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03/22/2010 - 3:57pm
Pats get four extra draft picks

The Patriots were granted four compensatory draft picks Monday afternoon at the NFL Meetings. Based on its free agent movement from last offseason, New England received three extra seventh-round picks and one extra sixth-round selection. The Patriots now have 12 picks in next month's draft. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


03/22/2010 - 3:42pm
Home run heaven: Rays outslug Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and former Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach each belted a pair of home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Red Sox, 11-9, at City of Palms Park on Monday afternoon. The Rays hit a total of seven home runs in the game, including two off starter and loser Boof Bonser and three of Junichi Tazawa with a strong wind blowing out to right all afternoon. Bonser, battling for a roster spot, allowed six hits and five runs, while walking two, striking out two in two-plus innings.

 

Trailing 11-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox rallied with their minor leaguers. Second baseman Ray Chang belted a three-run homer for the Red Sox in the seventh. The Sox added two in the eighth and three more in the ninth and had the winning run at the plate as the game ended.

 

The Red Sox also dropped a game across the state as the St. Louis rallied for seven runs in the eighth for a 13-8 win at...

03/22/2010 - 2:43pm
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 - 1:42pm
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 - 12:48pm
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...

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