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03/27/2011 - 4:09pm
Lester satisfied with final Opening Day tuneup

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester had his final spring training tuneup for his Opening Day assignment against the Rangers on Friday. In a camp game at the minor league complex, Lester -- facing a lineup primarily of Red Sox Double-A and Triple-A prospects -- allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits (including a two-run homer by Luis Exposito) over five innings. He struck out five and walked none.

While the line was less than perfect, Lester said that he was pleased with the effort. He had a chance to work with all of his pitches, and while there were some well-struck balls, a number of hits were of either the broken bat or grounders-finding-holes variety.

"There’s always things to work on. I was able to do that today. On a lot of pitches I threw, I felt like I threw pretty good and didn’t get the results I wanted. A lot of broken bat hits off the end. Made one mistake to a guy (Exposito) that’s...

03/27/2011 - 11:30am
Jon Morris named to Pats Hall of Fame

Jon Morris, a six-time AFL All-Star with the Boston Patriots and the first player to earn a Pro Bowl nod for the New England Patriots following the merger of the AFL and NFL, was named to the Patriots' Hall of Fame on Sunday. 

It was the fourth time on the Hall of Fame ballot for the center, who played for the Patriots from 1964-74. His combined seven All-Star selections rank second in franchise history, trailing only John Hannah (nine). Morris was voted in by the senior committee, which meets every five years to consider candidates who have been retired for at least 25 years.

Morris will be enshrined -- at a date to be determined, thanks to the current lockout -- with one of the three finalists selected by the Hall of Fame Nomination Committee. The three finalists will be announced on April 15, with fan balloting ending on May 15. 

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03/27/2011 - 11:22am
Francona: Showalter's comments 'out of line'

SARASOTA, Fla. -- After initially tempering his comments regarding Orioles manager Buck Showalter's quote in Men's Journal magazine insinuating that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein's success was a product of his team's payroll, Sox manager Terry Francona offered some pointed comments about the situation

"I got asked that the other day in Jupiter and I hadn't seen it, I got it like third-hand, so I kind of joked about it a little bit. Then I read it. Actually, I was kind of aggravated a little bit," Francona said prior to the the Red Sox' spring training game against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. "I don't think that's anybody's place. I mean, that's my boss. I was actually kind of aggravated a little bit. It's not the end of the world. I just thought it shouldn't have been done.

"I can't say I sat here and thought about it a lot, but I can't see a reason to do that. I don't remember him beating us that much. Maybe he was...

03/27/2011 - 7:24am
Sox relievers receive trade interest

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox are receiving some trade interest in some of the team's pitching depth. With days to go in spring training, the team is in a position where it has accumulated more major league-ready arms than it will need at the start of the year.

The team is currently deciding which two of four relievers (left-handers Hideki Okajima and Dennys Reyes and right-handers Alfredo Aceves and Matt Albers) will make the Opening Day roster. Okajima and Aceves both have minor league options and so could be sent to Pawtucket without risk of losing either; Albers and Reyes would have to be subjected to waivers if the Sox wanted to assign either to the minors.

While the Sox will almost surely listen to trade offers for any of those relievers or others who have already been sent to the minors, according to the source, they are also mindful of trying to maximize organizational relief depth, so...

03/27/2011 - 12:31am
Report: Memory problems plague Savard
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A source has told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that Bruins center Marc Savard is dealing with "real memory problems and he's quite worried about it."

Savard, who was placed on long-term injured reserve in February with his second concussion in less than a year, was last injured on Jan. 22 when he sustained a concussion after being checked into the boards by Matt Hunwick. The injury came after he missed the first 23 games of the 2010-11 season due to post-concussion symptoms stemming from a concussion suffered on March 7, 2010 thanks to a hit from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke.

Savard said in February that he didn't know what his future held.

"I'm not going to make any decision about my future until I get some more medical stuff done," he said. "I've just got to be patient going forward."

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