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03/02/2011 - 10:50am
Francona: A-Gon 'ahead of schedule'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez took another 75 swings off a tee and soft toss on Wednesday and is much further ahead of schedule to make his Red Sox game debut in spring training, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.  

 

"Adrian did a total of 75 today," Francona said before the Red Sox game against the Braves at City of Palms. "He did a bunch. He'll have a re-gen day [Thursday] and then he'll get back at it the next day. [He will] probably incorporate a little bit of cage BP, where it'll be tee, soft toss and then some BP in the cage. I think he's definitely ahead of the schedule. He's doing great."

 

Gonzalez has been steadily building strength in his surgically repaired right shoulder, and the team has reported no issues with his progression. Francona stopped short of commiting to a timetable for his first Grapefruit League game. 

 

"Again, it's completely...

03/02/2011 - 10:42am
McShay on D&C: Pats should draft DL

ESPN’s Todd McShay joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning to discuss the NFL scouting combine and April draft.

 

A lot was made of Cam Newton’s performance at the combine. The Auburn quarterback struggled with some of his throws, and he was reportedly caught off guard by a question about why he disobeyed a call for a kneel-down at the end of the national championship game.

 

“I had questions about Cam Newton the individual and the leader and just how his character was going to mesh with an NFL team,” McShay said. “And to be honest with you, I have more questions now than I did when I arrived in Indianapolis. I met with him and I talked to him, and he can be a charismatic guy and he can be funny, but ultimately it comes down to, ‘How do you handle adversity?’

 

“He was great when all the rumors were going around, to departmentalize it and just focus on...

03/02/2011 - 10:06am
Beckett passes test but will miss start

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett, who suffered a mild concussion when hit in the head with a ball during batting practice Monday, passed his physical examination Wednesday morning but will still miss his scheduled start against the Phillies Thursday. Minor leaguer Stolmy Pimentel will replace Beckett as the Red Sox' starter against the Phillies.

 

"He passed his test, which means he's allowed to do some activity. Now, again, they have to monitor his activity," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He'll do some biking and some light throwing and then we'll see how he progresses from there."

 

Beckett told WEEI.com before taking the medical staff's examination that he felt better than Tuesday, after feeling uneasy for some of the day before.

 

Francona explained that if all goes well, the plan is for Beckett to make his next start with the usual four days of rest from the time of his...

03/02/2011 - 8:48am
Manion on D&C: Case against Bonds 'weak'

Boston attorney Harry Manion joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about high-profile cases in the sports world.

 

Former baseball stars Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are facing trials this year. Manion said the cases are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of the players' prospects.

 

"I think the ultimate is that Clemens is going to be convicted and Bonds isn't," he said. "I think the way the cases have proceeded procedurally are dramatically different. Bonds has gotten every ruling, every break, because basically they have a very weak case against him, because the primary witness, the most important person with material information [Bonds' former personal trainer Greg Anderson], took the Fifth. … It's going to be very hard to prove knowledge, that he knowingly lied."

 

Of Clemens, Manion said: "He clearly lied in front of Congress. I don't...

03/02/2011 - 7:51am
Mashup: Most miserable sports cities

Forbes magazine has a list of the top 10 most miserable sports cities in America, which includes factors such as heartbreaking playoff defeats and losing franchises to other cities, Seattle heads the list, followed closely by Atlanta. Phoenix, Buffalo and San Diego round out the top five.

 

Also in the news, Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who does not have a stellar reputation when it comes to his behavior toward minorities, saw his latest attempt at redemption come back to embarrass him with a Black History Month tribute that managed to be offensive to some.

 

Read more about those stories and others, plus check out the latest trick shot video — from a long snapper — at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


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