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07/08/2010 - 11:35am
Maddon: Beltre 'not as free on defense'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A lot was made of the comments made by Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier regarding Adrian Beltre’s defense.

 

When describing the third baseman, Maddon told Speier, ““[Beltre is] clearly the best [third baseman] I’ve ever seen in person. I think [Evan Longoria] is good, I used to think Scott Brosius was really good. … [Eric] Chavez was good, but Beltre was stupid good. I think Beltre is the best who I’ve ever seen with my two eyes – defender, not just third baseman, but defense.”

 

Now, with Beltre leading all major league third basemen in errors after making his 14th of the season, Wednesday night, Maddon offered his analysis of the 31-year-old.

 

“A little bit. I don...

07/08/2010 - 11:03am
Krejci: One more month of rehab
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Injured Bruins center David Krejci told reporters Thursday that he plans to be ready for training camp upon getting screws removed from his wrist in a month. Out since the beginning of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Krejci has frequented Ristuccia Arena as he continues to recover.

 

"I've been doing rehab for the past month and it's going good so far, so hopefully it will go that way," Krejci said. "I'm going to have surgery in [four weeks] to take the screws out and after that I should be able to go on the ice and start lifting much heavier weights than I'm used to right now.

 

"I'm really excited," he later added. "It feels pretty good right now but it's not 100 percent."

 

Krejci had surgery on the wrist in early May and began his rehab a month ago. He plans on being ready after another month. For more on the Bruins, go to...

07/08/2010 - 10:12am
Source: Bruins, Stuart 'very close'
By: DJ Bean

A source has told WEEI.com that the Bruins and restricted free agent Mark Stuart are "very close" to reaching a one-year deal. Stuart recently chose against filing for arbitration, as he felt comfortable enough that he would be able to come to agreement with the Bruins. 

 

In 56 games this past season, the defenseman had two goals, five assists and racked up 80 penalty minutes. He set a career high in points in the 2008-2009 season with 17. For more on the Bruins, go to weei.com/Bruins.


07/08/2010 - 7:39am
Mannix on D&C: Heat not a lock for LeBron

Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and expressed caution about reports of LeBron James deciding to sign with the Heat.

 

"I can't define somebody as being in the driver's seat because it's just too close," Mannix said, noting that there has been a "campaign of misinformation" coming out of the LeBron camp in an effort to build up the hype leading to Thursday night's ESPN special, something Mannix termed a "self-indulgent, ridiculous announcement."

 

Mannix said he thinks the Knicks and Nets are out of the running, but the Cavaliers and Bulls still have a shot. "Right now, momentum is building for a short-term deal in Cleveland," he said.

 

Mannix also said that even if James does join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, the Heat aren't necessarily the favorite to win a title. "Even if those...

07/08/2010 - 7:12am
Mashup: LeBron takes hit for ego

LeBron James might be comfortable putting himself front and center Thursday night on ESPN as he announces his free agent decision in a prime-time special, but there is a growing contingent that is turning on him for the display of arrogance. Check out Thursday's Morning Mashup for a roundup of stories criticizing King James, along with videos, trivia and more.


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