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02/23/2012 - 5:36pm
Brewers' Braun has suspension overturned

National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun had his 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug as defined by Major League Baseball overturned on appeal.

MLB disagreed with the decision.

"Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the joint drug prevention and treatment program essential to the integrity of our game, our clubs and all of the players who take the field," executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred said in a statement. "It has always been Major League Baseball’s position that no matter who tests positive, we will exhaust all avenues in pursuit of the appropriate discipline. We have been true to that position in every instance, because baseball fans deserve nothing less.

"As a part of our drug testing program, the commissioner’s office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third party review for instances that are under dispute....

02/23/2012 - 2:30pm
Bobby V: Sox rotation OK without Oswalt

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Amidst reports that right-hander Roy Oswalt may sit out until midseason before signing with a team, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine acknowledged that while there would have been some greater security to be gleaned by signing the veteran, that Oswalt comes with his own question marks. That being the case, Valentine remained comfortable with the idea of having a large group of potential starters (Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Carlos Silva, Vicente Padilla, Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront, Andrew Miller) compete for the final two spots in the rotation.

"I would just think that history is a great teacher. Recent history showed me that the team that won our division last year had no fourth and fifth starter coming into spring training last year," Valentine said, referring to a 2011 Yankees team that had an open spring training competition for the back of the rotation that yielded Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, both of whom proved...

02/23/2012 - 10:23am
Bard: 'Hard not to notice' starters' money

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard, in a conversation on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning, discussed his move from the bullpen to the rotation. Bard suggested that, while he is a different personality type from former Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon (he agreed with the assessment that he is "sane"), he embraced being a reliever. At the same time, he thinks that unlike Papelbon, his personality also lends itself to the five-day routine of starting.

"I love being in the bullpen. I think, in a different way from Pap, it fits my personality. I love the everyday aspect of it," said Bard. "I do think I can mold that into being a starting pitcher, too. I just haven’t done it in four years."

Bard said that he told Sox manager Bobby Valentine in their first conversation that he wanted to start or close. The prospect of starting appeals on many levels, acknowledging that the lifestyle of starters...

02/23/2012 - 10:03am
Jenks: Life-threatening 'error' in surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Standing in his locker in the Red Sox clubhouse Thursday morning, Bobby Jenks detailed his offseason back surgery that he said resulted in a life-threatening spinal condition. Jenks had surgery on Dec. 12 at Mass General in Boston after recovering from a pulmonary embolism in his lung. 

"With the whole blood clot issue last year, I couldn't have the surgery until December," Jenks said. "All the way up until that point, I was basically doing nothing but cardio and trying to get myself as strong as possible going into the surgery. I had the surgery on the 12th of December. It didn't go that great. I had to have an emergency surgery on the 30th to correct what happened in the prior surgery. [Doctors] went in and had that fixed and [I have] been pretty much laid up the last two months.

"I don't know whose fault it was but there was an error done inside. When I went in [for consultation], we had talked about...

02/23/2012 - 9:28am
Bobby V: 'Crawford will not be a problem'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Valentine was asked about Carl Crawford, who struggled mightily in his first season with the Sox and has made news this week with his stated desire to hit higher in the batting order. Crawford spent much of 2011 batting sixth or seventh in the lineup for manager Terry Francona.

"Carl Crawford will not be a problem," Valentine said. "He's going to be a major contributor to the 2012 version of our team. Wherever he's hitting in our lineup, he'll be a major contributor to our team."

Valentine was asked where he would predict this Sox team would finish if he still worked as an analyst at ESPN. Expected by many if not most to win the AL East last season, the Sox are viewed by some experts as a likely third-place choice in the division in 2012.

"I would say that I would want to say what this team is...

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