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06/22/2010 - 8:24am
Matsuzaka wants to pitch in WBC again

Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has had great success in the World Baseball Classic, although his MVP performance in 2009 had negative effects on his performance during Major League Baseball's regular season. Asked about the next WBC, scheduled for 2013, Matsuzaka made it clear that he would not hesitate to represent his country again, saying through his translator: "If they want me and I’m called upon."

 

Read more about Matsuzaka's feelings about the WBC at the Full Count blog.


06/22/2010 - 8:19am
Lineup: Reddick recalled, Manuel sent down

The Red Sox open a three-game set with the Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday. The Sox, 24-8 in their last 32 games, stand just a half game behind the Yankees for the top spot in the AL East. Jon Lester, who is 8-0 in his last 11 starts, takes the mound for the Sox. Lester is opposed by Jhoulys Chacin, winless since May 25.

 

Josh Reddick has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox, playing right field and batting in the eighth spot. To make room for Reddick the Red Sox returned relief pitcher Robert Manuel to Triple A Pawtucket.

 

Red Sox:

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Martinez, 2

Youkilis, 3

Beltre, 5

Nava, 7

Cameron, 8

Reddick, 9

Lester -- SP

 

For more Red Sox news check out the Full Count Blog.


06/22/2010 - 7:08am
NBA mock draft: C's shoot for Anderson

John Wall and Evan Turner are holding steady at 1-2 in the latest edition of WEEI.com's NBA mock draft, but there have been some changes in the middle of the round, which is as unpredictable as any in recent memory. With Nevada forward Luke Babbitt's stock rising, look for the Celtics instead to turn to Oklahoma State shooting guard James Anderson with the 19th pick. Read the complete mock draft at the Green Street blog.


06/21/2010 - 5:50pm
Reports: Bruins shopping Tim Thomas
By: DJ Bean

Multiple reports have indicated the Bruins have been trying to trade goaltender Tim Thomas. Such talks were expected, as the former Vezina Trophy winner lost his starting job to Tuukka Rask last season and carries an annual cap hit of $5 million. ESPN is reporting that the Bruins have received calls from interested teams following Montreal's trade of Jaroslav Halak to the Blues, while Comcast Sportsnet, who mentioned talk of such chatter first on Monday, has indicated the Sharks, Flyers, and Lightning could be in on Thomas. The 36-year-old went 17-8-8 last season for the Bruins with a goals against average of 2.56. For more on the Bruins, check the Big Bad Blog


06/21/2010 - 4:50pm
Gammons on Big Show: Sox need Ellsbury
By: DJ Bean

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons joined The Big Show on Monday to discuss a variety of topics, including Manny Ramirez' return to Fenway, the end of the steroid era, and the Red Sox' recent surge. Ramirez, who was suspended for 50 games last season, should make the Hall of Fame in spite of being more officially linked to performance-enhancers than the likes of Barry Bonds, according to Gammons.

 

 

"Manny Ramirez is unquestionably a Hall of Fame player," Gammons said. "There's no doubt about it in terms of ability. The question is how much of this is going to be a moral issue. I think in time it will go away, I really do, and I think Manny will make it in."

 
Gammons also added that the young crop of elite players in what is perceived to be the post-steroid era should put fans in a lighter frame of mind, making them a bit more lenient on players such as Ramirez. 
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