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03/09/2012 - 1:13pm
Ference, Paille still day-to-day for Bruins
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Forward Daniel Paille (upper body) and defenseman Andrew Ference (lower body) were both present as the Bruins held an optional practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena. Ference has missed the last four games for the B's, while Paille has been out for the last three. 

After the practice, B's coach Claude Julien said both players remain day-to-day, and that they could potentially play Saturday vs. the Capitals. 

"To be honest with you, [I'm] not sure," Julien said of their statuses. "I know that they're day-to-day. … I would still have to look at where they are tomorrow morning and decide whether to put them out in the warmup and make that decision or now." 

Nine forwards, six defensemen and one goalie took part in the optional skate. Missing from the practice were Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Tim Thomas and Julien. The coach said that Marchand...

03/09/2012 - 12:21pm
Red Sox agree with Melancon, 15 others

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced that they had reached agreements on contracts for the 2012 season with all 16 of their players who are on the 40-man roster but not yet arbitration eligible. Notable players among the group include reliever Mark Melancon, who was acquired in a trade with the Astros in December, left-hander Felix Doubront (who is competing for a spot in the rotation) and outfielder Darnell McDonald.

The entire group of players who agreed to deals is:

PITCHERS

RHP Michael Bowden
LHP Drake Britton
RHP Chris Carpenter
LHP Felix Doubront
RHP Mark Melancon
RHP Clayton Mortensen
RHP Stolmy Pimentel
RHP Junichi Tazawa

CATCHERS

Luis Exposito
Ryan Lavarnway

INFIELDERS

1B Lars Anderson
3B Will Middlebrooks
2B Oscar Tejeda

OUTFIELDERS

Ryan Kalish
Che-Hsuan Lin
Darnell McDonald

For complete...

03/09/2012 - 12:13pm
WR Lloyd still 'very interested' in Patriots

Veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, a free agent who last month expressed an interest in reuniting with Josh McDaniels in New England, again discussed his admiration for the Patriots and said he was “very interested” in talking about joining the team.

“Like I said earlier, I admire coach Bill [Belichick], I admire Tom Brady, I admire how they run things over there,” Lloyd told CSNNE’s Tom Curran Thursday. “For any receiver to be considered to come in and play on the New England Patriots is going to be excited just because of the history of success.”

Lloyd, who played for McDaniels with the Broncos and Rams before McDaniels agreed to return to New England as offensive coordinator, said money will not be the only factor in his decision to sign with a team.

“Winning is definitely the highest priority,” he said. “I’ve been in the league for 10 years now and I don’t look at...

03/09/2012 - 11:39am
Gammons on M&M: Iglesias isn't ready

MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to discuss topics of interest surrounding the Red Sox.

Jose Iglesias has been turning heads with his play at shortstop in spring training, but Gammons said the young Cuban needs more seasoning in the minor leagues.

"It may be three months or whatever, but I think he does need those at-bats in the minors," Gammons said. "What's he started, 160 [actually 171] games in the minor leagues? That's the equivalent of one season. He's still a ways away in terms of getting the experience and seeing the balls out of pitcher's hands to recognize breaking balls."

Asked if Iglesias would rank as the best defensive shortstop in the major leagues if he started with the Sox on Opening Day, Gammons said: "Very close to it."

Gammons said Iglesias has shown a great deal of maturity for a 22-year-old.

"He comes from a very highly...

03/09/2012 - 7:54am
Papelbon: Philly fans 'know the game better'

Jonathan Papelbon, in an interview Thursday with CBS Radio in Philadelphia, was asked about the difference between the fans of the Phillies and the Red Sox.

“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Papelbon said.  “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played."

Papelbon -- who signed a $50 million contract with the Phillies in November -- was asked if he had excepted to remain with the Red Sox at the start of last offseason.

“It was a situation where the Red Sox didn’t really come at me the way I was expecting them to come at me in the off-season," Papelbon said. "And I told my agent that the first team that shows me interest and shows me loyalty, I’m going to show that right back to them, and that was Philadelphia...

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