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06/02/2010 - 4:28pm
Ortiz, Lester AL Player and Pitcher of month

On Wednesday, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and starting pitcher Jon Lester were named the American League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of May.

 

Ortiz bounced back from a slow April to produce a brilliant May, hitting .363 (29-80) with four doubles, 10 home runs, 16 runs scored and 27 RBI. His .788 slugging percentage was the best among all Major League players in May, the second month in his career that saw Ortiz notch at least 10 homers, 25 RBI and a .350 batting average (June, 2004.) It is the fourth Player of the Month award for Ortiz, and his first since September 2007.

 

Lester was a perfect 5-0 in May with an ERA of just 1.84. His 45 strikeouts in 44.0 innings pitched topped all Major League pitchers for the month. It is Lester's third Pitcher of the Month honor, his last coming in September of 2008.

 

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06/02/2010 - 4:03pm
Scal on Perkins: 'He won't' pick up 7th T

Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine was a guest of the Big Show on Wednesday. Scalabrine was asked about Kendrick Perkins and the possibility that he would pick up a seventh postseason technical during the NBA finals, which would result in an automatic one-game suspension. 

 

"He won't, he won't, " Scalabrine said. "I like Kendrick Perkins when he has a calm mind. If he has that thing on his mind like 'listen, I gotta remain calm, I gotta remain calm, I gotta remain calm' I think that he plays at another level. I think he finishes better, everything isn't so power-heavy, he uses a little more finesse at the offesnsive end, which I always think would be good for him. Those technicals are never a good thing. He's going to get tangled up with guys and at that point he's got to keep his cool. I think he will do that. I think he knows what's at stake here."

 

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06/02/2010 - 3:48pm
Encouraging news for Cameron

Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron received an encouraging medical report from a specialist who examined his abdomen on Wednesday morning. While the 37-year-old had been experiencing discomfort in the left side of his abdomen (the opposite side from the area where he endured the tear that landed him on the disabled list in April), the doctor with whom he met on Wednesday informed him that he is not dealing with a tear in a different area.

 

"Good update," said manager Terry Francona. "We ruled out any of the things that happened on the other side. There’s certainly some inflammation. It’s actually kind of deep. I think Cam feels a lot better knowing that, when this subsides, and it already is, to the point where he can do everything he wants, he’s not going to hurt himself. Already, you see a little different look in his eyes. That was really good news."

 

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06/02/2010 - 3:41pm
Sox slowing down Beckett's rehab

The Red Sox will not allow injured starter Josh Beckett to start throwing for about 10 days, according to manager Terry Francona, out of concern that his back discomfort could create other mechanical issues or injuries. Beckett has been out since May 12 due to what the team is describing as a lower back strain. But the team became considered when he ran into difficulties repeating his delivery in a bullpen session on Friday, resulting in the decision to further slow down his rehab.

 

"We’re going to slow him down a little bit. By that, probably, I don’t know if we’re going to have a firm timetable, but probably about 10 days," said Francona. "We lean on this guy too much, or we need to. So until we can completely get back where he’s going through his delivery, we’re going to make him take it easy. I think he understands it. I don’t think he probably loves it. I think he realizes this is...

06/02/2010 - 1:48pm
Report: 'Disconnect' with Brady, Pats on deal

When it comes to a new deal for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports! writes today “there’s a growing sense of disconnect” between the quarterback and the franchise.

Silver says, “three months before the start of the 2010 campaign, and less than two months before training camp, there have been no substantial talks between his agents (Don Yee and Steve Dubin) and the Pats’ front office, and there’s a growing sense of disconnect between the two camps.”

Both sides have maintained mostly radio silence on this issue. Brady, who is in the final year of a five-year contract he signed in 2005, has politely declined to comment when he's been asked about the contract. Meanwhile, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was vague last week when he was asked about the contract situations that surround Brady and Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins.

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