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03/02/2010 - 12:22am
Japanese coach: Dice-K looks better

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Tsuyoshi Yoda, the pitching coach for Japan's World Baseball Classic team last year, said that Daisuke Matsuzaka looked "better than last year" after watching his former pupil throw Monday at the Red Sox minor league training facility. "I saw the bullpen today and his body structure and movement was much better than last year," Yoda said through a translator. Yoda described Matsuzaka's fastball as "up and down" throughout the pitcher's time with Team Japan, and also relayed that he was unaware of the groin injury Matsuzaka said he struggled with during spring training last year. "When I heard about the injury ... I didn't know about it," Yoda said. For more, see the Full Count blog.


03/01/2010 - 6:39pm
Bruins' Dalton reassigned to Reading

The Bruins announced Monday evening that goaltender Matt Dalton has been reassigned to the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League. Dalton was recalled by the Bruins on Feb. 24 on an emergency basis to serve as a second goaltender in practice while Tim Thomas was with the U.S. team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

 

For more Bruins news, visit the Big Bad Blog.


03/01/2010 - 4:50pm
Doc on C's: 'Not going to overreact'

WALTHAM -- Following Monday's practice, the Celtics left for Tuesday night's game in Detroit against the Pistons. The Celtics are coming off one of their most embarrassing losses in recent memory, a 104-96 setback at the hands of the six-win New Jersey Nets and look to get back on track against another team well below .500. “I would like it not to but this is basketball and these are teams," Rivers said of a possible wake-up call courtesy the Nets. "It happens. We’re not used to it happening here but it happens. I’m not going to overreact to it. I can tell you that. But we just need work on it and we need to see it. Sometimes you can see it on film, sometimes you can see it on the floor and sometimes you’ve got to get your butt whipped a couple of times before you realize it’s a problem. I’m hoping all of those are going to help us.” For more, visit the...

03/01/2010 - 2:22pm
Bracket 101: Home sweet dome

Dome-ination. The battle of the beasts in the Big East had been built up for weeks, as Syracuse and Villanova were to meet in front of a record crowd. Let’s just say that the Orange, and their fans, lived up to the hype. This week, Bracket 101 takes an in-depth look at Syracuse and Boston College, examines the week that was in college basketball and gives you a list of 16 teams that are poised to advance into the Round of 16 in the 2010 NCAA tournament. Click here to check out Bracket 101.


03/01/2010 - 2:04pm
Pierce: 'I'm ready to go' for Detroit

WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce practiced on Monday and said afterward he is ready to go for the team's game in Detroit on Tuesday after missing the last three games with a sprained right thumb. "I would have been back for the Cleveland game, please believe me, as much as I love to play against Cleveland, as much as I love to play against LeBron," Pierce said. "I even went out there and shot before the Cleveland game because I wanted to be out there so bad. I don't think I'm rushing back. I think this is perfect timing. My body feels good, my hand feels good and I'm ready to go." The Celtics won their first game without Pierce against New York last Tuesday before dropping home games to Cleveland and New Jersey. For more, including WEEI.com video of Pierce from Monday's practice, visit the Green Street blog.  


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