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07/08/2010 - 5:50pm
Bowden: Bullpen a 'better opportunity'

Red Sox minor leaguer Michael Bowden appeared on the Big Show on Thursday afternoon to discuss his move from the rotation to the bullpen. Bowden, who threw a pair of scoreless innings of relief on Wednesday in his first relief appearance for Pawtucket, said that he views the move as one that could be good for his career, giving him an opportunity to contribute meaningfully at the big league level.

 

"I bounce back very quickly," Bowden said. "I actually think I may be more beneficial in the bullpen, being able to be used much more often. ...  I know this might be a much better opportunity for me."

 

Bowden made five relief appearances for the Sox last September. He allowed three runs in nine innings, striking out seven and walking two. Though he had been dominant of late in the Pawtucket rotation, producing a 1.77 ERA over his last seven starts, the 23-year-old welcomed the change, suggesting...

07/08/2010 - 5:08pm
Celtics lose to Pacers in summer league

ORLANDO -- The Celtics fell to 1-3 in the 2010 NBA Summer League on Thursday, coming up on the short end of an 86-85 final to the Pacers.

 

The Celtics lost despite having a 58-31 lead at halftime. They managed just 27 second-half points, however, and allowed 36 points in the final quarter. 

 

Jaycee Carroll led the Celtics with 19 points, and Luke Harangody added 16 points.

 

The Celtics play their final game of the summer league on Friday against the Nets.


07/08/2010 - 5:00pm
Ricciardi on Big Show: Sox 'doing it on guts'

ESPN baseball analyst (and former Blue Jays general manager) J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Thursday to discuss the state of the Red Sox and the status of the shape of the trade market at this point of July. Ricciardi suggested that the injury-afflicted Sox would do well to survive the upcoming series in Toronto against the Blue Jays and then to use the All-Star break to "regroup."

 

"I think right now they’re just doing it on guts. I think they see the All-Star break in front of them. I think they’re trying to just get to that date now, get those three or four days and regroup a little bit," said Ricciardi. "Even if they’re four games out or five games out at the All-Star break, that’s not that a lot. I think they’ve done an outstanding job.

 

"You don’t want to play a whole season with this lineup. They know that more than anybody. They’...

07/08/2010 - 4:50pm
Ainge on O'Neal: 'We intend to sign him'

ORLANDO -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke to the media on Thursday at the 2010 NBA Summer League and addressed reports that the club had signed free agent Jermaine O'Neal to a two-year contract.

 

"We intend to sign him," Ainge said. "And I'll talk about it when we do."

 

Ainge said the contract was not official and could not talk about the deal with any specificity until it was done. He said that the Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and O'Neal deals could all be official by Friday. Ainge, though, seemed pleased with how the offseason was taking shape.

 

"I think the priorities to start the offseason were obviously Paul and Ray and then to strengthen our center position in lieu of Perk's injury," said Ainge. "Those were our priorities right there. So hopefully by tomorrow we'll have those three things taken care of and then we can continue to work...

07/08/2010 - 3:18pm
Bird on O'Neal: 'He can help a team win'

ORLANDO -- Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird told WEEI.com that forward/center Jermaine O'Neal, who has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Celtics, can be a valuable contributor in Boston. Bird was the head of Pacers basketball operations for five of the eight seasons when O'Neal was in Indiana.


"He's younger than you think," said Bird. "He can rebound, block shots and get down the floor. He can help a team win."

 

O'Neal has averaged 14.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in his 13-year NBA career.

 

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