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07/05/2012 - 9:13pm
Bard hits two batters, umpire

Daniel Bard, pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket against the Twins' Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, submitted perhaps his worst outing since being sent to the minors after struggling in the Red Sox rotation. Summoned with runners on second and third and none out, Bard retired none of the four batters he faced, hitting one batter, allowing a two-run double to center, hitting a second batter, uncorking two wild pitches and then finally giving up an RBI single. He threw just eight of 20 pitches for strikes. One of his pitches was so high that it tipped off the catcher's mitt and ended up hitting the home plate umpire.

In 13 1/3 innings in the minors, Bard has issued 10 walks, hit six batters and thrown six wild pitches. His Triple-A ERA is 8.78. Opponents have a .435 OBP against him.

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07/05/2012 - 4:17pm
Crawford, Sweeney in Sea Dogs lineup

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jacoby Ellsbury did not make the trip with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs for their Thursday night game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Ellsbury, who is rehabbing from a dislocated right shoulder, has a scheduled day off and tweeted that he’s "looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow."

Carl Crawford and Ryan Sweeney did make the trip, however, and will both start in their respective rehab stints. Crawford will start in left field and bat first in the order while Sweeney will bat third as the designated hitter. Sweeney will be making his first rehab start since injuring the big toe on his left foot that forced him to the 15-day disabled list on June 27.

They’ll both go up against Fisher Cats right-hander Fernando Hernandez. Crawford is 5-for-20 in seven combined games between Portland and the Gulf Coast League since beginning rehab from left wrist surgery.

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07/05/2012 - 3:08pm
Source: Bass re-signs with Celtics

As it turns out, Brandon Bass was the first of the Celtics' three remaining high-priority free agents to come to terms, signing a three-year deal, a league source confirmed. Ray Allen is visiting Miami with the Celtics still in the running, and the C's also are working on a new deal for Jeff Green. Contracts can't be officially signed until July 11. The Boston Herald reported news of the agreement first.

Bass opted out of the final year of his contract that was worth $4.25 million, but after the Celtics were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami, Bass noted how much he enjoyed playing in Boston and that he was hoping to stay. Bass averaged a career-high 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds last season with the Celtics and started 39 games during the regular season and all 20 playoff games.

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07/05/2012 - 1:01pm
Report: Clippers cancel Allen meeting

The Clippers have agreed to terms with veteran guard Jamal Crawford with the mid-level exception and canceled their scheduled meeting with Celtics guard Ray Allen, according to The Los Angeles Times. Allen had been scheduled to meet with the Clippers on Friday after his meeting with the Heat on Thursday. Allen also has been pursued by the Grizzlies and Timberwolves.

With the Clippers off the board, Allen's free agent choice would appear to come down to the Heat and Celtics. Miami can offer only the mini-mid-level -- a contract starting at $3.1 million for up to three years in length -- while the Celtics reportedly have offered Allen a two-year deal at $6 million per season.

Even with free agent Jason Terry on board, the Celtics have remained adamant that they want Allen to return. Contracts can't be signed until July 11.

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07/05/2012 - 11:18am
Olney: Ortiz doesn't have many options
By: DJ Bean

ESPN's Buster Olney joined Lou Merloni and Tom Caron Thursday to discuss the Red Sox and David Ortiz' recent comments that he will not favor the Red Sox on the open market after they "humiliated" last offseason. 

Ortiz, 36, was seeking a two-year deal from the Red Sox, who were unwilling to give him multiple years. Just before his arbitration hearing, the sides agreed on a one-year, $14.575 contract. Olney said that while he understands Ortiz' frustration, he won't find another team to pay him like the Red Sox. 

"I think he's got a place he could go in Toronto, but I think the Blue Jays would have to be convinced that he was going to leave there and he would have to go there at their price," Olney said. "That's the one thing -- and I understand his frustration because he feels like he's done everything and more than the Red Sox could have expected from him in his tenure with the team -- but the bottom line is that...

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