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07/06/2012 - 1:17pm
Agent optimistic Green stays with Celtics

Agent David Falk expressed optimism that he would reach a deal with the Celtics regarding his client, Jeff Green.

"Jeff has always had a goal to return to Boston," said Falk, who added that he was "optimistic" a new deal would be reached, although probably not until next week. Contracts can't be officially signed until Wednesday, July 11.

Green missed all of last season after having surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. Before his condition was detected, he had reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Celtics that would have paid him $9 million. Sports Illustrated reported that a new deal could be "in the neighborhood" of $40 million over four years.

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07/06/2012 - 12:53pm
Schilling denies company stonewalled audit

Curt Schilling defended himself Friday following reports that Rhode Island officials were concerned that the former Red Sox pitcher was not cooperating with the state's attempts to get more information about financial problems at Schilling's failed video game company, 38 Studios, before the company filed for bankruptcy in June.

Earlier this week, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee said 38 Studios was "stonewalling" after it missed a loan payment in May.

"It was so hard to get information from them," Chafee told The Associated Press. "Nothing was forthcoming. There were so many mixed messages. Everything kept changing."

Schilling, accusing Rhode Island's Economic Development Corp. of trying to "bully and intimidate," wrote Friday on Facebook: "We were working 24/7 for over 6 weeks to resolve issues that never should have arisen, meeting with deaf and dumb silence, intentional by the way, at every...

07/06/2012 - 7:02am
Mashup: Youk shines again, Papelbon falters

A couple of former Red Sox players are in the news for opposite results from Thursday night. In Chicago, Kevin Youkilis continued to deliver key hits for the first-place White Sox, while in New York, Jonathan Papelbon said, "This one's on me," after blowing a save for the last-place Phillies.

Youkilis completed a memorable first homestand at U.S. Cellular Field as a member of the White Sox, as he hit a game-winning home run in the sixth inning for a 2-1 victory and series sweep of the Rangers.

Youkilis is batting .307 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his 10 games with the White Sox, even though he claims he hasn't found his comfort zone in his new home.

"I haven't gotten too good of a feel for [U.S. Cellular Field] yet, but hopefully the ball keeps jumping," he said.

Papelbon, who left Boston as a free agent after last season, entered his team's game in the ninth inning with a 5-4 lead but allowed two runs as the...

07/05/2012 - 10:15pm
Crawford cites racial slur after rehab outing

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Carl Crawford came away from his third rehab game with the Portland Sea Dogs encouraged, having finished his outing against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats going 1-for-4 with a triple.

But one negative stood out for Crawford, who referenced a fan who heckled the outfielder to the point where it was mentioned after Thursday night's game.

"[That guy] actually called me a racial slur to begin the game with,” Crawford said when asked about a fan who had been noticeably vocal in his criticism of the Sox outfielder. “He was the only one I had a problem with. People in Boston don’t even do that so I don’t even know what that was about.

“I can understand why people can be upset about me signing my contract and me having the kind of year I had. I understand. They love their team and they want you to produce when you signed the contract like that. I can’t get mad at them. All I can do is just...

07/05/2012 - 9:19pm
Source: Pedroia likely to go on disabled list

According to a major league source, Dustin Pedroia likely will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injury to his right thumb that is in a different area than the torn adductor muscle that made the second baseman miss six games in early June.

Pedroia sat out Wednesday's series finale in Oakland after sustaining what he termed an injury to the back side of his right thumb the night before. He underwent tests in Boston Thursday, at which time it was determined the injury would necessitate a trip to the disabled list.

According to another major league source, surgery will not be required, with the source expecting that Pedroia will be ready to return at the conclusion of his disabled list clock (approximately July 19).

The Red Sox will make a corresponding roster move prior to their Friday night game against the Yankees.

Pedroia is hitting .266 with a .726 OPS this season. Since coming back from the initial injury, the infielder...

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