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05/24/2010 - 9:12pm
Report: Mankins won't show for OTAs

Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins won’t attend voluntary organized team activities with the Patriots over the next month without a new contract, his agent told Comcast Sports Net on Monday. Mankins’ agent Frank Bauer said Mankins would not be in attendance, and added that no progress was being made at this time on a new deal.

A Fresno State product who was taken in the first round of the 2005 draft, Mankins signed a five-year deal as a rookie, and was slated to become a free agent. However, with the change in the labor situation — players with four and five years of experience reverted to restricted free agent status — Mankins was instead tendered a one-year deal at $3.26 million by New England.

Technically, the OTA’s are voluntary, and because Mankins has yet to sign his tender, Mankins is under no obligation to attend.

The big day to keep in mind for Mankins’ deal is June 15...

05/24/2010 - 8:40pm
Martinez leaves with left toe contusion

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez was forced to leave his team's game with the Rays Monday night after being struck in the left foot by a Reid Brignac foul ball. The Brignac foul ball off of Martinez' foot came with two outs in the second inning and resulted in Red Sox manager Terry Francona and head trainer Mike Reinold to visit the catcher, who remained in the game.

 

X-rays on the foot proved negative and the team was classifying the injury as a contusion to the left toe.

 

Martinez would eventually be replaced in the third inning after drawing a walk off of Tampa Bay starter Wade Davis, giving way to pinch-runner Jason Varitek. It marked the first time since Martinez came to the Red Sox following last year's trade deadline that Sox starter Clay Buchholz had thrown to Varitek.


05/24/2010 - 8:13pm
Van Gundy: Let's see how we take a hit

After watching his team get blown out in Game 3 and on the brink of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Celtics, Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said before Monday's Game 4 he is anxious to see how his team handles the pressure.

 

"I think the question will come, whether it's early or later, whenever you get hit, that's when the question comes, especially when you're in a situation where you're down," Van Gundy said. 

 

The Magic fell behind 27-12 after one quarter and by as much as 32 before losing, 94-71, on Saturday night in Game 3. No team has ever erased an 0-3 deficit in NBA playoff history. With a win tonight, the Celtics will advance to their second NBA Finals in three seasons. 

 

For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog. 


05/24/2010 - 4:56pm
Sox not represented in early All-Star votes
By: DJ Bean

No Red Sox hitters were leading their respective positions when Major League Baseball released the preliminary leaders of All Star votes on Monday. Dustin Pedroia, well behind Robinson Cano with 279,452 votes, leads the Red Sox in votes and only he and Victor Martinez rank in the top three at their respective positions. Kevin Youkilis is second in votes among Red Sox with 150,702 but ranks fifth among first basemen. Twins catcher Joe Mauer leads all American League hitters with 644,533 votes. For more on the Red Sox' lack of All-Star presence, visit the Full Count Blog


05/24/2010 - 4:38pm
Red Sox to activate Cameron Tuesday
By: DJ Bean

Speaking to reporters at Tropicana Field prior to Monday night's game between the Red Sox and Rays, Sox manager Terry Francona said the team wanted to give Mike Cameron a day off between his minor league rehab and his major league return and that the center fielder would be in the lineup on Tuesday. Cameron, who has been out since April 18 due to an abdominal tear, combined to hit .333 with six homers and 8 RBI during his rehab at Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

Jed Lowrie, who was diagnosed with mono in March and began the season on the 60-day DL, is also with the team and will be taking grounders before heading to Boston for checkup.

 

Josh Beckett, on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, will have one more session of flat-ground throwing before moving to a mound and eventually being activated for a start against the Athletics on June 3. 


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