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03/27/2010 - 8:25pm
Report: Beckett offered just 4 yrs

According to ESPN.com, the Red Sox won't offer pitcher Josh Beckett a contract extension of more than four years. The report, which cited a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations, suggested that the Red Sox have concerns about Beckett's shoulder that have led them to cap their offer at four years. While the Sox signed John Lackey to a five-year, $82.5 million deal this offseason, the club's chief health concern was with Lackey's elbow, rather than his shoulder.

 

WEEI.com reported in February that Beckett's shoulder might prevent his contract negotiations from taking the same shape as Lackey's, even though the two have nearly identical career statistics....

03/27/2010 - 7:06pm
Butler going home to Final Four

Butler outscored Kansas State, 9-2, in the final 3:09 of their Elite Eight contest in Salt Lake City to reach the Final Four for the first time in school history. Butler's 63-56 victory allowed the team to advance out of the West Regional bracket and gives the Horizon Conference champion the opportunity to play in the Final Four in Indianapolis, just a few miles from its home campus.

 

The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (32-4) were led by Gordon Hayward's 22 points. The team is now 32-4 on the season.

 

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03/27/2010 - 6:58pm
Hermida suffers hamstring tweak

Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida left Saturday's contest against the Orioles due to tightness in his right hamstring. Hermida singled in his only at-bat of the day. He is now hitting .447 with a .462 OBP and .632 slugging mark this spring.

 

Neither the outfielder nor the Sox seemed to think that the injury was significant, but the team wanted to take a conservative approach by removing Hermida from the game rather than risking a more significant injury.

 

"I don't think it was anything. It just didn't seem like a good thing to keep him in the game," Francona told reporters. "He said, 'I feel it,' and I said, 'That's enough.'"


03/27/2010 - 6:54pm
Embree struggles against Orioles

Left-handed pitcher Alan Embree, who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox last weekend, struggled in his first outing against major league hitters this spring. He allowed three runs while recording just two outs, permitting two hits and a walk.

 

"I think you have back up and realize it's his first time out," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "Everybody else has been down here for a while and they look like it. The ball came out of his hand OK ... We've just got to get some reps under his belt."

 

Embree had pitched a scoreless inning in a minor league game earlier in the week. He has an April 15 opt-out date in his contract, something that will permit him to continue building up his arm strength in the minors (if necessary) after the start of the regular season.

 

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03/27/2010 - 3:33pm
On fire: B's douse Flames

The Bruins snapped an 0-for-22 power play drought by scoring on their first three chances and Tim Thomas recorded his 17th career shutout in a 5-0 matinee win over the Calgary Flames at TD Garden. Dennis Seidenberg scored on the power play in the first and David Krejci and Zdeno Chara added second-period goals on the man advantage as the Bruins were never threatened. Thomas stopped all 31 shots he faced in registering his fifth shutout this season. The Bruins finish their three-game homestand with a game against Buffalo on Monday night and have eight games remaining in the season. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog


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