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02/22/2010 - 11:09am
Martinez: I'm not a first baseman

Victor Martinez, who is expected to be the Red Sox' primary catcher this year after splitting 2009 between catching and first base, told WEEI.com's Lou Merloni that he does not agree with suggestions that he is at a point in his career where a transition to first base or DH is likely.

 

“Everything that I’ve done in my career has been done as a catcher,” Martinez told Merloni. “Just because I played a few games at first base doesn’t make me a first baseman.”

 

Martinez acknowledged that his work behind the plate suffered in 2009 while he split time between positions. His footwork and arm action both became issues, resulting in him catching just 11 percent of attempted base stealers after he came to the Sox.

 

Martinez also discussed his preference to remain with the Red Sox following this year. Even so, the free agent-to-be told Merloni that he did not want to discuss a...

02/22/2010 - 10:17am
Beltre: Sox worth 'ring on my finger'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- New Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre arrived in camp on Monday and said signing with Boston in the offseason for the chance to win a World Series was worth giving up a multiyear offer from the Oakland A's. "I haven't been in this situation a lot before," Beltre said. "I've been on teams that have been good but not good enough to even get into the playoffs. It's something that I consider myself taking a little risk to put a ring on my finger." Beltre and David Ortiz were among the players seen in the clubhouse on Monday morning on reporting day for all position players. For more, including audio and video from reporting day in Fort Myers, visit the Full Count blog. 


02/22/2010 - 9:54am
Mashup: Oregon not ducky

After an Oregon football player was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants — becoming the fourth Ducks player arrested in the past month — one of his teammates left an obscenity-laced comment on his Facebook page because he apparently mistakenly thought the arrested player had been kicked off the team. He wasn't, but the player who left the comment was. Read more about the interesting situation there, plus get caught up on the day's top stories — including a couple of impressive NBA comebacks that, unlike the Celtics' game in Denver, ended with victories by the teams that rallied — plus videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


02/21/2010 - 11:11pm
USA hockey shocks Canada

Thirty years after the Miracle on Ice, the United States men's hockey team shocked Canada Sunday night at the Vancouver Olympics, pulling off a 5-3 win over the host country to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Brian Rafalski scored two goals and added an assist, while goaltender Ryan Miller made 42 saves in the win. Click here to read more.


02/21/2010 - 10:01pm
Bode Miller wins gold medal

Bode Miller finally won his elusive gold medal Sunday to complete one of the most unlikely Olympic comebacks ever. Four years after a miserable outing at the Turin Games, the New Hampshire native won the super-combined for his third medal in as many events at Vancouver. Seventh after the morning downhill run, Miller took the gold ahead of Ivica Kostelic of Croatia. Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland claimed bronze.
 


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