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05/18/2010 - 3:50pm
Lowell: Maybe better if not on team

NEW YORK -- Speaking to reporters prior to Tuesday night's game between the Red Sox and Yankees, Mike Lowell reiterated his displeasure regarding his current role on the Sox. For the second straight time, Lowell isn't getting the start at designated hitter against a left-handed starter, with David Ortiz filling the role against New York's CC Sabathia.

 

"I don't know. I think it's one of those unfortunate things where it's painfully evident I don't have a role on the team," Lowell said. "I think I have a temporary role but that's more to the fact we had young outfielders because of the injuries to Jacoby and Cam and David got off to a slow start. David's swinging the bat a lot better, which I'm actually happy for. I actually think he's still a big presence in our lineup. I don't care what the numbers say. He's that guy you still fear that he doesn't have to make really good contact and he will still hit the ball out of the park...

05/18/2010 - 3:02pm
Pats sign Larsen, cut Springs

The Patriots announced Tuesday afternoon they have signed sixth-round draft choice OL Ted Larsen. In addition, the Patriots announced today that they have released veteran CB Shawn Springs. Larsen, 6-foot-2, 305 pounds, began his college career as a defensive tackle before moving to center as a junior in 2008. He started 30 of 43 games at North Carolina State (five starts at defensive tackle and 23 starts at center). Larsen was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team by The NFL Draft Report after starting all 12 games as a senior in 2009. Meanwhile, Springs, 6-foot and 204 pounds, is a veteran of 13 NFL seasons with Seattle (1997-2003), Washington  (2004-08) and  Patriots (2009). He has played in 169 career games with 155 starts and has made 701 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 33 interceptions for 429 yards with two touchdowns, 141 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog,...

05/18/2010 - 2:42pm
Lowell, Varitek out vs. Sabathia

For the first time since Opening Day, Red Sox starter Josh Beckett will be pitching to a catcher other than Jason Varitek. Instead, for just the second time this year, Beckett will be pitching to Victor Martinez, who homered on Opening Day against former Indians teammate CC Sabathia, who will be on the hill for the Yankees on Tuesday.

 

Mike Lowell is also not in the lineup against the left-handed Sabathia, with David Ortiz getting the nod at DH for the second straight time against a left-handed starter. Ortiz is a career .241/.290/.483 hitter with two homers against Sabathia, while Lowell has a .286/.286/.333 line. The fact that he is not playing against southpaws will likely serve as a source of further frustration to Lowell, who told WEEI.com on Monday, "Your level of importance feels diminished when I feel...

05/18/2010 - 1:52pm
B's Sturm undergoes successful knee surgery

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued a press release Tuesday afternoon announcing that forward Marco Sturm underwent successfulsurgery to repair his right knee. The surgery entailed ACL reconstruction, MCL repair and partial lateral meniscectomy and was performed by Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital. Sturm injured the knee in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals when he pushed off to make a check on Flyers defenseman Matt Carle and torqued his knee on the ice at TD Garden. Sturm is expected to rehab for six months.

 

Sturm has played 855 NHL games with 234 goals and 232 assists. He had 21 goals and 15 assists for the Bruins in 2009-10.

 

For more Bruins news, visit the Big Bad Blog.


05/18/2010 - 1:24pm
Marlins' Ramirez: No apology planned

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, benched for loafing after a ball Monday night, said he has no plans to apologize to his teammates. "We got a lot of people dogging it after ground balls," Ramirez told the press. "They don't apologize."

 

Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez held Ramirez out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's afternoon game against the visiting Diamondbacks, telling reporters: "I think he needs to talk to his teammates a little bit. Whatever feelings he has for me are fine and dandy. We don't have to get along, but I think he needs to get along with the 24 other guys on his team, and when that happens we'll run him back in there. If he sets his ego aside, I think it will be good."

 

Ramirez, a former Red Sox farmhand who went on to become one of the best players in the National League, fouled a ball off his ankle in the first inning Monday night. While in the field in the second...

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