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09/28/2010 - 6:03pm
Saltalamacchia has 'pretty full tear' repaired

CHICAGO -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia underwent successful surgery Tuesday in Cleveland to repair what was classified by Sox manager Terry Francona as a 'pretty full tear' of a thumb ligament on the 25-year-old's left hand. The injury originally occurred while Saltalamacchia was playing for Triple A Oklahoma City in late July, just prior to being traded to the Red Sox. The operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.

 

"He came through surgery fine," Francona said. "He did have a tear, a pretty full tear. It was repaired and a report will be written up. He's still in recovery, but everything came out, according to the doctor, fine."

 

It is expected that Saltalamacchia will be ready for the beginning of spring training. For more Red Sox news see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


09/28/2010 - 3:46pm
Patterson, Lopez in Sox lineup

The Boston Red Sox are still mathematically alive for the postseason and hope to delay playoff elimination yet again on Tuesday night when they continue their series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. After their win on Monday night, the Sox are 5 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the AL wild card with six games remaining. Despite their slim chance of advancing to the postseason, the Red Sox have won four of their last five and nine of 14.

 

Marco Scutaro will sit out of Tuesday night's tilt, with Felipe Lopez making his Red Sox debut by batting ninth and playing second base. Eric Patterson will get his first start since Aug. 15, leading off and playing center field as Ryan Kalish gets the night off. Here is the starting lineup for the Red Sox on Tuesday night in Chicago:

 

Patterson CF
Drew RF
Martinez 1B
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowrie SS
Reddick LF
Varitek...

09/28/2010 - 3:27pm
Doc: Big Baby 'living up' to nickname

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics head coach Doc Rivers met with the media after the club's first practice of the season Tuesday at Salve Regina University. Rivers was asked about the comments made by Glen Davis at Media Day on Monday. The forward complained about not knowing what his role with the club will be this year, commenting, "No matter what I do, you know, I can play great, it's still not enough."

 

"I think he's living up to [The Big Baby moniker] again," Rivers said of Davis. "If Baby doesn't know what his role is by now, I guess he'll be sitting down a lot. It's just that simple."

 

For more Celtics news visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


09/28/2010 - 2:01pm
Gene Orza, MLBPA COO, to retire in 2011

Gene Orza, the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Chief Operating Officer, announced his plans to retire in the spring of 2011 on Tuesday. Orza, who will remain on the MLBPA staff through March of next year, has worked with the players union for 26 years. The MLBPA COO may be most known for his role in orchestrating a drug testing compromise in 2002 that allowed the Clubs and Association to break an almost 20-year impasse on the subject of random testing of players. To read the complete press release from the MLBPA on Orza's retirement plans, visit the Full Count blog.
 


09/28/2010 - 7:50am
Shaq on D&C: 'I would have played for free'

In an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has made no less than $10 million in each of his last 14 NBA seasons, and at least $20 million in his last nine campaigns, said that he had no problem taking a pay cut in excess of 90 percent in order to come to the Celtics. O'Neal signed a two-year deal for approximately $3 million this summer, and he suggested that money was virtually irrelevant in making his decision to join Boston.

  

"I had other options where the money would have been greater. But this franchise, this team, has a tradition of winning," O'Neal said. "I’ve been one of the luckiest guys in the history of the game. I’ve had four max deals and one lifetime of play. So money wasn’t an issue. Money will never be an issue. But Danny Ainge had $1 million left, which was the minimum. If I had to, to come here and play, I would have played for free....

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