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03/14/2010 - 12:25pm
Beckett scratched due to illness

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday afternoon due to illness. Taking the place of the Red Sox starter in the team's game against the Twins across town at Hammond Stadium will be minor leaguer Ryne Miller.

 

Miller is a 24-year-old right-hander who was undrafted and joined the Red Sox in 2007 after playing college ball at Weatherford College. He split 2009 between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. Click here for more on Miller.


03/14/2010 - 10:01am
Iglesias, Kelly, 10 others sent down

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced that they have sent 12 players down to minor league camp. The list included Casey Kelly, Adam Mills, Kyle Weiland, Randor Bierd, Kris Johnson, Robert Manuel, Lars Anderson, Luis Exposito, Jose Iglesias, Yamaico Navarro, Ryan Kalish, and Che-Hsuan Lin. All of the players were re-assigned to minor league camp with the exception of Iglesias, who was optioned to Double A Portland.

 

"Four of those pitchers need to get stretched out and it's not going to happen here," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "All they would be doing is riding the bus, hoping for an inning and that's not fair to them to get ready for their season.

 

"When you talk to Casey Kelly or Ryan Kalish, it's not really a send-down. They're non-roster who made great impressions, and now they can get ready for their season. As you get deeper into camp and guys are competing for jobs those types of...

03/13/2010 - 10:42pm
Canadiens brush back Bruins

The Canadiens created some separation from the Bruins in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 3-2 over Boston at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday night. Sergei Kostitsyn paced the Habs with two goals and Jaroslav Halak took the win with 21 saves. Tuukka Rask got the start for Boston and took the loss with 24 saves. Blake Wheeler scored the Bruins first goal in the second, his 16th of the year. Milan Lucic scored his seventh in the third.

 

To see how the game played out visit the Big Bad Blog.


03/13/2010 - 8:09pm
Westmoreland to have brain surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Top Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland has been diagnosed with a cavernous malformation in his brain (click here for an explanation of the condition) and has taken medical leave from minor league camp to seek treatment. The 19-year-old Westmoreland left minor league camp on March 4. He was diagnosed on March 5, had consultations with three leading experts in the field, and Tuesday will have surgery with Dr. Robert Spetzler of the Barrow Neuological Institute in Phoenix. 

 

"The entire Red Sox organization stands in support of Ryan as he courageously deals with this issue," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said in a statement. "Ryan is a remarkable kid and a talented player, and we understand that many will be concerned about his health. He is getting the best medical attention the world has to offer, and we will have...

03/13/2010 - 4:46pm
Perkins: Cavs better without Shaq

Kendrick Perkins believes the Cavaliers are a better team without Shaquille O'Neal, who has been sidelined since spraining his thumb against the Celtics on February 25. “In my opinion, I think they’re better,” Perkins said after practice on Saturday. “They can run more, you’ve got Anderson Varejao who’s more of an active body, he gets LeBron open a lot, opens up the paint for him, so I think they’re a better team. I mean obviously Shaq could help them, but I think they’re a better, more fast-paced team.” The Celtics will play the Cavs on Sunday in Cleveland. Visit the Green Street Blog for more.


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