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07/14/2010 - 8:19pm
Theo: Steinbrenner 'is the Yankees'

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joined in on the praise of the late George Steinbrenner, who died of a massive heart attack on Tuesday morning at the age of 80. Epstein praised Steinbrenner for his generous donations to many charities, especially in his later years, including five-figure donations to the annual Jimmy Fund Radio/Telethon on WEEI. 

 

"Our condolences go out to the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees organization," Epstein said Wednesday during an option Red Sox workout at Fenway Park. "Obviously, he was a great icon in baseball and great competitor. He was someone who hated to lose and ran his organization accordingly. We’re finding out more and more, that he was someone with a huge heart, as well, who might have been hard to work for, at times, but that doesn’t give you the full measure of the man. Seems like a great man and built a great organization. He’ll be missed...

07/14/2010 - 8:15pm
One rehab for Clay; no DL for Beltre

While several regulars are on the disabled list, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein sounded optimistic about two players key to the team's hopes in the second half. 

 

Clay Buchholz is expected to make just one rehab start before returning to the Red Sox rotation while Adrian Beltre, who had his hamstring tighten the day before the All-Star break on Sunday is not expected to head to the disabled list. 

 

“He’s going to go three or four innings on a rehab start Friday in Syracuse, just make sure he’s comfortable," Epstein said of Buchholz. "He’s healthy but we want him to test it. He hasn’t thrown in a game in three weeks so we want to make sure he tests it, gets around, bounces around okay on the hamstring. If that goes well, he’ll probably make just one and back to the big league rotation.”

 

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07/14/2010 - 7:56pm
Theo: 'Good news' on Ellsbury front

 

Theo Epstein sounded an optimistic tone on Wednesday at Fenway Park when asked about Jacoby Ellsbury, who is now in Fort Myers attempting to rehab his ailing ribs and side. Epstein said he is encouraged that Ellsbury has been able to pick up a bat and do some baseball activities, indicating participating in games could be two weeks away.  

 

“I don’t want to put a timetable on it but a normal hitting progression is two weeks but I think it’s good news that he’s already ahead of that schedule, [two weeks] from picking up a bat to being able to take game at-bats,” Epstein said. 

 

Ellsbury initially injured his ribs on April 11 in Kansas City when he collided with Adrian Beltre, going after a fly ball. He attempted a comeback in May in Philadelphia and suffered a setback and has been...

07/14/2010 - 7:50pm
Hermida to start rehab assignment Thursday

Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida will start a three-game rehab assignment Thursday for Double-A Portland in New Britain. 

 

Hermida has been sidelined since June 11 with broken ribs. He is batting .217 with five home runs and 27 RBI for the Red Sox this season. 

 

For more Red Sox news go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/14/2010 - 4:33pm
O'Neal 'knew' Heat's plan, chose C's
By: DJ Bean

WALTHAM -- In meeting with the media on Wednesday, new Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal spoke about his former team, the Miami Heat, saying that he was aware that the plan was to reel in star free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh while also retaining Dwyane Wade. The Heat also wanted O'Neal back to team with the trio, but he instead took a two-year deal with the Celtics.

 

"I knew what they were trying to do, and I could have re-signed back with those guys, but it comes down to fit," O'Neal said. "It comes down to personalities and style of play, and Boston has all that for me. It was the most important choice that I've made in my career.

 

"It was the first time I actually had the opportunity to even be a free agent in about 14 years, so it was very difficult, but I just felt like over the next two years I needed to be somewhere where the focus is strictly about winning now, not worrying about chemistry...

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