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04/07/2010 - 6:31pm
Ortiz: 'It's like the season will be over'

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz spoke briefly in the clubhouse prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Ortiz, who is 0-for-7 with a walk in his first two games of the season, was still puzzled by the fact that there is a spotlight on his struggles after just two games of the season.

 

"I’ve been seeing [expletive] for years here," Ortiz told WEEI.com. "But what I’ve been seeing after two games, it’s like the season will be over tomorrow."

 

Ortiz has gotten somewhat accustomed to this sort of rhythm, as he started slowly over a larger period of time in the past two years. In 2008, he was hitting .070 with a .370 OPS through the first 12 games of the season. In 2009, his struggles lasted through the end of May, as he was hitting .185 with a .570 OPS and one homer through the first two months of the season.

 

Despite those experiences -- and his rebounds from both of...

04/07/2010 - 4:57pm
DeFilippo: Donahue 'great fit' for BC

 

Steve Donahue was officially introduced as the new basketball coach at Boston College at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

"This is an exciting day for Boston College basketball," director of athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "Coach Donahue led the Cornell program to an unprecedented level of success and he is well respected throughout the college basketball community. Coming from an Ivy League institution, he understand he academic mission of Boston College. His teams play an exciting, fast-paced brand of basketball, and his student-athletes are great ambassadors for the university. He is a great fit for our program."

 

Donahue led Cornell to Ivy League titles in each of the last three seasons and guided the Big Red to an NCAA Sweet 16 berth in 2010.

 


04/07/2010 - 4:50pm
Francona: 'It's the third game of the season'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona offered further insight into how he views David Ortiz’ 0-for-7 start to the season, and why he elected not to pinch-hit for the slugger against Yankees left-handed reliever Damaso Marte in the eighth inning of his team’s 6-4 loss on Tuesday. Francona suggested that it seemed a bit early for such strong reactions to two hitless games, and said that he wants to ensure that Ortiz is not “looking over his shoulder” less than two games into the season.

 

“Being reactionary in my job, especially here, I think that has a chance to set off things in a bad chain reaction, as opposed to helping,” said Francona. “It feels early to be talking about it. … My goodness. It’s the third game of the year. Yeah, it’s crazy.”

 

For more of his pre-game thoughts, including how status updates on Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz, Alan Embree and Boof...

04/07/2010 - 1:20pm
B's Recchi nominated for Masterton Trophy

Mark Recchi has been nominated by Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association for the 2010 Bill Masterton Trophy, presented to the player who exhibits "to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

 

"It is a great honor, obviously. I kept on plugging along here, and it also means I am old," Recchi said. "There have been some great players who have been awarded this, and it is just a great honor to be able to play in the NHL still, and I love it and it is nice to be recognized."

 

The 42-year-old Recchi has played in all 79 games for the Bruins this season, collecting 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points. He has gradually moved up the NHL's all-time scoring and games played lists. He is now ninth all time in games played (1,569), 22nd in goals scored (562), 17th in assists (922) and 13th in points (1,484).

 

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04/07/2010 - 12:44pm
Francona on D&H: Have some patience

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his first weekly appearance of the season Wednesday on the Dale & Holley show and addressed the David Ortiz controversy. Ortiz is 0-for-7 to start the season and flied out Tuesday night in the eighth inning with the tying run on second base, facing a left-handed reliever while righty-hitting Mike Lowell sat on the bench.

 

Francona said pinch-hitting for Ortiz was not the right move for technical as well as psychological reasons. "I don't think it's the right thing to do," he said. "We want these guys to be fearless. I can't imagine five, six at-bats into a season having your 5 hitter looking over his shoulder."

 

Added Francona: "With a runner on second and nobody out, what the one thing David normally really does well even when he's not hitting? He pulls the ball. He pulls the ball on the ground. That's why they have the shift. Now he hit a popup to...

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