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06/04/2010 - 3:15pm
O's GM: Club has taken 'giant step back'

BALTIMORE -- Orioles GM Andy MacPhail said that his team had taken a "giant step back" in getting off to a 15-39 season that has led to the dismissal of manager Dave Trembley. The Orioles GM was thorough in examining the causes of his team's poor start in a press conference to discuss Trembley's firing and the decision to replace him with interim manager Juan Samuel.

 

The Orioles will take on the Red Sox in a three-game series in Baltimore starting on Friday night. For more on Trembley's firing, click here.


06/04/2010 - 2:42pm
Thornton, Chiarelli talk about extension
By: DJ Bean

Speaking with the media Friday afternoon in a conference call, newly re-upped Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and general manager Peter Chiarelli hit on what led to the tough winger's two-year extension.

 

"I wanted to be a Bruin as long as possible," Thornton said. I love the city, I love being here and I'm still here so I'm really happy to be back and I'm glad we could make it happen."

 

With the team just three weeks away from adding a wunderkind prospect in the NHL Draft, Chiarelli spoke of what it means to retain a key veteran when seeing an influx of youth.

 

"It’s important to have any good veteran to help out with the younger guys," Chiarelli said. "Shawn’s career path has not been the easiest and he commands a level of respect for that reason. … He’s put in his time and he’s put in his work and he’s been rewarded for it."...

06/04/2010 - 10:13am
Thornton re-signs with Bruins

Bruins winger Shawn Thornton has agreed to a two-year deal to remain in Boston, the team confirmed Friday morning. Thornton reportedly will earn $825,000 next season and $800,000 in 2011-12. Thornton had one goal and nine assists this season with a team-high 141 penality minutes, including 21 fighting majors. The 32-year-old has played three seasons with the Bruins and seven seasons in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, which followed stints with the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks.


06/04/2010 - 10:10am
Orioles fire manager Trembley

The Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley after getting off to the worst start (15-39) in the major leagues this season. Trembley was ousted just under three years after taking over the job as Baltimore's skipper in the middle of the 2007 campaign, when he replaced the fired Sam Perlozzo. He went 187-283 as the Orioles manager.

 

Trembley spent more than two decades in the minor leagues before an unlikely journey into the Orioles manager's office. He remained mindful that the job was an impermanent one.

 

"I know that sooner or later someone will come after me and be the manager of the Baltimore Orioles," Trembley told WEEI.com last season. "All we are is a caretaker of the game. We are here to make sure the game is better and pass it on to the next guy in line."

 

Trembley will be...

06/04/2010 - 8:16am
LEEInks list: Red Sox' best first-round picks

With the Major League Baseball draft set to start on Monday, we've gone back through the archives and selected the 10 best first-round picks in Red Sox history. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.


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