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06/16/2010 - 8:50pm
Sox announce signing of 10 draft picks

The Red Sox announced the signings of 10 draft picks, including top selection Kolbrin Vitek (1st round, No. 20 overall) and their second pick, Bryce Brentz (supplemental first round, No. 36). Both players signed for the Major League Baseball slot recommendations. Vitek will get a bonus of $1.359 million, while Brentz will receive $889,200. Those two players will both be on the Lowell Spinners roster.

 

For details of all 10 picks, click here.


06/16/2010 - 8:38pm
Ray: 'I take sole credit' for Game 6

LOS ANGELES -- Ray Allen took the blame for the bench not scoring a single point through three quarters on Tuesday in an 89-67 loss to the Lakers in Game 6 at Staples Center. The Celtics' bench was outscored 24-0 through three periods as the Lakers built a 25-point lead. 

 

"I take sole credit in the starting five for that because as the starters we didn't set a good precedent," Allen said Wednesday. "It's on us me, Rondo, Kevin, Paul sitting right there, that's the guys. You can look around at the guys coming off the bench or our coaching staff, but we've got to start the game on parallel, like getting back on defense, moving the ball on offense. Those are things that we have to do."

 

For more, including video from Wednesday, visit the Green Street blog. 


06/16/2010 - 7:49pm
Odom: Game 7 will be 'historic'

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to overcome history and beat the Celtics in a seventh and deciding game on Thursday night at Staples Center. And several of the Lakers spoke about that opportunity Wednesday in Los Angeles on the day off between Games 6 and 7. 

 

"Historic, especially when you're talking about these organizations and these teams, what they stand for, the pride," Lamar Odom said. "This is what you envisioned when you were a kid playing in your backyard. This was what it was all about."

 

The Celtics are perfect against the Lakers in four previous Game 7s, winning most recently in 1984. The Lakers earned the right to have Game 7 on their home court because they won 57 games while the Celtics won 50 during the regular season. 

 

"We won a lot of games to have this game, and the way things worked out with us, we had a better record in the...

06/16/2010 - 6:56pm
Iglesias has occult fracture in finger

According to Red Sox farm director Mike Hazen, a CT scan on Wednesday revealed that Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias, who was hit by a pitch on the right hand on May 29, suffered an occult fracture of the right index finger. An occult fracture is one that cannot be identified by X-rays, but that can be found instead once evidence of healing becomes available. In Iglesias' case, the healing of the injury has begun, and so the fracture could be identified.

 

Initially, the Sox anticipated that Iglesias -- who is playing for Double-A Portland -- would be sidelined for no more than a few days, but when the injury lingered beyond expectations, the further tests were ordered, leading to the discovery of the fracture. The injury affects Iglesias most when he attempts to throw the ball; obviously, given that the injury is to his right hand, he can field without any issue. He had also been hitting, but the Sox will have him take a break from doing so in...

06/16/2010 - 5:30pm
Brady weighs in on 18-game season

Via a press release from the National Football League Players Association, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady weighed in with his thoughts on a possible 18-game season today, a slate described by league officials as an “enhanced” season. Brady, who is the Patriots alternate union rep, was quoted, as well as Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, and both talk about the potential dangers associated with going to an 18-game regular season.

“I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games,” writes Brady. “The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well-documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years’ or post-career health care. Our union has done a great job of raising the awareness on these issues and will make the right decision for us players, the game and the fans.”

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