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03/08/2011 - 5:28pm
Beckett solid, Sox sweep spilt-squad contests

FORT MYERS, Fla. –  Josh Beckett made his first start since suffering a concussion last week, pitching 3.2 strong innings vs. the Astros in the Red Sox' 3-2 victory at City of Palms Park on Tuesday.

 

Beckett allowed three hits and one run (which was in large part due to Josh Reddick, who lost a ball in the sun in right field, turning a sure out into a Drew Locke two-out RBI double) while walking one and striking out four. He threw 55 pitches, 30 for strikes.

 

Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Sox. Bard, who had struggled in his first two spring appearances, struck out two batters in a perfect frame, while Papelbon fanned one in his inning of work.

 

Ryan Kalish had three hits in the leadoff spot, Jarod Saltalamacchia had a pair of hits and Carl Crawford added a double, his first extra-base hit of the spring. In the win, the Sox...

03/08/2011 - 4:28pm
Sox' spring training sellout streak ends

For the first time since 2003, the Red Sox failed to sell out a Grapefruit League home game. The announced crowd of 4,909 fans was well below capacity at City of Palms Park, which had sold out 109 straight contests spanning nine spring trainings.


The culprit in the end of the sellout streak was a rescheduled contest between the Astros and Sox. The Sox originally were scheduled to play a two-game exhibition series against the Astros in Houston at the end of the spring. However, MLB rules prevented the second of those games from being played on March 31, the same day as the MLB season will open. As such, the March 31 game in Houston was shifted to a split-squad game against the Astros in Fort Myers on March 8, with the late reschedule helping to end the sellout streak.


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03/08/2011 - 3:57pm
Wake: 'Why would I go somewhere else?'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The future of Tim Wakefield with the Red Sox has been a topic all spring, as the 44-year-old battles for a spot on the roster. Wakefield was asked by WEEI.com on Tuesday morning if he envisioned a scenario where he could pitch for any other team than the Red Sox.

 

"Why would I? I've been here for so long, why would I go somewhere else?," asked Wakefield, who made his first appearance with the Red Sox on May 27, 1995. "This is ... that uniform is me. I can't, it'd be like Carl Yastrzemski going somewhere else to play one year or two years."

 

Wakefield also told WEEI.com that he fully expects to make the team this spring, and still "feels confident" that he can be a help to the Sox if given the opportunity to start.

 

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03/08/2011 - 3:32pm
Marchand calls out diving Habs' antics
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Brad Marchand landed a couple of pregame shots at the Canadiens Tuesday morning, calling out their style of play and on-ice antics. 

 

“They like to get in and shoot their mouths off and then when you hit them they’ll dive down and fall easy,” Marchand told a group that included CTV’s Arpon Basu.

 

“They get a lot of shots behind the play, and then they play it off like when we run them they didn’t do anything to deserve it.”

 

Marchand has been the center of multiple high points of the rivalry this season. He missed three games as the result of a crushing hit from Habs defenseman P.K. Subban on Dec. 16 and provided the late hit that fueled a line brawl (and eventual goalie fight on Feb. 9.

 

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03/08/2011 - 3:24pm
Davis, Delonte likely to miss next two games

WALTHAM -- After sounding hopeful on Saturday that Delonte West would return Wednesday against the Clippers, Doc Rivers ruled that possiblity out following practice on Tuesday. West has missed the last four games with a sprained right ankle and was limited to working out on an exercise bicycle Tuesday while the team held an open practice. 

 

"He's not going to play [Wednesday]," Rivers said. "I think he's doubtful for Friday, as well. We're hoping Sunday." Meanwhile, Von Wafer is also battling leg issues and Rivers said his back-up guard, injured against Golden State last Friday, is out indefinitely. "Von is going to miss a while. He's nowhere close to coming back," Rivers said. 

 

There was some good news as Rivers sounded much more hopeful with regard to Glen Davis, who is battling left knee soreness. The power forward has missed the last two games with patellar tendinitis. ...

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