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02/13/2011 - 2:51pm
Pap on free agency: I want to be No. 1 guy

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking to WEEI.com following his annual spring training meeting with the media, Jonathan Papelbon talked about how important the contract Rafael Soriano signed with the Yankees was, and how it might effect his mindset while potentially heading into free agency after 2011.

 

"That's the position I want to be in," Papelbon said regarding Soriano's positioning heading into the free agent market following the 2010 season. "When the season is all said and done this year, I want to be the No. 1 guy coming out, no question."

 

Soriano, perceived as the top reliever available on the open market in the offseason after notching an American League-best 45 saves with Tampa Bay, inked a three-year, $35 million deal with the Yankees to set-up Mariano Rivera. Papelbon did say that he was open to the idea of returning to the Red Sox next season, while saying he understood speculation this may his...

02/13/2011 - 1:23pm
Rivers: No quick return for Daniels

Speaking before the Celtics game with the Heat Sunday, Doc Rivers said that Marquis Daniels may have tests next week to determine the extent of the spinal injury he suffered last week against the Magic. But the coach cautioned that it would take some time. "I wouldn't count on Marquis coming back any time soon," Rivers said.

 

The Celtics have been patient in trying to determine the extent of Daniels' condition before deciding whether or not to make a move. The trade deadline is Feb. 24, and if Daniels can't come back this season, Rivers has been vocal about the need for a replacement small forward.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


02/13/2011 - 1:08pm
Kampfer scratched in return to Mich.
By: DJ Bean

In a bit of a surprising move, the Bruins have scratched Ann Arbor native Steven Kampfer for Sunday's tilt with the Red Wings in Detroit. Zach Hamill was also scratched, allowing for Mark Stuart and Tyler Seguin to return to the lineup. Stuart and Seguin had been healthy scratches for the last eight and two games, respectively. 

 

Kampfer, who also attended the University of Michigan, recently expressed his excitement to play an NHL game. He was expecting 40 friends and family members to be at the game, including his parents, who flew in from Florida. 

 

“I grew up playing out of Joe Louis, so they want to go back and see me there,” Kampfer said Friday morning. “I have my whole family there and a lot of friends and relatives there as well.”

 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


02/13/2011 - 10:58am
Jenks: 'Not here to step on anyone's toes'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- New Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks, who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Boston this offseason, made clear that he views himself as a setup man for closer Jonathan Papelbon, and that he is not trying to usurp the anticipated order of the Sox' late-inning relief progression. Jenks, who broke into the majors in late-2005 just weeks before Papelbon made his debut, has 173 career saves. That said, he is embracing the idea of adapting to a new responsibility out of the bullpen.

 

“I didn’t come here to step on anybody’s toes. I know what my role is,” said Jenks. “Coming here, [Papelbon and Jenks have] been friends for many years now, I don’t think that’s going to be any problem throughout the year at all. …

 

“If those questions do come up, it’s going to come down to the decision of the management and whatever they think is best for the...

02/12/2011 - 7:35pm
Shaq, Erden out until after All-Star break

Neither Shaquille O'Neal nor Semih Erden are expected to be back in the Celtics lineup until after the All-Star break, Doc Rivers said Saturday. O'Neal has missed the last five games with what the team is calling an inflamed Achilles, while Erden has played only two games totalling 11 minutes in the last six games with an assortment of injuries.

 

"Semih’s out until after the break and Shaq will be too," Rivers said following the team's practice. "We don’t even know if they’ll be back after the break right now. Semih’s groin is not improving and Shaq’s Achilles is not improving at all. We thought we’d have them both back by the last game, but that’s fine." The Celtics will have 10 players available when they play Miami on Sunday, but they hope to have Delonte West back by Wednesday's game with New Jersey.

 

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