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07/06/2010 - 10:33pm
Red Sox suffer another debilitating loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox dropped a 3-2 decision to the Rays, while watching Kevin Youkilis become the latest starter to suffer an injury. The Sox' first baseman was forced to leave the game with what the team classified as a "right ankle pain" forcing the Sox to use Niuman Romero at first and in the lineup's No. 4 spot. The combination of Youkilis leaving, along with the rest of the absences in the Sox' batting order, resulted in little offense against Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (6 IP, R), or any of the four Tampa Bray relievers to make an appearance.

 

Youkilis said after the game that the diagnosis was just a spasm in a capsule in his right ankle and that he should be fine to play in the series finale Wednesday night.

 

"The whole time in the field I was just hoping it would loosen up and it never did," explained Youkilis. "It just locked up. It's a weird thing. Hopefully it doesn't...

07/06/2010 - 10:12pm
Report: LeBron will reveal decision Thursday

LeBron James will announce which team he will sign with during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night. Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine, who first reported the story, says sources told him that representatives for James contacted the network, proposing that James makes his announcement during a 9 p.m. ET special. ESPN would only confirm that active discussions for the special are ongoing.


07/06/2010 - 9:24pm
Report: Welker rehab ahead of schedule

For a guy who suffered an absolutely horrific knee injury in the regular-season finale against the Texans in January, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker looked surprisingly nimble in workouts this spring. He was limited, but was still able to participate in practice for large stretches of time — his usual MO involved working with the team through stretching and opening drills before retreating from sight when situational drills began.

There was so much made of his appearances even the receiver was a little taken aback at the reaction — ”I didn’t think it’d be that big a deal,” he said at one point.

Now comes the news from Michael Lombardi of NFL Network that Welker is ahead of schedule when it comes to returning to the field. On Tuesday night’s edition of NFL Network’s Total Access, Lombardi said Welker likely won’t be a full participant when training camp begins in late...

07/06/2010 - 8:24pm
C's fall to Sixers in Summer League
By: Jay Asser

After coming up short on Monday against the more talented Thunder squad in the first day of Summer League, the Celtics once again lost a lead on Tuesday in a loss to the 76ers.


Boston (0-2) came out and quickly took an early 15-3 lead in the first quarter on the strength of Tony Gaffney’s play. After struggling in nearly 25 minutes of play on Monday, Gaffney was much more productive and filled the stat sheet against Philadelphia with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.

 

To read the full recap and see all the happenings on the Celtics, visit the Green Street blog.
 


07/06/2010 - 6:36pm
Ortiz officially in the HR Derby

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Ortiz has been asked to participate in the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby and -- and as he said he would Monday -- the designated hitter has accepted the offer.

Thus far six players have accepted invitations to compete in the Derby: Ortiz, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, New York's Robinson Cano, Toronto's Vernon Wells, Milwaukee's Corey Hart, and Matt Holliday of the Cardinals.

Ortiz last participated in the Home Run Derby in 2006, when he made it to the second round of competition. He also took part in the 2005 and 2004 competitons. Entering Monday’s games, he is tied for seventh in the American League with 17 homers.

Ortiz said he doesn’t know who would be his pitcher for the Home Run Derby as Ino Guerrero, one of the Red Sox’ batting practice pitchers, is going home for the All-Star break. The Derby will be held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim Monday night.

“You get tired after a while,...

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