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06/04/2010 - 5:07pm
Pats sign seventh-round pick Welch

The Patriots announced Friday afternoon that seventh-round pick Thomas Welch has signed. The third draft pick to ink a deal with New England, the offensive lineman out of Vanderbilt joins third-round selection Taylor Price (who signed May 18) and sixth-round draft choice Ted Larsen (who signed May 25).

Taken in the seventh round with the 208th overall pick, the 6-foot-6, 307-pound Welch is one of the biggest players the Patriots have ever selected. Welch was a two-year starter for the Commodores and was originally a tight end, but made the switch to right tackle. He played 13 games at right tackle for Vandy in 2008 before moving over to the left side in 2009.

For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


06/04/2010 - 5:06pm
Garnett and Gasol: It's on?

LOS ANGELES -- Pau Gasol was asked a lot of questions about Kevin Garnett on the day after he scored 23 points and had 14 rebounds in the Lakers Game 1 victory in the NBA finals. Gasol talked about how he has grown over the years and how playing Garnett was a big challenge when he was in Memphis and Garnett was in Minnesota. Then he said this: "On Kevin's part, he's also lost some explosiveness. He's more of a jump shooter now." Gasol went on to say how Garnett is still a "terrific player." Only the first part of the quote was relayed to Garnett who responded, "I have no comment for his comments." Asked again, Garnett said, "I'm not getting caught up in what Pau's talking about. I'm not into bull [crap] that's going on." So, we have our first media-driven controversy of the finals. Read the full post, including...

06/04/2010 - 4:33pm
Ainge: 'I think Doc will come back'
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, appearing on The Big Show on Friday, said that the team expects to retain coach Doc Rivers following the season. When asked about the difficult situation of having to deal with rumors regarding assistant coach Tom Thibodeau and the potential departure of Rivers, Ainge said that he believes Rivers will return, but that Thibodeau will be a candidate to replace Rivers should he decide to leave. Since coming on board in 2004, Rivers has led the Celtics to two NBA finals appearances, including a 2008 title. For more on the Celtics, check out the Green Street blog. To listen to the interview click here.


06/04/2010 - 3:51pm
Lineups: Cameron out again for Sox
By: DJ Bean

Mike Cameron, who missed the entire series with the Athletics, again will be out of the starting lineup as the Red Sox begin a three-game set in Baltimore with the Orioles. Bill Hall and Jeremy Hermida will man center field and left field, respectively. 

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. Victor Martinez, C

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Adrian Beltre, 3B

8. Jeremy Hermida, LF

9. Bill Hall, CF

SP -- Clay Buchholz

 

For batter vs. pitcher matchups regarding how Orioles hitters fare against Buchholz and how Baltimore starter Chris Tillman has done against Sox hitters, check the Full Count blog. 

 


06/04/2010 - 3:15pm
O's GM: Club has taken 'giant step back'

BALTIMORE -- Orioles GM Andy MacPhail said that his team had taken a "giant step back" in getting off to a 15-39 season that has led to the dismissal of manager Dave Trembley. The Orioles GM was thorough in examining the causes of his team's poor start in a press conference to discuss Trembley's firing and the decision to replace him with interim manager Juan Samuel.

 

The Orioles will take on the Red Sox in a three-game series in Baltimore starting on Friday night. For more on Trembley's firing, click here.


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