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03/13/2011 - 12:44pm
Jays want to trade for Sox Rule 5 prospect

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star (via twitter), Blue Jays manager John Farrell said that his club is hoping to work out a trade with the Red Sox for left-handed pitcher Cesar Cabral.

 

The 22-year-old was selected from the Red Sox by the Rays in the Rule 5 draft in December. But as a requirement of the Rule 5 draft, a player must remain on a major league roster all season or be placed on waivers and then, if he clears waivers, offered back to his original club.

 

Cabral, who appeared in three games this spring with Tampa Bay, was waived by the Rays last week. The Blue Jays claimed him, but Farrell told Griffin that Toronto will either work out a trade with the Sox to keep the young left-hander or put him back on waivers, a process that could result in Cabral returning to the Sox.

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03/12/2011 - 7:05pm
Harvard loses playoff at buzzer

Doug Davis hit a 15-foot jumper as time expired to give Princeton a 63-62 victory over Harvard in a playoff game to decide the Ivy League's representative in the NCAA tournament.

 

Harvard had taken a 62-61 lead with 11.1 seconds left when Christian Webster fed Brandyn Curry for a layup in traffic.

 

Princeton passed on a timeout and took the ball right to the basket, but Kyle Casey blocked a Davis layup with 2.8 seconds remaining.

 

Princeton then called a timeout to set up a final play. The inbounds pass went to Davis in the left corner. He cut to his right, pump faked to send Oliver McNally flying by, and nailed the open jumper while falling down to his left.

 

"It feels good to get this win and get some payback," Davis told ESPN, referring to Harvard beating Princeton last Saturday to grab a share of the league title.

 

Keith Wright led Harvard with...

03/12/2011 - 6:14pm
Ellsbury remains hot in Red Sox win

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On a day most notable for the Red Sox debut of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, it was the players hitting in front of him in the lineup who proved most impressive. While No. 2 hitter Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3 (all singles), leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury proved even more torrid in the Red Sox' 9-2 exhibition win over the Marlins.

 

Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with two doubles -- one ripped down the right-field line leading off a game, another lined into the left field corner -- and a home run to deep right. He is now hitting .440 this spring, including an 8-for-13 run in his last four games. Given that he missed most of last season due to his rib fractures, the absence of rust has been noteworthy. If his hot start has defied anyone's expectations, however, Ellsbury has not been among them.

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03/12/2011 - 5:02pm
Bruins assign Bartkowski to Providence
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins assigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence of the American Hockey League Saturday. The 22-year-old has appeared in six games with the Bruins this season, compiling no points and four penalty minutes. His latest stint with the B's was his third of the season, having been most recently recalled from Providence on March 4. 

 

With the P-Bruins this season, the Pittsburgh native skated in 55 games, totaling five goals and 16 assists to go along with 38 penalty minutes. It has been just over a year (March 3) since Bartkowski was acquired by the Bruins from Florida along with Dennis Seindenberg for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a 2010 second-round draft pick. 

 

For more Bruins coverage, see the team page at weei.com/bruins.

 

 

 

 


03/12/2011 - 3:55pm
Gonzalez on Sox debut: 'I felt great'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He didn't miss a beat.

 

Adrian Gonzalez made his Red Sox spring training debut on Saturday a successful one. Placed in the third spot in the lineup against Marlins ace Josh Johnson, Gonzalez took almost no time to show that his rehab from surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder will not hinder him at the plate. Gonzalez jumped on the first pitch he saw -- a fastball up and away -- and lined it into left field for a single in the bottom of the first. He then drove in his first run with the Sox in the second inning, lining a 1-2 pitch to center for a sacrifice fly.

 

He only saw fastballs on Saturday, and so he is eager to see more breaking pitches in subsequent games. Even so, the first baseman was able to take an important step forward, on a recovery path that he insists will have him ready for Opening Day on April 1.

 

"It felt great," said Gonzalez, who will...

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