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06/08/2010 - 7:59pm
Gruden: 'Celtics in six'

ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden visited the Celtics locker room about an hour before tipoff of Game 3 of the NBA finals. Gruden, a self-confessed "diehard Celtics fan," was asked for his prediction for the series.

 

"Celtics in six," said the winning coach of Super Bowl XXXVII. "No disrespect to the Lakers, but the Celtics are the tougher team. Rondo is like a quarterback out there."

 

Gruden was asked by WEEI.com for his thoughts on the Tom Brady contract situation.

 

"They'll sign him, what would you do?" asked Gruden. "Come on, who are they going to play? This is Tom Brady we're talking about. Not a lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks out there."

 

For more Celtics news check out the Green Street Blog.

 

 


06/08/2010 - 7:44pm
Source: Sox' 2nd pick to sign for $890K

According to a baseball source, outfielder Bryce Brentz, whom the Red Sox selected with their second pick of the 2010 draft (No. 36 overall), has informed the team that he will sign for the Major League Baseball recommended slot bonus. The amount of the bonus is approximately $890,000. A year ago, the No. 36 overall pick (college pitcher Aaron Miller) signed for $889,200 with the Dodgers.

 

Brentz led the NCAA in homers (28) as a sophomore, before struggling at times while dealing with a hairline fracture (described by some as a high ankle sprain) as a junior. Still, he ended the year hitting 15 homers, and after drafting him on Monday, Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye said that Brentz has "light tower power." 

 

For more on the Sox' first day of the draft,...

06/08/2010 - 4:37pm
Sox notes: Ellsbury getting second opinion
By: DJ Bean

Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is leaving the team to fly to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his broken ribs from Dr. Lewis Yocum. Ellsbury has played in only nine games this season thanks to a hard collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre on April 11 in Kansas City. The outfielder will not join the team in Cleveland following the evaluation and will instead return to Boston.

 

Meanwhile, closer Jonathan Papelbon, placed on the family leave/bereavement list on Monday, spoke with manager Terry Francona on Tuesday and worked out at Fenway Park. It is unknown whether Papelbon will join the Sox in Cleveland on Thursday, when he can once again be activated. For more on the Red Sox, check the Full Count blog. 


06/08/2010 - 4:10pm
Lineups: Ortiz batting fifth vs. Huff
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will bat fifth against Cleveland left-hander David Huff (2-6, 6.08 ERA) as the Sox and Indians play their second of four games on Tuesday night. Ortiz has batted fifth just once since May 25, with Victor Martinez commonly hitting in the slot in that period. A night after Daisuke Matsuzaka threw eight shutout innings in a 4-1 win, the Sox send Tim Wakefield to the mound against the 21-35 Indians. 

 

RED SOX

 

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Adrian Beltre, 3B

7. Bill Hall, LF

8. Mike Cameron, CF

9. Darnell McDonald, RF

SP -- Tim Wakefield

For more on the game, including batter/pitcher matchups, check the Full Count...

06/08/2010 - 4:04pm
Pats, Hernandez agree on four-year deal

A league source has confirmed the Patriots and fourth-round pick Aaron Hernandez have agreed on a four-year contract.

A tight end out of Florida who was taken with the 113th overall selection in the NFL draft, Hernandez is the fourth member of New England’s 2010 draft class to sign, joining offensive linemen Ted Larsen and Thomas Welch and wide receiver Taylor Price.

The news was first reported by the Boston Herald.

Hernandez is a 6-foot-2, 250-pound tight end who led Florida in receptions last year with 68 catches for 850 yards and five touchdowns last season. (For his collegiate career, Hernandez had 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.) However, he recently admitted he failed one drug test while at Florida. He released a...

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