December. It didn't go that great. I had to have an emergency surgery on the 30th to correct what happened in the prior surgery. [Doctors] went in and had that fixed and [I have] been pretty much laid up the last two months.
"I don't know whose fault it was but there was an error done inside. When I went in [for consultation], we had talked about...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Valentine was asked about Carl Crawford, who struggled mightily in his first season with the Sox and has made news this week with his stated desire to hit higher in the batting order. Crawford spent much of 2011 batting sixth or seventh in the lineup for manager Terry Francona.
"Carl Crawford will not be a problem," Valentine said. "He's going to be a major contributor to the 2012 version of our team. Wherever he's hitting in our lineup, he'll be a major contributor to our team."
Valentine was asked where he would predict this Sox team would finish if he still worked as an analyst at ESPN. Expected by many if not most to win the AL East last season, the Sox are viewed by some experts as a likely third-place choice in the division in 2012.
"I would say that I would want to say what this team is...
New Angels slugger Albert Pujols is not pleased with the team's marketing campaign. The club unveiled 20 billboards around Southern California that picture Pujols with the words "El Hombre" -- Spanish for "The Man." Out of respect for Cardinals legend Stan "The Man" Musial, Pujols has said he does not want to use the nickname.
"I haven't talked to them, but I prefer not to use [El Hombre]," Pujols said Wednesday from spring training in Tempe, Ariz.
"I still have the same respect for him as I had, not just for what he's done in baseball but for what he did for his country," Pujols said of Musial, a World War II Navy veteran. "That's something you have to appreciate."
The Angels played down the billboards as just one part of their marketing campaign but gave no indication that they plan to alter them.
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Though they were outshot 32-19, the Bruins made the most of their opportunities against St. Louis, with Brad Marchand scoring twice to lead the Bruins past the Blues, 4-2.
With his two goals, Marchand matched his season total of 21 from a year ago and the 23-year-old set a new career high in points with 42, one more than he scored as a rookie last year. His gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead just 2:29 into the first period, then finished the scoring with another goal at 9:14 of the third period. In between his two goals, Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly also put the puck past Blues netminder Brian Elliott, who stopped just 15 of the 19 shots he faced.
Tim Thomas, meanwhile, turned aside 30 of 32 shots he faced. In the process, he helped the Bruins improve to 4-6-0 this month. The B's have scored exactly four goals in each of their wins this month.
The win broke a two-game losing streak for the Bruins. The B's will next play on Friday, when they face...
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John, Gerry and Bradfo discuss a rare political stance by Michael Jordan, and the ensuing criticism he received from ESPN talking head Kevin Blackistone. A Black Lives Matter discussion ensues.
Rob Bradford is thrust into 'Headlines' duty by John Dennis, and Bradfo does his best to spin a few entertaining news yarns.
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Glenn, Lou, and Christian try to decide if Chris Sale is "Winning-obsessed" or "Fatal Attraction level crazy." But you still want him, right?
Lou doesn't want to make a big deal, or give up big time prospects. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss whether or not the Red Sox need to make any deal before Monday's deadline.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
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