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02/28/2012 - 9:17pm
Duquette: Trade 'perfect opportunity' for 'Tek

With Jason Varitek close to announcing his retirement, former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni show, reflected on the trade he made in 1997 to bring Varitek and Derek Lowe to the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb. It was a landmark trade that had implications for the Sox over the entirety of Varitek's 15-year tenure with the Sox.

"You'd like to make one of those every year, but they don't come along every day. I'm just glad we got the opportunity to see those guys during the great years of their career," said Duquette. "Jason had a great career. He really solidified the team for over a decade. He was one of the few guys, he was the captain of the team, but he really earned that captaincy by the way he handled himself on the field, the leadership that he undertook.

"Whenever we went into Yankee Stadium, he always got a big hit," added Duquette. "He...

02/28/2012 - 8:20pm
Bass, Wilcox return to Celtics lineup

Considering the five-game losing streak and seven losses in eight games before the NBA All-Star break, there hasn't been too much to celebrate around the Celtics locker room, but the return of bigs Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox are welcome additions to the team's depleted frontcourt.

After a six-game absence due to a knee injury, Bass started alongside Kevin Garnett against the Cavaliers on Tuesday night in place of the injured Jermaine O'Neal (knee). Meanwhile, Wilcox has battled shoulder, calf and groin injuries -- the last of which kept him out of a loss to the Thunder last week.

The Celtics (15-17) lead the Cavs (13-18) by 1.5 games for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

For more on the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.


02/28/2012 - 4:18pm
Mottau: Trade 'a dream come true'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Mike Mottau called Monday's trade to the B's "a dream come true."

The Avon, Mass., native was part of the four-player trade that also landed former Islanders teammate Brian Rolston in Boston, and it returned Mottau to the where he grew up and played his college hockey at Boston College.

"Growing up a Bruins fans, and following the team throughout my whole professional career, finally getting a chance to put on the sweater was really special this morning, even just to go out for morning skate," Mottau said after Tuesday's morning skate. 

Mottau followed last year's playoffs and watched the Bruins as they won their first title in 39 years. He's friends with Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo, so the trade returns him to his home without the tough adjustment to a new team. 

"Even playing with the Islanders last year, I was home for the Cup run. Watching the...

02/28/2012 - 3:18pm
Bobby V: Tek 'was able to beat up [A-Rod]'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Nearly 24 hours after learning of the decision by Jason Varitek to retire rather than return under a minor league invite to Red Sox camp, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Tuesday recalled one of Varitek's epic moments that endeared him to Red Sox fans forever. In praising Varitek, Valentine recalled the catcher's fight with New York's Alex Rodriguez on July 24, 2004, when Rodriguez shouted out toward Bronson Arroyo and Varitek popped out in front of the plate. Rodriguez got in Varitek's face after the Red Sox catcher had words with the third baseman and a fight ensued. 

"From afar, he was everything that you want in a guy that wore a 'C' to be," Valentine began. "He was a man's man. He was a big hitter when needed. He was a leader of a pitching staff. He was able to beat up Alex. All that stuff was good stuff. He was exactly what he was supposed to be."

With the Red Sox struggling to stay in the...

02/28/2012 - 1:00pm
New B's Rolston, Mottau in, Zanon out
By: DJ Bean

 Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday's morning skate that he expects additions Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau to be in the lineup when the B's take on the Senators Tuesday night. Greg Zanon just arrived in Boston and did not take part in the morning skate and will not play Tuesday. 

Julien added that forward Shawn Thornton, who has been sick recently, is expected to be in the lineup. Thornton was present for Tuesday's morning skate. 

Rolston, who was acquired with Mottau from the Islanders Monday, centered Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron in the morning skate. 

Julien said he was "really happy with the moves, which provide the B's with depth for the stretch run. 

"Depth doesn't mean they don't belong in our lineup," Julien said, "it means we have a lot more options now." 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins. ...

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