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02/19/2011 - 2:06pm
Lucchino: Sox have money for deadline deals

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite the addition of big-ticket stars Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Saturday the team still has financial flexibility to do so.

 

"We always have some amount," Lucchino said of a budget allowance for in-season deals. 

 

In two megadeals, the Red Sox commited $142 million over seven years to Carl Crawford five days after sending blue chip prospects Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly and Reymond Fuentes (minors) and Eric Patterson to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox are said to be on the verge of a $164 million extension with Gonzalez over seven years. J.D. Drew is in the final season of a five-year, $70 million contract. 

 

"I think it shows a kind of versatility on the part of the club to be able to act when the opportunity presents itself and the needs are there. I credit Theo and his staff for being as agile and...

02/19/2011 - 12:20pm
Henry: Red Sox not 'clear favorite'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With expectations and predictions of the franchise's first 100-win season since 1946 and an third World Series title in eight seasons, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has lots of work ahead to just make the playoffs. 

 

"I don't see us as a clear favorite," Henry said when asked of the Yankees. "I see the teams as fairly evenly matched. We've got our work cut out for us to hopefully win the division."

 

"I feel the same way," added Red Sox president Larry Lucchino. "There are other teams that are improving in this division. This is just not a mano-a-mano, two-team match. We've got other teams that are building a solid team and are making substantial commitments to those teams. The American League East will still be the rough-and-tumble American League East. Let's make no mistake about that."

 

Henry was joined by Red Sox...

02/19/2011 - 10:15am
J.D. Drew: Left hammy is 'much better'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Two weeks after saying the chronic soreness in his left hamstring was lingering, J.D. Drew reported Saturday that the muscle feels "much better" and is ready to take part in spring training.

 

"It's much better over the last couple of weeks so hopefully, no issues there so hopefully we can go through camp with no problem. It was a long process through the offseason trying to get that thing better but it seems to have finally turned the corner. It was a matter of just trying to get that thing to give way and we tried a bunch of different stuff but I think the strength and exercises and the stretching and stuff like that hopefully has paid off."

 

Drew told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford on Feb. 7 the problem area was just above his hamstring and below his gluteus muscle, an area that hasn't been able to receive enough blood-flow to promote the healing process. On Saturday, he said it's...

02/18/2011 - 11:06pm
Rask, Marchand lead B's past Senators
By: DJ Bean

The new-look Bruins didn't get off to the prettiest of starts, but they finished strong to earn a 4-2 victory over the Senators at Scotiabank Place on Friday night. 

 

After being outshot 13-8 in the first period, the B's woke up in the second and third. Brad Marchand had a pair of goals, while Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton and  David Krejci also multi-point games. Krejci now has 11 points over his last 10 contests. Dennis Seidenberg also scored for the B's. 

 

Marlborough native and former University of New Hampshire Wildcat Bobby Butler provided the Senators with their first tally, beating Tuukka Rask at 2:50 of the second period for his third goal in three games. Butler's strike opened the game's scoring, but Marchand's goal from Tyler Seguin and Ference pulled the B's even. After Horton gave them the lead at 9:47 of the third, the B's never looked back. Alexei Kovalev scored for the Senators with 1:30...

02/18/2011 - 8:45pm
Kaberle: Bourque was 'my hero'
By: DJ Bean

Prior to suiting up for his first game as a Bruin Friday night, newly acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle spoke to a pool reporter about joining the B's. Boston had been Kaberle's top choice for a trade, as he had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate any deal. 

 

"I was always thinking Boston would be nice to play for. Honestly growing up, it was my team because Raymond Bourque was playing for the team. I always looked up to him, he was like my hero when I was a kid," Kaberle said. "Now I get the chance to play for the team, so it’s kind of special, and you know, last year, there were a few teams on the list. This year we kind of decided to try and keep it away from media and stuff. Hopefully the Boston fit-in could be good for both sides. For me and Boston as well."

 

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