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05/26/2010 - 6:51am
LEEInks list: Athletes' position changes

With the Red Sox moving Jacoby Ellsbury back to center field this week, we decided we would examine memorable position changes in Boston sports history. We found plenty from which to choose, both historical and recent. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.


05/25/2010 - 9:47pm
Report: Hornets make Thibodeau formal offer

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has reported the New Orleans Hornets have made a formal offer to Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau for their head coaching position. But with the Celtics in the midst of the Eastern Conference Finals, a timetable for Thibodeau’s decision was unknown.

Thibodeau has been credited for the Celtics' defensive success, which is holding opponents to just 90.4 points this postseason. The Hornets allowed nearly 103 points per game during the regular season, tied for 21st in the league.

According to the report, the Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets are still considering Thibodeau for their head coaching vacancies as well.


05/25/2010 - 9:04pm
Sox, Lester keep rolling past Rays

The Red Sox continued their best stretch of baseball this year, winning for the seventh time in eight games on the strength of a dominant pitching effort that carried the team to a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Against a Rays team that entered Tuesday ranked second in the American League with 5.4 runs a game, Jon Lester and the Sox bullpen delivered Boston's third shutout of the year. 

 

Lester improved to 5-0 with a 1.45 ERA in his last seven starts. The left-hander allowed just one hit (a Willy Aybar single to center in the fourth inning) and struck out nine, allowing him to hold the Rays at bay despite some strike zone difficulties that led to five walks and 111 pitches in his six innings.

 

Lester's outing continued an impressive stretch in which Sox starters now have a 1.44 ERA over their last seven games. His effort was followed by three hitless innings of relief by relievers Manny Delcarmen, Daniel Bard...

05/25/2010 - 6:14pm
Red Sox designate Atchison, not McDonald

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox have designated relief pitcher Scott Atchison for assignment, not outfielder Darnell McDonald as they had originally planned. The reasoning for the move was that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who wasn't in the Red Sox lineup Tuesday night against the Rays, experienced soreness in his left side prior to the game. The moves were made in order to activate outfielder Mike Cameron, who started in center field in the second game of the three-game series. The choice to DFA Atchison is strictly procedural, according to the club, and the pitcher is expected to be optioned to Triple A Pawtucket Thursday.


05/25/2010 - 5:13pm
Ellsbury: 'They told me I would be in center'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury both confirmed that the plan going forward is to play Ellsbury in center field on a regular basis, even with the return of Mike Cameron. 

 

"They told me I would be in center," Ellsbury said prior to the Red Sox' Tuesday night game with the Rays. "I don't know what that means, but I'm assuming I'll play center for the rest of the year."

 

Ellsbury wasn't in the Sox' lineup Tuesday, getting what Francona described as a "breather" after having played the last three games following his stint on the 15-day disabled list (ribs). Cameron got the start in center field. 

 

"I think so for now," said Francona of the plan to put Ellsbury in center field. "The good news is that they can both play. I think that's probably the right thing to do, at least for the moment, in the...

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