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07/24/2012 - 1:14pm
Horton (concussion) cleared for contact
By: DJ Bean

Speaking at Claude Julien's press conference Tuesday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gave updates on the Bruins who finished last season with injuries. The most notable update regarded the status of Nathan Horton, who has been knocked out of the last two seasons with concussions.

"Nathan Horton has been cleared for contact and by all accounts from our medical staff will be ready to play when it comes time to play," Chiarelli said. 

Chiarelli added that Patrice Bergeron's oblique injury is "completely healed" and that the team expects Adam McQuaid (concussion) and Tyler Seguin (hand surgery) to be god for training camp in September.

"Adam McQuaid has been completely cleared," he said. "Seguin is on his road to recovery in his initial timeframe. It may be sooner than that."

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07/24/2012 - 7:16am
Lester to start Saturday vs. Yankees

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Texas after his team's 9-1 loss against the Rangers that left-hander Jon Lester will make his next scheduled start against the Yankees in New York this weekend. Though Valentine said before the contest that he would wait to talk to Lester before making a decision about whether the left-hander -- who gave up a career-high 11 runs in four-plus innings on Sunday -- would start against the Yankees, the two decided that the best course of action was for him to stay on turn.

Lester may throw to hitters in a simulated setting on Wednesday as a tune-up, but the pitcher expressed confidence to Valentine that he can recover from a lengthy struggle that now has him in possession of a 5-8 record and 5.48 ERA.

"We got a nice proactive plan. He’s going to throw Wednesday -- maybe throw to a couple of hitters, get a little feel for a couple of his pitches," Valentine told reporters. "He...

07/24/2012 - 6:49am
Mashup: Curtis Martin hid head injuries

Former Patriots and Jets running back Curtis Martin, set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, said Monday that he suffered so many head injuries during his playing days that he became "an expert at covering it up."

"This was just the mentality, it's no fault of the NFL or anything, it's just a part of the game." Martin said at a luncheon in New York, as quoted by The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. "When I would get hit, they knew that I popped up just like that, every time I get hit. … Any time that I didn't pop up, my fullback knew to come pick me up because I was probably either dazed or knocked out."

Martin, who admitted that at 39 he's already having some short-term memory issues, said the NFL's toughest problem is convincing players to admit when they're hurt.

"The NFL not only has to deal with the fact that the game is changing and there are these real-life...

07/23/2012 - 11:57pm
Pedroia: 'I think we're all miserable'

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia took stock of his team's plight after the Red Sox endured a 9-1 blowout loss in Texas against the Rangers. Pedroia expressed a positive long-term view of the Sox even as he conceded that, amidst a four-game losing streak that has dropped the team below .500 for the first time since June 16, the immediate outlook is not very promising.

"I think we're all miserable," he told reporters. "Nobody in here likes losing. We want to win, every single one of us. It happens. I mean, it's the big leagues, man. They went out and executed pitches today and swung the bats great, and we didn't. That's the way it is, man. You play better, you win. That's basically it.

"We'll be all right. We've got to keep fighting. No one said this is going to be easy, and it never is here. But we'll find a way," he added. "We've been here before. We've come back from starting 2-10 last year and we fought...

07/23/2012 - 10:16pm
Sox pounded by Rangers, sink below .500

The all-or-nothing Red Sox offense was shut down by right-hander Scott Feldman and the Texas Rangers on Monday night, as the Sox dropped their fourth straight contest, this one by a 9-1 count. As a result, the team fell back below .500 for the first time since June 16.

The Sox took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a Feldman changeup for a colossal homer to deep right-center. But the advantage proved short-lived as the Rangers posted four runs in the bottom of the third against Sox starter Felix Doubront.

Though Doubront kept the Rangers unbalanced for much of the game, Texas' rally was fueled by a frustrating three-batter sequence for the left-hander to start the inning. An infield single to short by the speedy Craig Gentry was followed by a walk to Ian Kinsler, with the runners executing a double steal to advance to second and third. Shortstop Elvis Andrus then fouled off three straight 1-2...

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