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05/05/2010 - 3:04pm
Millar signs with St. Paul Saints

The St. Paul Saints announced Wednesday that former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar has signed a contract with the Independent Professional Baseball League club. The 38-year-old began his professional  career with the Saints in 1993, batting .260 with five homers and 30 RBI to help the club win a championship. 

 

"It's great that Kevin wants to come back to play for the Saints," said Saints' Manager George Tsamis. "He made it clear in our conversations that he wants to return to where it all began professionally for him, to give back to the community and to work with our younger players as Leon Durham and other veterans with the Saints' 1993 championship team did for him." Five members of that Saints' team, including Millar, went on to play in the Major Leagues.

 

Millar played 78 games with the Blue Jays in 2009, batting just .223. He signed a free-agent deal with the Cubs this past...

05/05/2010 - 2:35pm
Perk, KG sit out practice with injuries

Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins sat out Celtics practice Wednesday as both players are dealing with injuries. Garnett strained his right foot late in Game 2 against the Cavaliers and was told by Doc Rivers to shut it down after he came out for practice. Rivers said he didn't think Garnett could have played if Wednesday was a game day. Perkins suffered a hyperextended right knee during Monday's shootaround. He also did not practice, but that was more precautionary. Read more on Green Street


05/05/2010 - 2:30pm
Rondo named to All-Defensive First Team

Rajon Rondo was named to the NBA All-Defensive First-Team on Wednesday. 

 

Rondo received 23 first-place votes and 50 points overall, both totals second to Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard among all players. The fourth-year guard led the NBA in steals with 189, a number that also established a single-seaasn franchise record.

 

Rondo and Howard were joined on the first team by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Gerald Wallace.

 

 


05/05/2010 - 12:51pm
Red Sox lineup: Ortiz at DH, Hall at CF

Red Sox manager Terry Francona revealed his lineup for Wednesday night during his Wednesday appearance the Dale & Holley show. David Ortiz, despite his struggles, is back at designated hitter, bringing strong career numbers against Angels starter Joel Pineiro (.391 average, 5 walks, 2 HR). And Bill Hall will play center field in place of Darnell McDonald. "We feel like Mac needs a day [off]," Francona said.

 

Here is the Red Sox lineup. John Lackey is on the hill for the Sox. Check the Full Count blog for a more detailed preview.

 

Scutaro, SS
Pedroia, 2B

Martinez, C
Youkilis, 1B
Drew, RF
Ortiz, DH
Beltre, 3B
Hermida, LF
Hall, CF


05/05/2010 - 12:50pm
Julien: 'Don't want to let them back in series'

PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins have a chance to put the Philadelphia Flyers in a 3-0 hole Wednesday night in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. But to do so, the B's must get the job done on the road, a task they were unable to finish the last time they had the chance. Coach Claude Julien put the team through an optional skate Wednesday morning at the Wachovia Center before addressing the media and the importance of understanding what's at stake in Game 3. 

 

"I think both teams have their approach," Julien said. "Obviously, the Flyers want to get back in the series and there's no doubt they're going to be ready. We don't want to let them back in the series so we need to be ready. It's not a very complicated thing. I think it's a matter of understanding the urgency of both sides and be ready to counter what the other team is going to throw at you."

 

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