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06/09/2010 - 12:43pm
Francona on D&C: No issues with Ellsbury

Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday from Cleveland and addressed some off-field issues that have been oft-discussed in the media.


Regarding the Jacoby Ellsbury situation, Francona said he wasn't bothered by the fact that Ellsbury sought out a second and third opinion on his injured ribs. Said Francona: "I've had numerous conversations with [agent] Scott Boras and they've all been good. No, this is a good thing. You can't let your ego get in the way. Whether it's medical people or players or managers, we just want what's best for our players. However you've got to go about it, we're willing to do it."


Added Francona: "This kid wants to play. He came back, he was swinging a bat. … He wanted to be back in there playing, and he didn't feel like he could successfully."


With Victor Martinez teaming up with Daisuke Matsuzaka in Monday's win,...

06/09/2010 - 11:59am
Sox draftee Ranaudo discusses future

Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, whom the Red Sox drafted in the supplemental first round (No. 39 overall), told that he will pitch pitch in the Cape Cod Baseball League before he sits down with the club to negotiate a contract to begin his professional career. The 20-year-old entered 2010 regarded as perhaps the best college player in the draft, but injuries, performance struggles and signability concerns moved him down to the Sox' third pick.


Ranaudo, who will be advised by agent Scott Boras in negotiations with the Red Sox, performed well at the end of the college season, and said that he is healthy and looks forward to cementing his credentials as a top prospect this summer.


"The strides I made at the end of the season were significant. I feel like I’m pitching the best I pitched for a long time," Ranaudo said. "Hopefully I can go to the Cape, prove myself more and show the baseball world...

06/09/2010 - 9:58am
Report: Ex-BC guard Heslip lands at Baylor

According to a tweet from The Recruit Scoop, Brady Heslip's former AAU coach, Ro Russell, said the 6-foot-2 guard has committed to Baylor. Heslip, who joined the BC program as a freshman in the middle of last season, decided to transfer after the Eagles fired coach Al Skinner and hired Steve Donahue. The Canadian sharpshooter visited Georgetown last week and also reportedly had a standing offer from Utah State.


Heslip is one of three players to transfer from BC this offseason, along with Evan Ravenel (Ohio State) and Rakim Sanders (Fairfield).


For more BC news, check The BC Blog.

06/09/2010 - 9:02am
Avery Johnson on D&C: Pierce needs KO

Former NBA coach and current ABC/ESPN analyst Avery Johnson joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the NBA finals. Johnson said the Celtics need their offensive leader to return to form. "Paul needs to play like Paul Pierce," Johnson said. "With him guarding Ron Artest quite often and not Kobe [Bryant] as much as he did with LeBron James, you expect more offense out of Paul Pierce. This team has always been successful when he's been the leading scorer, when he's the guy. ... I think the key is, I haven't seen Paul Pierce with the type of aggressiveness and knockout-type of look in his eyes, where he's trying to knock a guy out. He's been jabbing, to take a boxing term, in this series, and he hasn't been trying to knock guys out with his scoring. For the Celtics' sake, we'll see if that changes."


Johnson was asked about Rajon Rondo appearing tired at times. Said Johnson: "It may be a...

06/09/2010 - 8:39am
Mashup: Pete Rose's corked bat controversy

Owners of game-used Pete Rose bats had them X-rayed, and the results appear to indicate that Rose corked his bats in his pursuit of baseball's all-time hits record in 1985. One columnist wants an asterisk next to Rose's name in the record book. Read more about that, plus check out stories on Stephen Strasburg's MLB debut, disharmony at New York Jets camp, and "The dark side of the UCLA basketball dynasty." It's all at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

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