FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester did not miss a beat in his first exhibition game since being sidelined by the flu, tossing four shutout innings, but the Twins roughed up Jonathan Papelbon for three runs to claim a 3-2 victory against a Red Sox split-squad club.
Lester threw 57 pitches (41 strikes) before continuing his day with 10 or 11 pitches in the bullpen. He had a tremendous curveball and attacked the strike zone with all his pitches, eliciting five strikeouts while permitting four hits in his four shutout innings. After stating at the start of camp that he wanted to focus on cutting down his walks, he has done just that -- he has yet to issue a free pass in his two exhibition starts, spanning six innings.
"I’ve been pleased with how I’ve been throwing the ball as far as attacking and not giving in. I’d rather give up a base hit than walk a guy, make a guy earn it regardless of whether it...
Speaking on the Mut & Merloni Show with Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni, Sport Illustrated's Peter King suggested there might be some hope regarding the NFL avoiding a lockout Friday, but he still remains pessimistic about any agreement before the NFLPA's certification expires later in the day.
"If I would have to guess right now I would guess that they would decertify," King said. "I do think there is reason for hope and until they actually decertify, it's the old Yogi Berra thing, its never over until it's over."
King offered the reminder that the stalemate is a "pox on both their houses," stating, "There's plenty of blame to go around, but the fact is is that it's ridiculous that the two sides can't decide how to divide $9.3 billion. That's the simplistic way to look on it, but it's the absolute truth, too...
Keno Davis was fired after three seasons as coach of the Providence basketball team, the school announced Friday.
"I appreciate everything Keno Davis has done for our basketball program during the last three years," PC athletic director Bob Driscoll said in a statement. "We are committed to finding a head coach that will guide our program and help develop our student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and on the court."
In three seasons at Providence, Davis went 46-50, including a 15-17 overall record this season. The Friars were 4-14 for 14th place in the Big East.
"Providence College has a great tradition in men's basketball," Driscoll said. "I have very high standards and expectations for our student-athletes and our program. We will work very hard to find the right person for this job who has the leadership skills to meet those standards."
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima have been able to contact some, but not all, of their relatives in Japan in the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that have hit the country. Matsuzaka said that his parents are fine, but he still awaits word on his grandmother, who resides in the prefecture of Aomori in northern Japan.
“It was definitely shocking waking up and hearing the news. But just receiving an e-mail and reading it, I wasn’t able to take in exactly what it was," Matsuzaka said. "But once I turned on the television and saw what was going on, it was quite shocking and very scary to see that.”
Okajima's parents, who reside inland in Kyoto, are also safe, but the reliever expressed concern about wife's family, which resides in the Kanto region, closer to the east coast of Japan.
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Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, in defending suspended center Dwight Howard, on Monday criticized the NBA and David Stern, saying the commissioner doesn't "tolerate other people's opinion or free speech or anything." Stern fired back Thursday, saying he would talk to the team's owners about the coach's comments and that he does not expect Van Gundy to criticize him again. "I have a feeling that some modicum of self-restraint will cause Stan and the team for which he works to rein in his aberrant behavior," Stern said.
Added Stern: "It didn't bother me personally. I see somebody whose team isn't performing, whose star player was suspended, who seems to be fraying. ... Whatever the pressures are that Stan is feeling, that he fell to whatever position he's in to say something like this, it made me sad."
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