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07/07/2011 - 5:10pm
Hall of Famer Dick Williams dead at 82

Dick Williams - the man who managed the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox of 1967 - died Thursday at his Las Vegas home of a brain aneurysm. He was 82.

Williams also led the Oakland A’s to two of their three 1970s World Series titles and led the 1984 Padres to their first-ever National League pennant.

In 21 years of managing, Williams compliled a record of 1571-1451 and earned a place in Cooperstown by making a career of turning losers into winners. He took a ninth-place Red Sox team in 1966 and led them to 92 wins, 20 more than the previous season. The Red Sox came within one win of capturing the '67 World Series, losing 4-3 to St. Louis. He was the legendary manager of the A's, leading them to World Series victories over the Reds and Mets. He was also at the helm of the Angels, Expos and Mariners, where he was fired 56 games into the 1988 season. 

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07/07/2011 - 4:55pm
Francona: 'Have ideas' for Sunday starter

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Thursday that the team is still mulling its options for a possible starter to take the place of Jon Lester on Sunday afternoon in the pre-All Star break finale against the Orioles at Fenway Park. Lester was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a strained left lat. 

"We'll get there," Francona said. "There's just no need for us to do something premature. We'll see how we get through the week. We have certainly some ideas and some things to throw around, which we have. We'll have an announcement when we feel like it, when we think it's appropriate."

Among the candidates to take Lester's spot are Kyle Weiland, who earned a victory on Monday for Triple-A Pawtucket and Kevin Millwood, who last pitched on Sunday for the Paw Sox. The Red Sox have had the fortune of having organizational pitching depth to fill the void left by injuries to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz as Tim...

07/07/2011 - 4:45pm
Hamilton: No pressure to rush to NHL
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton is the second blue-chip NHL draft prospect in as many years to highlight the Bruins' annual development camp, as he was the star at Ristuccia Arena Thursday, a year after Tyler Seguin came in as the No. 2 overall pick last summer. Unlike Seguin a year ago, Hamilton is not expected to make the NHL roster this season, and figures to head back to Niagara of the OHL for a third season. The Bruins' defensive group is already more than full, with Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski a likely training camp battle for the seventh spot. Given where the Bruins sit in the NHL and their defensive situation, Hamilton doesn't figure to be overwhelmed with trying to force his way in.

"I don't think there's really any pressure," Hamilton said Thursday at Ristuccia. "I want to be an NHL player, and I'm working as hard as I can to make that happen. I think whatever the staff wants to do with me, and...

07/07/2011 - 3:29pm
Lineup: Sox go lefty-heavy vs. Arrieta

Six of the nine Red Sox starting battters will hit from the left side of the plate in Thursday's series opener against the Orioles and their righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. Lefties J.D. Drew and Josh Reddick will take the corner outfield spots in right and left respectively while Adrian Gonzalez returns to first base after sitting out his first game of the 2011 season in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays. Switch-hitting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will catch starter Andrew Miller for the third time out of the southpaw's four big-league starts this season.

Although lefties are hitting just .224 against Arrieta, their .761 OPS bests the righties' .706 mark by a longshot, mostly because of Arrieta's inability to keep left-handed hitters off the basepaths (30 walks to LHB vs. 14 to RHB). 

Here's the complete Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

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07/07/2011 - 12:55pm
Pietrus: Celtics interested in me

According to French newspaper L’Équipe, Suns swingman Mickael Pietrus is claiming the C’s are interested in him.

"Phoenix didn’t use me, but that’s their problem," Pietrus said. "I’m going to continue working. The only thing I care about is winning a title. … A lot of teams are interested in me, like the Lakers or the Celtics. This came from the best player in the world: Kobe Bryant. He told me two months ago that he would like to see me with the Lakers."

Pietrus is slated to make $5.3 million from the Suns next season, so his relocation would require a trade. If such a trade were to involve the Celtics, they would have to either sign and trade Glen Davis or another player packaged with their $2.4 million trade exception.

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