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06/21/2012 - 11:45am
Saltalamacchia: No clubhouse issues for Sox

Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday. Saltalamacchia hit his 13th homer of the season in Wednesday's 15-5 win over the Marlins and is now viewed as a legitimate candidate to make his first All-Star team.

"It'd be awesome," Saltalamacchia said when asked about possibly being selected to the All-Star team. "Every player wants that, but obviously our first goal is to make the playoffs and the World Series and win it. As a personal goal, yeah, I'd love to go to the All-Star Game. It would be a fun experience for me and it would kind of prove to myself where I'm at in my career and where I was four or five years ago."

Saltalamacchia was asked for his thoughts on Buster Olney's ESPN report earlier this week that stated there was a "toxic" atmosphere in the Red Sox clubhouse. 

"I don't know where that's coming from, as far as the clubhouse...

06/21/2012 - 10:57am
Red Sox pitching coach to return 'soon'

According to one team source, Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure is expected to return to 'soon,' while another said it would be in 'a couple of days.' McClure has been away from the team for the majority of the month due to what the team has classified as personal reasons.

Assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann has been serving as the team's pitching coach in McClure's absence, although Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has made all the trips to the mound.

The Red Sox' pitching staff is 26th in the major leagues in ERA (4.32), although the bullpen is the best in the big leagues since May 1 (2.13 ERA).

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


06/21/2012 - 9:24am
Celtics, Red Claws announce partnership

The Celtics and the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League announced a single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2012-13 NBA D-League season on Wednesday.

"We are excited to formalize an already great relationship we have established with Maine. Not only is it a perfect fit geographically, but the people of Maine are some of our most loyal Celtic fans, and Bill Ryan Jr. and the Red Claws staff have been great to work with," said Danny Ainge. "What a great opportunity for our young players to get game reps and develop their skills, while still maintaining the continuity and direction of our organization."

This partnership, also referred to as a “hybrid affiliation,” is the fifth of its kind in the NBA D-League. It allows for NBA teams to secure control of and cover the expenses related to the basketball operations of an NBA D-League team while partnering with existing local ownership, which maintains...

06/21/2012 - 7:06am
Mashup: Hockey players take shots at LeBron

LeBron James might have won over some fans for fighting through leg cramps in the final minutes to help the Heat defeat the Thunder in Tuesday night's Game 4 of the NBA finals, but some hockey players were not impressed.

Tweeted Ducks center Nick Bonino: We get it Lebron, it doesn’t hurt when you’re running around but it looks unbearable when the cameras are close up during the timeouts.

Added Capitals minor leaguer Ryan Potulny: Lebron James is embarrassing himself and the NBA or actually all athletes.

Predators minor leaguer Scott Valentine tweeted with sarcasm: If Lebron somehow manages to pull off winning a ring after fighting through a thigh cramp.. it will be a story I tell my children’s children.

James, whose Heat look to close out the series Thursday night in Miami, hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:51 remaining and finished with 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.

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06/20/2012 - 11:00pm
Wild Bard blows save for PawSox

Daniel Bard was summoned to preserve a 4-3 lead with four outs to go for Triple-A Pawtucket against Syracuse. Instead, he suffered his first blown save since being sent to the minors.

Bard entered in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second and two outs. He retired the first batter he faced on a pop-out, but then gave up a double (to Chris Marrero, cousin of Red Sox 2012 first-round pick Deven Marrero) and single with a pair of wild pitches en route to a two-run yield over four outs. In addition to uncorking the pair of wild pitches, Bard threw just 11 of 22 pitches for strikes, threw a first-pitch ball to five of the six hitters he faced and got one swing and miss in the outing.

Though the PawSox had scored an insurance run for him after the eighth, Bard's two-run yield tied the game and ultimately permitted Syracuse to claim a 6-5 walkoff win in 11 innings.

The outing represented something of a reversal, as Bard...

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