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03/12/2011 - 3:55pm
Gonzalez on Sox debut: 'I felt great'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He didn't miss a beat.

 

Adrian Gonzalez made his Red Sox spring training debut on Saturday a successful one. Placed in the third spot in the lineup against Marlins ace Josh Johnson, Gonzalez took almost no time to show that his rehab from surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder will not hinder him at the plate. Gonzalez jumped on the first pitch he saw -- a fastball up and away -- and lined it into left field for a single in the bottom of the first. He then drove in his first run with the Sox in the second inning, lining a 1-2 pitch to center for a sacrifice fly.

 

He only saw fastballs on Saturday, and so he is eager to see more breaking pitches in subsequent games. Even so, the first baseman was able to take an important step forward, on a recovery path that he insists will have him ready for Opening Day on April 1.

 

"It felt great," said Gonzalez, who will...

03/12/2011 - 3:18pm
Kraft issues statement on stoppage

On Saturday afternoon, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued the following statement on the labor situation:
 
“Going into these union negotiations, I was very optimistic that an agreement could be reached before the end of December if both sides were committed to the negotiations. The same was true as we approached the end of the NFL calendar year. We are fortunate to be operating in an industry that is thriving and I know that there was a deal to be done that was a win-win for both sides. I know that Commissioner Goodell and his staff invested a tremendous amount of time and resources to negotiate an agreement that would benefit both parties and allow the league to continue to build for the future without interruption. I remained in constant contact with Roger and the members of the CEC this week and fully supported the proposal we made to the players' union on Friday. I...

03/12/2011 - 3:18pm
Holland carries BU into NCAAs

John Holland hit two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to cap a 15-point second-half comeback and lift Boston University past Stony Brook, 56-54, in the championship game of the America East tournament at Agganis Arena. With the win, BU clinches its first NCAA tournament berth since 2002.

 

Holland, the America East Player of the Year and tournament MVP, finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds. He forced a jump ball with 31 seconds left to get BU possession, setting up his winning free throws.

 

Stony Brook's Bryan Dougher took a running 3-pointer at the buzzer and it hit the back left iron before bouncing away. The BU faithful stormed the court to celebrate, and coach Patrick Chambers stood on the press table and fired up the crowd.

 

The celebration seemed unlikely in the first half. BU (21-13) missed its first seven shots and 16 of its first 19. The Terriers had three points after 12 minutes of play and...

03/12/2011 - 10:44am
Red Sox reassign 10 to minor league camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox reassigned 10 players to minor league camp Saturday, including pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and infielder Oscar Tejeda, who hit .375 with two triples and a home run in 13 spring training games.

 

Other players reassigned were pitchers Tony Pena Jr., Jason Rice, Clevelan Santeliz, Kyle Weiland and Alex Wilson, catchers Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnawy, infielders Brent Dlugach and Hector Luna, and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin. 

 

For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


03/12/2011 - 9:17am
Adrian Gonzalez in lineup for Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez is scheduled to make his Red Sox debut Saturday, hitting third while playing first base against the Marlins at City of Palms Park. Gonzalez had been held out of game action up until this point while rehabbing his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

 

The rest of the Red Sox' lineup against Florida is as follows: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Gonzalez 1B, Kevin Youkilis 3B, David Ortiz DH, J.D. Drew RF, Mike Cameron CF, Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, Marco Scutaro SS, John Lackey P.

 

For more spring training news and updates, see the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


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