Bryce Harper, the controversial 19-year-old many are predicting to be the next major league star, was sent to Triple-A Syracuse Sunday by the Nationals.
Harper, who missed six spring training games with a calf strain, went 1-for-5 with four strikeouts Sunday against the Tigers. Manager Davey Johnson reportedly had been pushing for Harper to stay in the majors.
"He's a special player," Johnson said. "He needs to go down there and do what he's doing. He doesn't need to change [anything] for me. He just needs to go play."
Said Harper: "It sucks. But I've got to go down there [to Syracuse] and work hard and try to get up here as quick as I can. ... I just want to go down there and ... get on a streak and be called up and hopefully be a game-changer for the Nationals."
Harper, who is being transitioned from catcher to outfield, is expected to play mostly center field with Syracuse.
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On the heels of its Hockey East tournament championship over the weekend, Boston College earned the overall top seed for the NCAA tournament and will open with a game against Air Force on Saturday (4 p.m.) in Worcester.
"Coming off a St. Patrick's Day victory in the Hockey East championship and going right into the selection show is a terrific time to be associated with our program," coach Jerry York said in a statement Sunday.
Joining BC and Air Force in the Northeast Regional at the DCU Center are defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth and Maine. The regional final is Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Eagles (29-10-1) are making their 31st NCAA tournament appearance and their 13th under York.
Boston University is the No. 3 seed in the West Regional in St. Paul, Minn., and will meet No. 2 Minnesota on Saturday at 5 p.m., following a game between No. 1 North Dakota and Western Michigan at 1:30 p.m.
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The Sweet 16 has a distinct Ohio flavor as the Buckeye State will be represented by four schools, the first time one state has had four teams advance that far. Two of the schools, Ohio State and Cincinnati, will meet in the late game on Thursday at TD Garden in Boston, following the Syracuse-Wisconsin contest at 7:10 p.m.
The winners will meet on Saturday in the East Regional championship for a ticket to the Final Four.
No. 6 seed Cincinnati beat No. 3 Florida State, 62-56, Sunday night in Nashville, while No. 2 Ohio State survived its first two games in Pittsburgh to advance to Boston. All four No. 1 seeds have survived, including Syracuse, which was fortunate to beat North Carolina-Asheville in its opener on Thursday.
The other Ohio schools advancing to the Sweet 16 Sunday were Xavier -- a No. 10 seed that beat No. 15 Lehigh Sunday -- and Ohio University. The city of Cincinnati has two schools just two wins from the...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz turned in a solid performance in his fourth spring training outing, allowing one run (an Evan Longoria solo homer) and four hits over five innings, striking out four and not walking a batter in the Red Sox' 8-4 win over Tampa Bay Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.
Buchholz prioritized his fourth pitch -- the curveball -- in the outing, with the righty throwing 76 pitches (58 strikes).
Also continuing his impressive spring was infielder Pedro Ciriaco, who boosted his batting average to .545 (12-for-22) for the spring after notching an RBI single. Homering for the Red Sox were Cody Ross and Josh Kroeger. Nate Spears and Alex Hassan also contributed with two hits apiece.
"I don’t have a spot for him right now," Valentine said of Ciriaco. "He’s a good player. Guys get hot in spring training, but his hands are there, his arm’s there, his speed is there. That’s not going...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said prior to his team's game Sunday against the Rays that he has no plans to carry three catchers on the Opening Day roster, and insinuated Ryan Lavarnway -- despite the catcher's positive impressions throughout camp -- may have to start the season in the minor leagues.
"Eventually it's going to happen," Valentine said of Lavarnway finding his way onto the major league roster. "If the season started tomorrow, it would not happen."
Valentine explained that he has never felt inclined to have three catchers on the roster, and this year doesn't appear to be any different.
"Never is one of those words I wouldn't use, but there's a high possibility I won't go with three," the manager said
"You know, eventually, the decision goes from [what’s best for[ the individual to [what’s best for] the team. And I don’t know if [...
We discuss the QB situation, Bill's longevity in the league, the players who lead, the 4th pre-season game and much more on this Patriots Monday-Wednesday.
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Kirk and Callahan start the 9am discussing the soon-to-come Tom Brady four game suspension and what will happen during that stretch for TB12 and the Pats. The guys then dig back into the Kaepernick discussion in this 9am hour podcast.
Kirk Minihane reads the Wednesday news & gossip headlines, much to the chagrin of the auditioning Gary Tanguay who had prepared to take the lead.
Kirk, Gerry and Gary Tanguay welcome Pats QB Jimmy G to the program, and then discuss the Pats' QB situation in this upload of the entire 8am hour of Wednesday's show.
Dave Dombrowski said the Red Sox weren't going to rush out to sign Tebow after his baseball workout yesterday. Lou and Christian talk about how obviously bad Tebow would be in the MLB and why this is just a stunt.
Dont'a Hightower calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about stepping up in the Patriots locker room, how his new locker means he's following the footsteps of some big names, and how the Patriots defense is shaping up heading into the season.
LaGarrette Blount calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about the end of the preseason, what the locker room is like during these cut-periods, and the overall feel of the Patriots offense heading into the season.
We discuss what worked and what didn't work for the Sox as they blew the lead, but then came back to win an afternoon game at Fenway.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
College football is back, so Anthony and Austin talk about what they're looking forward to as the season starts up. Also, they ask a very, very important question -- is the Alabama dynasty finally dead?
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.