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06/15/2010 - 12:44pm
Francona on D&H: Parade or riot for Manny?

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly conversation on the Dale & Holley Show, took stock of his time with former Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez as he looked ahead to the slugger's return to Fenway Park with the Dodgers this weekend.

 

"I have no idea how this is going to be. This will be one of the more interesting returns, probably, in the history of the game," said Francona. "It could range anywhere from them throwing a parade to a riot. You just don't know."

 

In parts of eight seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez hit 274 homers and hit .312 with a .411 OBP, .588 slugging mark and .999 OPS while driving in 868 runs. He also created more than a couple of managerial headaches, but Francona chose to emphasize what his former star did when on the field.

 

"There’s no getting around what Manny did for us. I don’t know that I really want to. This guy was one...

06/15/2010 - 12:15pm
Scutaro to sit, Nava to lead off

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley Show, said that shortstop Marco Scutaro would not be in the lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday due to "a little procedure ... to alleviate some of the stress on his neck that everyone is talking about." Francona said that the procedure was conducted on the off-day on Monday, and that the Sox wanted to use the off-day to give the shortstop a couple of days of rest.

 

"He's done a terrific job of playing through a lot of aches and pains," said Francona.

 

With Scutaro out, outfielder Daniel Nava will make his third straight start and hit leadoff. Francona said that the outfielder sees a lot of pitches and swings at strikes, making him a good fit for the role, particularly given that J.D. Drew is not uncomfortable leading off.

 

"We're going to ride the Nava wave," Francona said...

06/15/2010 - 11:17am
Mankins not in attendance at Pats' mini-camp

Guard Logan Mankins was not in attendance Tuesday at the first day of the Patriots' mini-camp. Mankins declined to sign the Patriots' restricted free agent offer Monday and reportedly has been asked to be traded. According to multiple reports, Mankins turned down an offer of seven years, $35 million from the team. The Patriots retain his rights, with contract tender standing at $1.54 million (110 percent of his 2009 contract.)

 

Speaking at the mini-camp, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said when asked Mankins, "Right now, I'm just focusing on the players who are here." When asked further, Belichick added, "Contract situations. are between the player and the club." Belichick also briefly touched on the progress of wide receiver Wes Welker, saying, "I think he's doing all right ... he's got a long rehab. He's coming along. I'm impressed with his work ethic." ...

06/15/2010 - 10:47am
Refs for Game 6: Two from Game 2

Two of the referees who participated in the Celtics' Game 2 win against the Lakers in Los Angeles will be officiating Game 6, Monty McCutchen and Ken Mauer, with Joe DeRosa serving as the third referee for Tuesday night's finals game between the Celts and LA. In Game 2 the Lakers were afforded 41 free throw attempts to the Celtics' 26, but LA's Kobe Bryant also was whistled for his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter on a charge call issued by Mauer. After the game Lakers coach Phil Jackson complained that Derek Fisher wasn't being allowed to properly guard Ray Allen, who set a record for most 3-pointers in a finals game. DeRosa reffed Game 1, where there were 67 free throw attempts.


06/15/2010 - 8:54am
Legler: Kobe trusts teammates less and less

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning about all things NBA finals, including the fact that Lakers need more from their players not named Kobe Bryant if they are to be successful in the final two games of the series.

 

“If you’re Phil Jackson, you hope you can get it from somewhere because I don’t care what Kobe Bryant does tonight, it’s not going to be enough unless he gets some more balance across the board,” Legler said.

 

One of the main reasons the Lakers were unable to get that balance was a lack of trust from their superstar, according to Legler. “For Kobe Bryant, the problem right now is as the game goes on and the Celtics make a run in the second half, Kobe trusts his teammates less and less and less. And that’s a big problem for the...

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