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02/19/2012 - 11:38am
Bobby V on Beckett, Lester: Fantastic attitude

FORT MYERS -- On the first day of pitchers and catchers working out, new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he's been very impressed with the work ethic of Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, two central figures in last year's clubhouse controversy. Valentine said both pitchers have shown him early on that they can be leaders, capable of putting 2011 behind them.

"I tell you what, if they lead by example as much as they've by example in the last few days, that's enough," Valentine said. "What I've seen right now is plenty. If they don't pull back on the throttle any in what they're doing, I wouldn't ask for anything more.

"I'm still looking forward to seeing it. Up close and personal, it's been a great start. Just my observation, I don't want to say they've met expectation, but my observation has been a very pleasant observation. I like what I've seen."

Most importantly to Valentine, he said the leadership from Beckett...

02/19/2012 - 11:20am
Bobby V: 'I'm concerned about the attitude'

FORT MYERS -- In a press conference that lasted over 27 minutes, Bobby Valentine opened spring training by acknowledging the major questions he faces about his team in 2012, his first as Red Sox manager. 

"At the start of the season, you have all questions," Valentine said. "You have questions about how the team will come together, how the pitching staff will work with the catchers and how the lineup will look and work together. I'd say we have all questions, and questions of good health, too."

"As far as positions, we have a vacancy at shortstop, we have a vacancy in right field, right now Carl's health is of question for maybe opening day, and opening day of spring training, so we'll deal with left field. A couple of spots in our starting rotation and a couple of spots in our bullpen have open spots also. Personnel, those are the questions that need answers and the general idea of all the things coming together need...

02/18/2012 - 9:50pm
Curry paces Harvard in win over Yale

Brandyn Curry scored 18 points and Harvard completed a season sweep of Yale with a 66-51 victory Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Keith Wright contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson (23-3, 9-1 Ivy League), who won their 27th consecutive home game -- the second-longest streak in the nation.

Greg Mangano, who leads the league in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Yale (17-7, 7-3).

The last time these teams met, Feb. 27 in New Haven, Harvard cruised to a 30-point victory. So when Mangano started the game by stuffing Keith Wright and then hitting a jumper at the other end, the Bulldogs were fired up.

However, Harvard quickly responded, taking a 14-point lead midway through the period helped by eight points from McNally. A baseline runner by Curry with four minutes left in the half pushed the lead to 20 at 35-15. Yale then closed the period on an 11-0 run, capped by...

02/18/2012 - 2:57pm
Papelbon: Sox 'won't lay down' after collapse

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The man who threw the final pitch of the biggest pennant stretch collapse in baseball history says the Red Sox won't be affected this season. As a matter of fact, Jonathan Papelbon said he expects his former team to come out stronger than ever this season to prove a point.

"They'll be motivated, no question about it," Papelbon said in his first spring training press conference Saturday with the Phillies. "There's too many good guys in that clubhouse and too many competitors and too many guys who have too much pride to just lay down and say, 'we can just come lay down.' Those guys aren't going to come into this season and just lay down. They're going to work hard. There's no doubt about it.

"I don't think it was a matter of being surprised or not surprised. I know everybody has had their own opinion about that situation and what went on there. But nobody truly knows what was truly going on. I don't even truly...

02/18/2012 - 2:23pm
Papelbon on Bard: 'No reason he can't start'

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The former closer of the Red Sox believes his former set up man can make a smooth transition to a starter's role. Jonathan Papelbon revealed that he has been in touch with Daniel Bard this winter about how to make the transition to a starter that the Red Sox are preparing for him. 

"I had a long talk with Daniel this offseason about that," Papelbon said during a 23-minute press conference with Boston and Philadelphia reporters as Phillies pitchers and catchers prepare to report this weekend. "I'm excited to see what he can do. I think Daniel has a phenomenal, phenomenal career ahead of him. In my opinion, there's no reason he can't start. Daniel can do whatever he wants to do. He's that good. He's matured into a phenomenal pitcher. He's only to get better. The sky's the limit for him. It truly really is. He can really go out there and do anything he sets his mind to."

Bard served as Papelbon's set-...

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