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04/19/2010 - 2:07pm
Ellsbury: 'Hard to say' when he'll return

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury missed his seventh straight game on Monday due to the bruised chest he suffered in a collision with Adrian Beltre on April 11. Ellsbury still wasn't sure when he might be ready to return to the lineup, and was also unsure whether he'd have to be placed on the disabled list.

 

"I’d like to make a prediction [about a return date], but it’s kind of hard to tell. I wish it would have been a little bit quicker, but this is one of those things that needs rest," said Ellsbury. "It’s hard to say [whether a DL trip will be needed]. I’m hoping that I’ll wake up tomorrow and feel a little bit better."

 

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Ellsbury will have an "aggressive" day on Tuesday to test the progress of his chest. He is still experiencing a sharp pain when he breathes deeply -- something that Ellsbury said was limiting his...

04/19/2010 - 1:01pm
Struggling Sox swept by Rays

Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann allowed just a pair of runs in seven innings to lead the Rays past the Red Sox, 8-2, on Monday afternoon. The Red Sox now own a record of 4-9 and stand six games out of first place following the four-game sweep by the Rays.

 

B.J. Upton homered and drove in three runs for the Rays (10-3) and Jason Bartlett had three hits and three runs. 

 

John Lackey struggled for the Red Sox, allowing nine hits and eight runs in 3-1/3 innings to even his record at 1-1. His ERA for the season is now 5.62.

 

For more Red Sox coverage, read the Full Count blog.


04/19/2010 - 11:26am
Cheruiyot wins Marathon in record time

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya won the Boston Marathon in record time Monday. Cheruiyot's time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 51 seconds shattered the course record of 2:07:14 set by another (unrelated) Robert Cheruiyot in 2006. Tekeste Kebede of Ethiopia finished second. Defending Boston Marathon champion Deriba Merga finished third. Ryan Hall took fourth in 2:08:41, the fastest time ever by an American.

 

Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia won the women's race with an unofficial time of 2:26:12. Erkesso held off a furious comeback from Tatyana Pushkareva of Russia, who finished three seconds behind Erkesso, the third-closest finish ever in the women's division.


04/19/2010 - 10:52am
NFL Draft Bracket: Who should the Pats take?

Let us know who you think the Patriots should take with their first-round pick. We’ve broken it down, bracket-style, with 16 names that could be available when the Patriots are on the clock with the 22nd overall selection. Should they go offense or defense? Wide receiver, tight end or pass rusher? Let your voice be heard right now by clicking here to launch the bracket. Check back throughout the week to vote each day, and we’ll announce the winner right before the draft starts on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


04/19/2010 - 9:57am
Savard hopeful yet realistic about return

Bruins center Marc Savard said that he skated for a half-hour at TD Garden Monday morning and that he has been feeling better in his recovery from a Grade 2 concussion for about the last week or so. He was been able to get out and do some golf putting on April 10 and had an exertion test on Sunday. His Monday skate included stick and puck handling activities. The putting and skating were Savard's first activities since sustaining the concussion on March 7. Savard did not give a specific timetable for his return but said that he remains hopeful that he can return sometime during the playoffs.

 

"It is going to take some time, but hopefully it comes about sooner than later because I am feeling good and it is playoff time," Savard said. "I would like to play tonight, but we have to be realistic here and take the proper steps. I am hopeful. I can't see being in these next two games, that's for sure, but down the road maybe. It's...

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