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03/02/2012 - 8:48am
Mashup: Yanks owner says payroll to be cut

The Yankees, who paid $13.9 million in luxury tax last year, want to get their payroll under the luxury tax threshold within two years. Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told the media Thursday in Tampa that he wants the payroll trimmed from $210 million to $189 million, which is what the luxury tax mark will be in 2014.

"I'm looking at it as a goal, but my goals are normally considered a requirement," Steinbrenner said. "That 189 [million dollars] is a real number, and we're going to be shooting for it. I think with all the young talent we have coming up, particularly pitching, that's a realistic goal."

The Yankees have $75 million committed to four players this year: Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and Derek Jeter. Steinbrenner wants a focus on the team's youth.

"Plenty of teams win without the kind of payrolls we have," he said. "I'm excited about the young kids we have; that...

03/01/2012 - 11:20pm
Ference has lower-body injury
By: DJ Bean

Defenseman Andrew Ference left the Bruins' 4-3 overtime win over the Devils in the third period with what coach Claude Julien called a lower-body injury. Ference took only three shifts in the third period and did not play after his last one ended 5:30 into the period.

"He suffered a lower-body injury," Julien said of Ference. "We took him out instead of forcing it, and I guess what I've been told is we'll know better tomorrow how severe it is and whether he's going to be fine or whether it's going to go the other way." 

With Ference out, Julien took Joe Corvo off the bench after he had benched the struggling defenseman. Corvo was on the ice for the Devils' first two goals in the second period, including a Zach Parise goal that was created when Corvo sent a blind backhand pass to New Jersey winger Ilya Kovalchuk in the neutral zone. 

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03/01/2012 - 10:37pm
Trick and treat: Krejci, B's beat Devils

David Krejci scored his third goal of the night with 2:01 left in overtime to lift the Bruins over the Devils, 4-3, Thursday night at TD Garden. Krejci, who collected his second career hat trick, was left alone in front of Martin Brodeur and his shot helped the Bruins sweep the season series from the Devils, 4-0-0.

The Bruins came out on fire in the first, snapping a home scoring drought of 127 minutes, 20 seconds when Krejci came on a rush down the slot and took a pretty pass from Tyler Seguin, beating Martin Brodeur just 73 seconds into the game. Just seven minutes later, it was Lucic who did the feeding, finding Seguin on the left wing. His shot beat Brodeur 5-hole to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead eight minutes in. 

The Bruins are now a perfect 29-0-0 when holding a two-goal lead in any game this season and have won all 14 games when they scored at least twice in the opening period. 

The Devils came out hard in the second, firing...

03/01/2012 - 9:34pm
Varitek: Priority was returning to Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- At the press conference to announce his retirement, Jason Varitek said that his family and opportunity were the two elements that weighed heaviest in his decision to end his 14-year major league career.

"This answer comes down to what’s best for me and my family," Varitek said during the question-and-answer portion of his press conference Thursday at JetBlue Park. "But it’s also, you have to be realistic on what my opportunities are, and my opportunity here was the only opportunity that was worthwhile for me to be a part of. We worked and understood that from our talks in December all the way up until now. I continued to train in hopes that -- you just don’t know what’s going to happen. You want to exhaust all alternatives with this team and this organization before I really came to grips -- not came to grips, but decided fully to retire.”

Varitek, who said he is still talking with...

03/01/2012 - 7:49pm
Boras: 'I didn't let' teams offer Tek

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Following the press conference to announce Jason Varitek's press conference at JetBlue Park Thursday, Varitek's agent, Scott Boras, told WEEI.com that he didn't allow other teams to make formal offers to the free agent catcher. The reasoning, according to Boras, was due to Varitek's continued allegiance to the Red Sox.

"I really didn't let them," the agent said when asked how many offers Varitek received in the offseason. "We got some interest calls, but really didn't follow it up too much. We didn't want to mislead anybody that he wasn't going to play for them."

The Red Sox had offered Varitek a minor league deal as an invitation to return, and the catcher reiterated at his press conference that he spent the entire offseason preparing as if he was going to come back.

Boras also discussed the plans of another one of his clients, J.D. Drew, who remains unsigned but hasn't announced whether or not he...

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