According to ESPN.com, which cited a team source, the Red Sox do not plan to tender a contract to left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima. The decision would mean that Okajima is a free agent.
Okajima joined the Red Sox almost exactly four years ago, signing a two-year, $2.5 million deal (with a $1.75 million option) in Nov. 2006. That deal proved a bargain, as Okajima became a key bullpen contributor for the Sox, earning an All-Star berth in 2007 and becoming the team's primary setup man for Jonathan Papelbon.
But Okajima's effectiveness diminished over time, with his ERA rising every year with Boston. In 2010, he had a career-worst ERA (4.50), strikeout rate (6.5 per nine innings), walk rate (3.9 per nine innings) while allowing 1.7 runners per inning. He also landed on the disabled...
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett missed five minutes in the third quarter when team doctors had trouble closing up a wound under his chin that required five stitches. He took an elbow from Portland point guard Andre Miller that resulted in his departure from the game at the 7:47 mark. It was not until there was 2:24 left in the third quarter that Garnett got back on the court.
For the Celtics, the absence of Garnett seemed interminable. Coach Doc Rivers felt as if it was a road game while Celtics trainers worked with Garnett's wound.
"Whoever did our stitches, we’re going to have a talk," Rivers joked. "That was the longest [wait]. I thought we were on the road. That’s what the opposing doctors do. They can’t find the sutures, they take their time."
But Garnett did return, and he made his presence felt. Garnett helped the Celtics close the third quarter on a 13-4...
The Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 14-4 following their win over the Trail Blazers Wednesday night at TD Garden. But that great record is coming with a price - nagging injuries.
Coach Doc Rivers said after the game Wednesday that Rajon Rondo's strained left hamstring, which Rivers thought was no longer an issue early in the week, started to get sore in the fourth quarter. Then Rivers said that back-up point Nate Robinson has an aching right foot which was bothering him. And making matters worse Wednesday, the Celtics lost Kevin Garnett for over five minutes in the third quarter when team doctors had trouble closing up a wound under his chin that required five stitches.
"I left Rondo in because Nate's foot was hurting," Rivers said. "Rondo's hamstring was starting to get sore and he was worried that if he came out he couldn't return. So, the injury thing is really...
Paul Pierce scored a game-high 28 points, drilling 9-of-11 shots from the floor, including all four from 3-point range, while Glen Davis was 7-of-9 and finished with 16 off the bench as the Celtics barely won their fifth straight, 99-95, over the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden. The Celtics led, 96-80, with 5:22 left on a Kevin Garnett turnaround. The Blazers went on a 15-0 run, only to fall short as Ray Allen drilled a 3-pointer from the left baseline to seal the win with 10.7 seconds left.
Garnett took a hit to the face but returned late in the third quarter to help spark a 13-4 spurt that gave the Celtics the lead for good. Garnett's 3-pointer just before the buzzer gave the Celtics a 79-72 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Celtics trailed by as many as 11 in the second quarter before turning up the defensive intensity.
Wes Matthews had 23 points and drained 5-of-7 from 3-point range while...
It didn't advance them to the Eastern Conference finals, but the Bruins beat the Flyers, 3-0, in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin had goals in the first period, while Milan Lucic added an empty-netter to put the nail in the coffin. Tim Thomas turned in 41 saves for his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.
The Bruins won in a rather flashy manner, receiving sprawling saves from Thomas and Tyler Seguin's latest eye-candy goal, a top-shelf tally on Flyers' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Thomas also stopped Flyers winger Scott Hartnell on a penalty shot in the second period.
With five shutouts, Thomas tied his career high, which he had reached in each of the last two seasons.
The Bruins will return to TD Garden on Thursday night, where they will face Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The guys discussed the controversial Indiana law.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
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