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07/07/2012 - 2:43pm
Source: Wolves in talks with Stiemsma

The Timberwolves remain "very serious" about restricted free agent center Greg Stiemsma, according to a league source, despite not making an offer at this point. The Wolves have other free agent business with forward Nic Batum and there cap issues to juggle.

Minnesota has been talking with Stiemsma since free agency began and those talks picked up on Saturday. The 26-year old Stiemsma grabbed the Celtics' backup center job at midseason and emerged as one of the league's most prolific shot blockers. His block percentage of 8.5 percent would have ranked behind only Serge Ibaka if he had played enough minutes to qualify. (For comparison's sake, Stiemsmsa's percentage was also higher than JaVale McGee and DeAndre Jordan's).

The Celtics extended a qualifying offer worth just over $1 million making him a restricted free agent, but they are limited by how much they can match an offer. As a first-year free agent, the Celtics do not have Bird...

07/07/2012 - 11:41am
Buchholz planning to start Saturday in Tampa

 Clay Buchholz said that he feels back to normal after a bout of esophagitis, and plans on making a start in the second game of the Red Sox' three-game series against Tampa Bay after the All-Star break.

Buchholz, who said he has been throwing for "five or six days now," is scheduled to throw for Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday.

"There was only about two days of me not feeling really bad. After that second day I was going uphill," Buchholz said. "Everything was a lot better after that. I felt like I could have been out of the hospital three days before they let me out of the hospital, but all the tests they needed to do is what kept me there.

"I threw a bullpen yesterday. Thinking about doing a couple of innings tomorrow in Pawtucket to see some hitters and be around here for the All-Star break and see if I can do a little sim game. I think they're slating me for that second start in Tampa."


07/07/2012 - 11:27am
Lineup: Ciriaco starts at second for Red Sox

The Red Sox will look to bring the four-game series with the Yankees even in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, matching up Franklin Morales with Freddy Garcia. Garcia, who is 2-2 on the season with a 5.94 ERA, has a 3-1 career record at Fenway Park despite his 5.05 ERA at the ballpark. Mike Aviles is 9-for-16 in his career against Garcia with a home run and two RBIs.

Mauro Gomez is playing third base and batting fifth for the Red Sox in game one with Will Middlebrooks still out with a hamstring injury. Gomez was 2-for-5 with an RBI last night in his fourth career major league game. The RBI was the first of his career. Pedro Ciriaco gets his first start with the Red Sox, filling in for the injured Dustin Pedroia at second.

The following is the Red Sox lineup:

Nava LF

Ciriaco 2B

Ortiz DH

Gonzalez 1B

Gomez 3B

Kalish CF

Aviles SS

Shoppach C

Lillibridge RF


07/07/2012 - 12:34am
Teixeira on Padilla: 'He throws at people'

Mark Teixeira connected for what proved to be the game-winning two-run triple in a four-run seventh Friday night in New York's 10-8 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Afterward, he took an even bigger swing at the man who threw the pitch, Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla, a hurler who has a reputation throughout baseball of throwing at batters.

"Game-winning hits always feel good. But that one definitely felt real good," Teixeira said. "I was making some jokes. I have to kind of get in line. He doesn't have a lot of friends in the game but it was just a big win against an archrival. First game of a long series and we know it's going to be a very tough series so it's good to get this first one.

"He's not going to want to mess around with this at-bat. Almost every at-bat he tries to throw at your head or tries to throw behind you or something screwy. But with first and second and the game on the line, he's not going to do it...

07/06/2012 - 11:10pm
Battered: Beckett, bullpen fall to Yanks

Alex Rodriguez had three hits while Mark Teixeira drove in four, including the go-ahead two-run triple in a four-run seventh as the Yankees handed the Red Sox their fourth straight loss, 10-8, in a slugfest Friday night at Fenway. After moving a season-high five games over .500, the Red Sox are now just one game over break-even at 42-41. 

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was brutal in the first inning, allowing the first five batters to reach, as the Yankees took a 3-0 lead. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wasted little time getting reinforcements ready, despite a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. He had Justin Germano warming in the bullpen before Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez added sacrifice flies to tack on two more runs. The Yankees had a 5-0 lead before Kuroda had thrown a single pitch. Beckett needed 33 pitches to get though the first inning, allowing four hits while hitting a batter. He was booed as he made his way back into the dugout. ...

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