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05/25/2012 - 10:22am
Beckett: 'I get paid to get outs'

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett acknowledges his velocity has dipped a bit this year, but the 32-year-old said it isn't fair to treat him like he's 49-year-old junkballer Jamie Moyer.

“It seems like that’s what it is because every start I have got to answer questions about my velocity. I don’t know. I thought I get paid to get outs,” Beckett said. “I don’t feel like I’m out there throwing eighty-[expletive]-five mph. But it seems like that’s all I get credit for. I’m at 91-93 now instead of 94-96. It’s really, what, three miles an hour?”

Beckett's season has been tainted by two disastrous outings and an off-field golfing controversy. But his six other outings were all quality starts (six-plus innings, three or fewer earned runs), ranking him sixth in the American League in percentage of quality starts.

Beckett joked about recent criticism of his weight, noting that his body...

05/25/2012 - 8:04am
Mashup: UConn hockey backs gay athletes

The University of Connecticut hockey team is taking a public stand against homophobia. The Huskies released a video in which players proclaim they would support "any teammate, gay or straight, that can help us win games."

“We thought it was a great idea to show the community how we feel about homosexuality in sports, and let people know that anyone can play on our team,” UConn captain Sean Ambrosie told the Hartford Courant.

The video is part of the You Can Play program, created by Flyers scout Patrick Burke. The son of Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, Patrick is paying tribute to his late brother, Brendan Burke, who announced he was gay one year before he died in a car accident in 2010.

Burke said that about 100 athletes, including 50 from the NHL, have signed a pledge promising they would play with gay or transgender teammates. UConn is one of eight teams to join as a group.

"When a whole team...

05/24/2012 - 5:28pm
Schilling's company lays off entire staff
By: DJ Bean

According to multiple reports, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company has laid off all of its employees due to its recent financial struggles. Schilling's 38 Studios employed close to 400 people.

The company, which moved to Providence in 2010, had received a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island at the time of its move from Maynard. It was reportedly two weeks lated on a $1.1 million payment due to the state this month. 

The news of the layoffs at 38 Studios comes on the same day that Helena Foulkes, the vice chairwoman of Rhode Island’s economic development agency board, resigned. Foulkes joined executive director Keith Stokes as prominent members of the board to resign in wake of the issues regarding the board's decision to loan 38 Studios the money. 


05/24/2012 - 5:21pm
Ainge on Big Show: Bradley likely done
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss Saturday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the 76ers and the health of his team. 

On the subject of Avery Bradley, who is dealing with injuries to both of his shoulders, Ainge confirmed reports that Bradley is most likely done for the season. 

"We'll probably find out more here in the next few hours, but it's looking that way," Ainge said. "… Someone said it's a 90 percent chance that he's done for the season, and it's looking that way." 

Added Ainge: "Avery needs surgery, so he should have a summer full of rehab. He should be ready to go next year." 

Regarding the series with Philadelphia, Aigne said that the C's "didn't meet the challenge that we should have" in falling to the 76ers in Wednesday's Game 6, but also noted that the fourth win of a series is...

05/24/2012 - 4:34pm
Rehab: Matsuzaka Saturday, McDonald Friday
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox announced Thursday that pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka's next rehab start will take place on Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket, while outfielder Darnell McDonald will get into game action for the PawSox on Friday. 

Matsuzaka has yet to pitch in the majors this season, as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery from last June. In three rehab starts for the PawSox thus far, Matsuzaka has tossed 16 2/3 innings, allowing 16 hits, nine earned runs and four homers. He has walked four batters and compiled 12 strikeouts. 

McDonald has been out with a strained oblique since May 11. He began swinging the bat earlier this week. 

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