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03/13/2010 - 4:46pm
Perkins: Cavs better without Shaq

Kendrick Perkins believes the Cavaliers are a better team without Shaquille O'Neal, who has been sidelined since spraining his thumb against the Celtics on February 25. “In my opinion, I think they’re better,” Perkins said after practice on Saturday. “They can run more, you’ve got Anderson Varejao who’s more of an active body, he gets LeBron open a lot, opens up the paint for him, so I think they’re a better team. I mean obviously Shaq could help them, but I think they’re a better, more fast-paced team.” The Celtics will play the Cavs on Sunday in Cleveland. Visit the Green Street Blog for more.


03/13/2010 - 4:05pm
Bogar: Lowell 'a natural' at first

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' spring training game against the Pirates at City of Palms Park, third base/infield coach Tim Bogar said that after working with Mike Lowell for the past few weeks, he has no concerns when Lowell plays first base in the infielder's initial spring training game of the season, Monday against Baltimore. “He’s fine. That transition’s not a problem for him,” Bogar said. “His big thing was working on picking balls in the dirt and footwork stuff. We did that a couple of days. He’s a natural at it. Great hands. Two days we’ve hit him buckets of balls at first base with low throws and stuff. He’s just professional. We had to talk about a couple of technique things, ways he likes to do things and way he doesn’t but other than that he took right to it.” 

 

For more on Lowell's progression at first base -- a position he has only played...

03/13/2010 - 2:54pm
Buchholz takes another step forward

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz turned in three solid innings against the Pirates, Saturday at City of Palms Park, allowing just one hit while throwing 17 of his 28 pitches for strikes. Buchholz, who was making his second outing of spring training, struck out two and walked one. In his first outing of the spring Buchholz had allowed three runs on five hits to Baltimore.

 

"That's the least of my worries right now," Buchholz said regarding worrying about how Matsuzaka's set-back would affect the organization of the pitching staff. "I want to be on this team for the duration of the season. Two and a half months isn't going to mean that much if something happens that I don't do my job and end up in the same spot as last year. I'm going to keep working regardless how many starters there are in line right now and just do the stuff I have to do. Like I said a million times things will take care of themselves...

03/13/2010 - 12:45pm
Stiff neck halts Daisuke's BP session

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka was forced to scratch his scheduled batting practice, in which he was supposed to throw to batters for the first time in spring training, due to a stiff neck. Matsuzaka experienced the stiffness while warming up in bullpen, having thrown just five pitches before stopping. Matsuzaka had been behind schedule due to a back ailment at the outset of camp, but was tentatively scheduled to pitch in his first spring training game Wednesday, at City of Palms Park against the Mets.

 

For what Francona had to say regarding the Matsuzaka setback see the Full Count Blog by clicking here.


03/13/2010 - 12:28am
KG and Pierce 'not feeling' Doc's plan

Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett indicated a strong desire following Friday's game to continue playing and not occasionally sit out games as suggested to them by head coach Doc Rivers earlier in the day. “I’m not really feeling that idea but hey this is the 'Doc Rivers Show' and we are just guests on it," Garnett said. "So whatever he feels is best, you know Paul and I, I think I speak for both of us we don’t really feel that." Before Friday's game, Rivers said one idea for getting Pierce and Garnett into rhythm for the playoffs is giving them more practice time and less time in games or sitting them out altogether. For more, including video, visit the Green Street blog. 


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