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03/02/2011 - 4:01pm
Lackey 'just tired of talking about last year'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After turning in his first spring training out of the season, John Lackey reiterated that he is solely focused on the 2011 season and not concerned what transpired in '10.

 

"Honestly, I'm just tired of talking about last year," said Lackey after pitching two innings against the Braves at City of Palms Park Wednesday, allowing a run on four hits. He threw 41 pitches (25 strikes), one of which former Red Sox Alex Gonzalez hit for a solo homer. "I'm ready to move forward and work on this year."

 

Lackey explained that he threw all fastballs in the outing in an attempt to build up arm-strength. He did make an alteration in his approach compared to last spring training, when the righty didn't walk a batter until his final outing of the spring.

 

"I threw a bunch of two-seamers last year during spring training, trying to pitch more to contact," he explained....

03/02/2011 - 1:56pm
Milbury: B's building reputation in league

Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the WEEI midday show Wednesday to talk about the red-hot Bruins. The B's completed a perfect six-game road trip with a 1-0 victory over the Senators on Tuesday night. Milbury said the resurgence of Nathan Horton and Michael Ryder was a key from the trip.

 

"The sign that was great for me was Nathan Horton doing something to make a difference," Milbury said. "Because Horton and Ryder on the right side have to be active and productive. They've been uneven all year long. I think it's important that they stay this way. The fight [Horton] had against Theo Peckham in Edmonton was a brawl. He came out clearly on top. This guy is tough. If he can get the fuse lit for him, the Bruins are going to be a very dangerous team to beat.

 

"The same is true of Ryder, who I actually think has skated much better along the road trip, and even prior to the road...

03/02/2011 - 12:56pm
Yankees' Teixeira fires Boras as agent

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira announced before Wednesday’s spring training game against the Astros that he has parted ways with longtime agent Scott Boras.

 

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Teixeira said. “There’s no reason to get into a lot of specifics right now, but sometimes business relationships just run their course. For me, my family right now, this is the best decision for me.”

 

Teixeira is currently in the third season of a $180 million, eight-year contract negotiated by Boras. Teixeira signed the deal after negotiations broke off with the Red Sox.

 

“Right now, the next contract isn’t really on my mind,” Teixeira said. “When I hired Scott at 18, it was to help me with my career. From the time I was a rookie, people started talking about my free-agent contract. Unfortunately, it took away from a lot of things I...

03/02/2011 - 11:50am
Francona: A-Gon 'ahead of schedule'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez took another 75 swings off a tee and soft toss on Wednesday and is much further ahead of schedule to make his Red Sox game debut in spring training, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.  

 

"Adrian did a total of 75 today," Francona said before the Red Sox game against the Braves at City of Palms. "He did a bunch. He'll have a re-gen day [Thursday] and then he'll get back at it the next day. [He will] probably incorporate a little bit of cage BP, where it'll be tee, soft toss and then some BP in the cage. I think he's definitely ahead of the schedule. He's doing great."

 

Gonzalez has been steadily building strength in his surgically repaired right shoulder, and the team has reported no issues with his progression. Francona stopped short of commiting to a timetable for his first Grapefruit League game. 

 

"Again, it's completely...

03/02/2011 - 11:42am
McShay on D&C: Pats should draft DL

ESPN’s Todd McShay joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning to discuss the NFL scouting combine and April draft.

 

A lot was made of Cam Newton’s performance at the combine. The Auburn quarterback struggled with some of his throws, and he was reportedly caught off guard by a question about why he disobeyed a call for a kneel-down at the end of the national championship game.

 

“I had questions about Cam Newton the individual and the leader and just how his character was going to mesh with an NFL team,” McShay said. “And to be honest with you, I have more questions now than I did when I arrived in Indianapolis. I met with him and I talked to him, and he can be a charismatic guy and he can be funny, but ultimately it comes down to, ‘How do you handle adversity?’

 

“He was great when all the rumors were going around, to departmentalize it and just focus on...

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