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03/20/2012 - 10:04pm
Bard sees progress in five innings

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Daniel Bard rebounded from his worst start of the spring to increase his workload to five innings in which he allowed three runs on three hits and three walks to the Blue Jays. Bard struck out two.

The right-hander put up zeros in four of his five frames, but struggled with his fastball command at times, most prominently in a three-run second in which Bard sandwiched a pair of walks around a bloop single. That set the stage for a two-run opposite-field double by Travis Snider and a sac fly by minor leaguer David Cooper. In the outing, Bard threw 83 pitches, just 49 for strikes.

Still, Bard settled for the duration of his outing, his longest of the spring. He showed a sharp breaking ball on which he collected both of his strikeouts. After the outing, he suggested that he was far more pleased with this outing than he had been after yielding seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his previous appearance.

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03/20/2012 - 9:45pm
UMass on to NIT semis after edging Drexel

Chaz Williams continued his sensational postseason with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, and UMass rallied for a 72-70 victory over Drexel Tuesday night in Philadelphia to advance to the semifinals of the NIT.

The Minutemen, seeded fifth in Region 3, will play the Region 4 champion (Nevada or Stanford) next Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The championship game is Thursday, also in New York City.

Terrell Vinson added 18 points for UMass (25-11), which was outrebounded 43-21 but shot 58.8 percent from the field (including a blistering 70.8 percent in the second half).

Dartaye Ruffin led third-seeded Drexel (29-7) with 17 points.

UMass trailed by 10 points at the half, 41-31, and by 17 points in the second period. The Minutemen finally forged ahead with a late 13-2 run that started and ended with Vinson jumpers. His 17-footer with 4:13 remaining put UMass up by six, 68-62.

Drexel closed to within two points on two Frank Massenat...

03/20/2012 - 9:19pm
Miller (hamstring) out of running for rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller left Tuesday's game after just three pitches due to what the Red Sox described as a mild left hamstring strain. After he entered the game in relief in the top of the seventh inning, Miller signalled to the Red Sox dugout after throwing a 1-1 fastball for a called strike.

The 26-year-old appeared to be favoring his left leg as he followed through on his delivery from the set position. After some discussion with the Red Sox trainer and coaching staff, the left-hander left the game.

The injury was the second for Miller this spring, following a bout with elbow soreness that resulted in his going 12 days between appearances. Given that Miller has thrown just 3 1/3 Grapefruit League innings this spring (in which he has struck out six), this injury could put his availability for Opening Day in some jeopardy. At the least, said manager Bobby Valentine, Miller will not be considered for the rotation...

03/20/2012 - 7:20pm
Pats officially announce signing of Lloyd

The Patriots officially announced a series of previously reported roster moves on Tuesday: the re-signing of offensive lineman Dan Connolly and the signings of unrestricted free agents defensive end Jonathan Fanene, tight end Daniel Fells and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. In addition, the Patriots released linebacker Christian Cox. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


03/20/2012 - 6:48pm
Padilla slowed with hamstring injury

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Fifth starter candidate Vicente Padilla suffered somewhat of a setback when he injured his hamstring while working out in the JetBlue Park weight room Monday. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the team was waiting to judge what kind of timetable the pitcher would be on in the coming days.

Padilla has pitched in four games, giving up five runs on 13 hits over 10 innings, striking out nine and walking one.

In other Red Sox injury news, reliever Franklin Morales is scheduled to make his spring training debut Wednesday when the Red Sox travel to Bradenton to take on the Pirates.

"I feel good," said Morales, who was dealing with shoulder weakness. "It was just precautionary. But now I feel healthy. All I need to do now is throw a couple of innings and I'll be ready to go."

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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