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03/22/2010 - 3:43pm
Lackey continues sharp spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey, in his fourth start of the spring, threw five innings in a minor league camp game. Facing an array of Sox minor leaguers (mostly from the Double A and Triple A ranks), Lackey allowed one run on three hits while striking out six and walking none. He still has yet to give up a walk this spring, though he did permit his first run on a homer to left by minor leaguer Daniel Nava.

 

"Got one out of the way," Lackey joked.

 

Lackey threw 68 pitches, 46 strikes. He said that his buildup this spring has been more gradual than in previous years, but that he wanted to scale back his spring workload somewhat after having started each of the last two seasons on the disabled list.He incorporated more sliders than he had to this point of the spring, and was able to use the pitch to record a couple of his punchouts.

 

"I was more happy with my breaking stuff...

03/22/2010 - 2:42pm
Pierce nets Player of the Week honor

Paul Pierce has been named the Eastern Confernce Player of the Week today. He averaged 24.8 points in just 26.3 minutes per game in wins over Detroit, New York, Houston and Dallas last week. The Celtics captain also shot 63 percent from the field in the four victories. Pau Gasol of the Lakers was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.


03/22/2010 - 1:48pm
Bergeron to visit Brown in Atlanta

Bruins' center Patrice Bergeron said after practice on Monday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington that he plans on visiting Matt Brown, a Norwood High Hockey player that who broke his neck in a game in January when the team plays in Atlanta on Tuesday. Brown is undergoing treatment at the Shepard Center for Rehabilitation in Atlanta. Bergeron said he understands Brown's situation after having dealt with significant hockey-related concussions over the past two seasons.

 

"I have been through similar stuff and I know it is tough to sometimes stay positive," Bergeron said. "You get frustrated. It is something that I want to share with him and I am excited to go see him, him and his family. We prepared a little bag of stuff to remind him about Boston a little bit. Some movies, some stuff different professional teams in Boston, some clam chowder and stuff like that. I hope he is going to like it and it is going to be fun to first meet...

03/22/2010 - 11:56am
Report: Mankins avoiding workouts

According to a Boston.com report, Patriots' Pro Bowl offense lineman Logan Mankins is steering clear of the start of the offseason program. Mankins, who was tendered at the first- and third-round level in February, is apparently avoiding workouts in Foxboro until there until there is some significant movement on his contract situation. In accordance with the restricted free agent system, Mankins was offered the one-year, $3.268 million deal — however, since Mankins hasn't signed the tender and isn't under contract, he's not obligated to show up for any of the team's offseason activities. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


03/22/2010 - 10:28am
Kraft wants Brady in Foxboro

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he wants to keep Tom Brady around for a long time, although he admitted that he would have preferred that Brady was in Foxboro instead of Southern California as the team begins voluntary workouts. According to CSNNE's Tom Curran, during a breakfast with Boston media members at the owners meetings in Orlando, Kraft said: "Would I prefer he be here in the offseason? Yes. To me, he is the most complete, special leader in the NFL. Would we be better as a team if he was here the entire time between now and the start of training camp? [Yes.]" Added Kraft: "It wouldn't surprise me if he was [in Foxboro] by the end of the meetings."

 

As for the team's efforts to sign its quarterback to a contract extension, Kraft said: "Tom Brady will be part of this franchise. He wants to be. We want him to be. Great things happen if you're flexible, not rigid. We're not sleeping [on getting a new contract...

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