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06/24/2010 - 9:52am
Williams on D&C: Bard not ready to close

MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Red Sox. Williams, who relieved for 11 seasons in the majors, cautioned people not to get too worried about Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon's meltdown in Wednesday night's loss to the Rockies.

 

"You have to be able to turn the page and understand that sometimes you get and sometimes you get got. Last night, Jonathan got got," Williams said. "It doesn't mean that he's not a good closer. It doesn't mean he's on a downward spiral. Every closer is going to blow games. That's all there is to it. And if you think you're not, you're living in a dream world."

 

Williams was asked if Daniel Bard is ready to step in as the closer if needed. "I still think he's got more to prove," Williams said. "One thing we know for sure: He's got an unbelievable arm. His at-bat against Manny Ramirez [Friday...

06/24/2010 - 7:43am
Mashup: Coach, money issues for Lakers

Despite beating the Celtics in the NBA finals, the Lakers have some issues to address. Coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday he is “leaning toward retiring” and appears serious about it. And The Los Angeles Times explains why the team is preparing to tighten the wallet, affecting personnel throughout the organization. Read more about that story and others at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


06/24/2010 - 7:03am
Report: Celtics shopping Perkins for pick

According to a report at AOL FanHouse, the Celtics have offered center Kendrick Perkins and their No. 19 draft pick to teams with high lottery picks leading up to Thursday night's NBA draft. Perkins, who has an expiring contract worth $4.4 million next season, is preparing for surgery after tearing his medial collateral ligament and partially tearing his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Game 6 of the NBA finals vs. the Lakers.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the Green Street blog.


06/24/2010 - 6:39am
Report: Thrashers tab B's assistant Ramsay

Craig Ramsay, who was an assistant coach for the Bruins the past three seasons, will be named head coach of the Thrashers, according to ESPN.com. Ramsay, who spent his entire 14-year NHL playing career with the Sabres, also has served as an assistant coach for the Sabres, Panthers, Senators, Flyers and Lightning. He had brief stints as head coach of the Sabres (21 games in 1986-87) and Flyers (25 games in 1999-2000 and 28 games in 2000-01).

 

For more Bruins news, check the Big Bad Blog.


06/23/2010 - 11:52pm
Sox beat up Jimenez, but Rockies win

Jason Giambi hit his fifth career walk-off home run, a two-run blast off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning, leading the Rockies to an 8-6 win over the Red Sox Tuesday night at Coors Field. Giambi, who was pinch-hitting, hit his homer after Ian Stewart had tied the game with a homer off of Papelbon on the second pitch of the ninth. It marked the first time in 23 chances this season that Colorado has claimed a win when trailing after seven innings.

 

The ninth-inning collapse ruined what had been a spirited comeback by the Red Sox, who touched up Colorado starter Ubalado Jimenez for four runs in the sixth inning. Leading the charge against the likely starter for the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game were outfielders Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald. Nava got things going with a two-run double in the fourth, coming after the Rockies had managed to jump out to a 4-0 lead against Red Sox starter John Lackey....

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