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04/23/2010 - 6:07pm
Patriots select Gronkowski at No. 42
By: DJ Bean

 The Patriots traded up two spots with the Raiders, going from No. 44 to No. 42 to select Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski. The junior missed all of last year due to back surgery but had 10 touchdowns as a sophomore and is believed by many to be the most complete tight end in the draft. For more on Gronkowski and and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog. 


04/23/2010 - 5:52pm
Stern checks in before Celts-Heat

NBA Commissioner David Stern is making the playoff rounds and he is in Miami tonight. On Thursday, Stern laid down law regarding coaches calling out officials in post-game press conferences. He reiterated that message before Game 3. "Some coaches are better than others at that and Doc [Rivers] has elevated it to an art form," Stern said. "He may wrap it in some high-flown language, but you can’t have 30 coaches doing that." Stern also had harsh words for Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy who called for the league to have back-to-back games in the playoffs. "I’ve got a coach with some time on his hands who think we should have back to backs," Stern said. "Well, he should have his owner call me and if he doesn’t want his owner to call me then he should be quiet."


04/23/2010 - 5:06pm
Ortiz on pinch-hit: 'It was just embarrassing'

Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series opening game with the Orioles, Friday night at Fenway Park, David Ortiz called being pinch-hit for Tuesday as "embarrassing" although he didn't blame Sox manager Terry Francona. The move by Francona to pinch-hit Mike Lowell for Ortiz came in the seventh inning with lefty Darren Oliver on the mound, marking the first time the manager had ever pinch-hit for Ortiz in a meaningful situation since Francona took over in 2004.

 

"It was just embarrassing, getting pinch-hit for," Ortiz said. "I understand. I'm not swinging the bat good, with a lefty and whatever. I've got to come through and do my thing and get that out of people's heads. When I'm swinging the bat good that's not going to happen. Basically it was a wake-up call to say, 'You better start hitting or you're going to get pinch-hit for.'

 

"You saw my reaction. I just came back tot he dugout. Of course,...

04/23/2010 - 3:50pm
Gammons: Red Sox should get Snyder

NESN analyst and Hall of Famer Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Big Show to discuss the state of the Red Sox. The Sox will open up a three-game series at Fenway against the Baltimore Orioles Friday night after taking two out of three from the Texas Rangers. With the Yankees and Rays opening up the season with great starts, the Red Sox need to capitalize against weaker opponents if they want to stay in the race in the AL East. In order to do that, Gammons said that the starting pitching will need to be significantly better than it has been. "Their starters are last in the American League in ERA, quality starts, wins—if that doesn't change dramatically they are not going to catch the Rays or Yankees," he said.

Gammons was asked if Daisuke Matsuzaka will be ready to help the rotation. "I don't know,' he said. "I know that when he had the shutouts in the first two starts, he was okay—89-91 mph with an...

04/23/2010 - 3:18pm
Daisuke to make first start in Baltimore

Speaking to the media prior to his team's series opener against the Orioles Friday at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Daisuke Matsuzaka will throw a simulated game Monday in Toronto in preparation of making his first start of the season in Baltimore in the Sox' weekend series against the O's. Francona wouldn't discuss reports that Tim Wakefield will be moving to the bullpen once Matsuzaka is inserted into the rotation. Wakefield is scheduled to make his regularly-slated start Sunday against the Orioles at Fenway. Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester will pitch for the Red Sox against the Blue Jays next week in Toronto. Matsuzaka's simulated game in Toronto will include getting up and down at least four times.


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