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04/01/2010 - 1:25pm
Epstein: Lowell important to team

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' spring training game against the Twins, Thursday afternoon at City of Palms Park, Sox general manager Theo Epstein reiterated that he still sees Mike Lowell as an important part of the team heading into Opening Day.

 

“The same exact thing I told you guys early in camp – that from the day the Texas thing fell through in December, I anticipated him being an important part of this club, albeit with a role that’s less than what he’s used to," Epstein said. "I still see it that way. There hasn’t been much trade activity, if at all, with him this spring. He’s swinging the bat well of late, looking healthier every day and I anticipate him being an important bench guy for us. No one wishes injury on anyone but strange things happen in this game and it’s a good feeling to have him be able to step in if needed.”

 

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04/01/2010 - 11:53am
B's playoff tickets available April 7

In the event that the Bruins make the playoffs, the team announced on Thursday that playoff tickets for he first two home games will go on sale on April 7 at 11 a.m. Tickets will be available to purchase at the TD Garden box office, Ticketmaster or the team's website. If Boston does not make the playoffs a full refund will be issued for the face value of the ticket.

 

With 82 points the Bruins are in a three-way tie with Philadelphia and Montreal for the final three spots in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The trio of teams stand two points ahead of the ninth place Atlanta Thrashers with 80 points.

 

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04/01/2010 - 11:11am
Hoyer on Tebow: 'Bring him. Let's go'

FOXBORO — Like everyone else around New England, current Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer has heard the rumors the franchise is interested in drafting much-ballyhooed Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Hoyer, who said he had a chance to meet Tebow the other day when the ex-Gator came to Foxboro for a visit, doesn’t seem fazed about the prospect of competing with the former Heisman Trophy winner for a job.

“Wherever you go, there’s going to be competition,” he said Thursday during a break at Gillette Stadium. “I’ll never forget, when I was being recruited at Michigan State, I was like, ‘Well, you guys have a bunch of quarterbacks here,’ and one of the coaches was ‘There’s always going to be quarterbacks wherever you go. You’re always going to have to compete.’

“Bring him. Let’s go. I mean, he’s a great player. He’s one of the...

04/01/2010 - 10:34am
Doc on D&C: I'd have taken Oden

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and talked about Kevin Durant, the young star who led the Thunder past the Celtics on Wednesday night. "Offensively, he's as good as you're going to get in the league," Rivers said. "I think he is the most efficient offensive player in the league. LeBron and Kobe, they score more points, but he's more efficient at it. He's amazing. ... He's a great young kid. He's everything good about our league. It's really good to have a guy like that in our league."

 

Rivers said Durant's size is what puts him (literally) over the top, helping to make him the best catch-and-shoot guy in the NBA. "There's probably guys who can shoot as well as Durant. The difference is when Durant catches and shoots, even if you're there, because of his size, he can still shoot it over you," Rivers said. "He knows at the end of the...

04/01/2010 - 10:12am
Atchison earns spot in Sox 'pen

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Righty reliever Scott Atchison, a 34-year-old who spent the past two seasons in Japan, was informed Thursday morning that he had earned a spot in the Red Sox bullpen. The final spot in the 'pen is between Scott Schoeneweis, who is scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Twins in Fort Myers, and Joe Nelson, who will travel with the team to Washington for Saturday's exhibition game against the Nationals.

 

Meanwhile, manager Terry Francona said the team asked lefty reliever Alan Embree for more time to evaluate him. Embree only signed with the team on March 20 and has struggled in three appearances, allowing 10 runs on eight hits and three walks in 2-1/3 innings. He has one strikeout.

 

Schoeneweis and Embree have opt-out clauses on April 15, meaning they can become free agents if they are not on the major league roster then. Nelson's opt-out is June 1.

 

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