According to ESPN.com, the Red Sox won't offer pitcher Josh Beckett a contract extension of more than four years. The report, which cited a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations, suggested that the Red Sox have concerns about Beckett's shoulder that have led them to cap their offer at four years. While the Sox signed John Lackey to a five-year, $82.5 million deal this offseason, the club's chief health concern was with Lackey's elbow, rather than his shoulder.
WEEI.com reported in February that Beckett's shoulder might prevent his contract negotiations from taking the same shape as Lackey's, even though the two have nearly identical career statistics....
Butler outscored Kansas State, 9-2, in the final 3:09 of their Elite Eight contest in Salt Lake City to reach the Final Four for the first time in school history. Butler's 63-56 victory allowed the team to advance out of the West Regional bracket and gives the Horizon Conference champion the opportunity to play in the Final Four in Indianapolis, just a few miles from its home campus.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (32-4) were led by Gordon Hayward's 22 points. The team is now 32-4 on the season.
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Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida left Saturday's contest against the Orioles due to tightness in his right hamstring. Hermida singled in his only at-bat of the day. He is now hitting .447 with a .462 OBP and .632 slugging mark this spring.
Neither the outfielder nor the Sox seemed to think that the injury was significant, but the team wanted to take a conservative approach by removing Hermida from the game rather than risking a more significant injury.
"I don't think it was anything. It just didn't seem like a good thing to keep him in the game," Francona told reporters. "He said, 'I feel it,' and I said, 'That's enough.'"
Left-handed pitcher Alan Embree, who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox last weekend, struggled in his first outing against major league hitters this spring. He allowed three runs while recording just two outs, permitting two hits and a walk.
"I think you have back up and realize it's his first time out," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "Everybody else has been down here for a while and they look like it. The ball came out of his hand OK ... We've just got to get some reps under his belt."
Embree had pitched a scoreless inning in a minor league game earlier in the week. He has an April 15 opt-out date in his contract, something that will permit him to continue building up his arm strength in the minors (if necessary) after the start of the regular season.
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The Bruins snapped an 0-for-22 power play drought by scoring on their first three chances and Tim Thomas recorded his 17th career shutout in a 5-0 matinee win over the Calgary Flames at TD Garden. Dennis Seidenberg scored on the power play in the first and David Krejci and Zdeno Chara added second-period goals on the man advantage as the Bruins were never threatened. Thomas stopped all 31 shots he faced in registering his fifth shutout this season. The Bruins finish their three-game homestand with a game against Buffalo on Monday night and have eight games remaining in the season. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing who was lying yesterday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
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