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03/25/2010 - 10:59am
Francona hints at Opening Day starter

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager Terry Francona still hasn’t named Josh Beckett as his team’s Opening Day starter, but he came pretty close Thursday morning. When asked about who the team will be taking to play in Washington for the exhibition game against the Nationals the day before the season opener against the Yankees, Francona said, “Everybody will go with us. I think even Beckett.” Then asked if he wanted to make an announcement since it the tabbing of Beckett to open the season had just been insinuated, the manager still declined.

 

Francona’s reason for holding off on publicly announcing an Opening Day starter is that he wants to present the entire schedule of starters to begin the season, and, according to the manager, the team isn’t ready make that call yet. “We just don’t know,” he said. “When we announce them we want our guys to know and understand...

03/25/2010 - 10:41am
Bruins recall center Whitfield

The Bruins announced on Thursday morning that the team has recalled center Trent Whitfield from Providence. The 32-year-old center was last recalled by the team on March 18 and last played for Boston on Jan. 24 against the Hurricanes. He has played in 14 games for the Bruins this season, registering one assist. Whitfield will likely replace Vladimir Sobotka in the Bruins lineup who sustained an injury after a hard check into the boards Tuesday in Atlanta and who general manager Peter Chiarelli called "doubtful" on Wednesday.

 

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03/25/2010 - 10:13am
Lowell: No pressure to impress

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With a flurry of analysis coming from scouts each time Mike Lowell takes the field for a spring training game, most everybody is waiting and wondering as to what will be the perception of Lowell's game by the time the regular season comes around.

 

The scouts clearly have had their opinions. So does Lowell feel an obligation to impress?

 

"It depends to who," Lowell said. "To myself, absolutely not. To the Red Sox, they might think so, I don't. To other teams? I guess if they're trying to do something they might want to see it but I don't focus on that. In '07 we went to Philadelphia for the exhibition game and I think I was hitting .060. Francona was actually laughing at me when they put the stats up and I had the best year of my career.

 

"If the scouts are watching and they say 'X' it's in one ear and out the other. If I was a rookie it would be totally different...

03/25/2010 - 9:36am
J. Kraft: Pats 'materially better'

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and discussed the team's recent maneuverings. "I don't think the offseason is over," Kraft said. "I think we're definitely more secure in the core unit of our team. ... We had a number of people on our team who were priorities, and we've taken care of them, which I think leads us to believe we're in a better place. ... I think we are on our way to having a materially better team than we did at the end of last season."

 

Kraft said the Patriots are in good position to make some key additions to the roster, starting with a deep draft for which the team is stocked with a dozen picks. "We always felt that this draft would be a huge draft," he said, noting the labor uncertainty has led to more quality collegians declaring early. Additionally, Kraft added, "I think between June and the start of the season, you...

03/25/2010 - 8:58am
Daisuke set for spring debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his first spring appearance in a Grapefruit League contest on Thursday. He is slated to throw two innings against the Florida Marlins. He will pitch in relief of starter Tim Wakefield, who is making his fifth start of the spring.

 

Matsuzaka threw two scoreless innings in a minor league outing on Sunday. To see that performance, click here.


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