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02/17/2012 - 1:44pm
Red Sox rehire Steinberg as senior advisor

The Red Sox announced Friday that Dr. Charles Steinberg, who served as executive vice president/public affairs for the Red Sox from 2002 through 2007, will return to the team as senior advisor to the president/CEO.

Steinberg left the Sox in 2007 for the Dodgers, serving as executive vice president/public relations and marketing until 2010, when he became a senior advisor to commissioner Bud Selig.

“The 100th anniversary of Fenway Park marks an extraordinary time in the history of the Red Sox, and our ownership group was eager to have ‘Dr. Charles’ return to be an active and creative participant,” club president/CEO Larry Lucchino said in a statement. “We are grateful that commissioner Selig has agreed to let him return at this historic time for our franchise.”
 
Said Steinberg: “It is an honor to return for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. And to again help foster,...

02/17/2012 - 1:14pm
Peverley (MCL) out 4-6 weeks
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that forward Rich Peverley will miss 4-6 weeks with a third-degree MCL sprain in his right knee. Peverley injured his knee in a collision with Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill Wednesday night and returned to Boston for testing Thursday. 

Peverley had been filling in for the concussed Nathan Horton on the team's top line. With Peverley out of the lineup, coach Claude Julien moved Benoit Pouliot from the third line to the top line in Friday's morning skate. Daniel Paille moved from the fourth line to Pouliot's spot on the third line, while Josh Hennessy will make his Bruins debut Friday on the fourth line. 

For more on the Bruins, including which players they might need to trade for, visit weei.com/bruins.


02/17/2012 - 1:09pm
Reports: Okajima fails physical with Yankees

According to multiple reports, left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima has failed his physical with the Yankees and will not be part of New York's spring training camp. The reports suggest the 36-year-old's minor-league deal, signed this offseason, would be voided.

Okajima spent the majority of 2011 with Triple-A Pawtucket, having been designated for assignment by the Red Sox in May. In June, the former All-Star told WEEI.com that he wanted to be traded. He finished '11 having pitched in seven games for the Red Sox, and 34 games with the PawSox. In Triple-A, Okajima went 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 51 innings.

Okajima pitched in 261 games over five seasons with the Red Sox, going 17-8 with a 3.11 ERA while saving six games. In 2007, his first season with the Sox, he made the American League All-Star team while finishing sixth in AL Rookie of the Year balloting.

He was expected to compete with Rule 5 draftee Cesar Cabral for a spot as the Yankees'...

02/17/2012 - 12:15pm
Sox' Wakefield to announce retirement

FORT MYERS -- The Red Sox announced Friday that Tim Wakefield will not return to the team in 2012 and will retire. The knuckleballer, who had been offered a minor league contract with an opportunity to compete for a job through an invitation to big league spring training, will have a press conference to announce his decision at 5 p.m.

Wakefield, 45, concludes his Red Sox career with a 186-168 record, six wins shy of the franchise record for victories that is held by Cy Young and Roger Clemens. He had been spoken on multiple occasions this offseason of his hope that the Red Sox would bring him back for one more opportunity to set the franchise record for victories — and to contribute to a team with postseason ambitions — but ultimately, with no offer of a guaranteed role, he opted to end a run with the Red Sox that was nothing short of remarkable, particularly given its obscure and uncertain origins.

Wakefield finishes his Red...

02/17/2012 - 8:53am
Mashup: LeBron would consider Cleveland

LeBron James, back in his home state for Friday's game against the Cavaliers, said he would not rule out returning to Cleveland later in his career, despite the messy breakup two years ago.

"I don't know. I think it would be great," he said. "It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. You can't predict the future and hopefully I continue to stay healthy. I'm here as a Miami Heat player, and I'm happy where I am now, but I don't rule that out in no sense.

"And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me."

James said he has no bitterness toward Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, but he said he has not spoken to Gilbert since James last met with the team's management before he made his decision to sign a six-year contract with Miami as a free agent. Gilbert famously went on a rant after James' announcement and blasted the star forward.

"I don't...

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