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02/27/2011 - 9:42pm
Beckett: If healthy, numbers will be there

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Josh Beckett finished his first start of spring training with mixed results, allowing a run on two hits over two innings while throwing 23 pitches (15 strikes) against the Twins Sunday night at Hammond Stadium.

 

"I think there are certain things you want to work on. I felt like I threw some good changeups when I was behind in the count. They weren't strikes, but they were something else I tried to do," said Beckett, who allowed his run when Jason Repko tripled to drive in Chris Parmelee, who had doubled.

 

"Health is a big thing, and we're trying to build up right now. It's very hard in small sample sizes to get positive or negative feedback. The second inning wasn't as good as the first, but the first inning maybe wasn't as good as it appeared. I felt like there were some things I needed to work on in the first inning I think I might have gotten away with. They are small samples, and...

02/27/2011 - 5:41pm
Report: Kaczur likely done with Pats
By: DJ Bean

INDIANAPOLIS -- According to a report from the Boston Herald, the Patriots have asked offensive lineman Nick Kaczur to take a "massive pay cut" from his $3.4 million salary, and that given his unwillingness to do so, the Patriots are "going to have to" cut the 31-year-old. 

 

Kaczur has played his entire career with the Patriots since they chose him with the 100th overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft. The native of Brantford, Ontario, missed all of last season with a back injury. 

 

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02/27/2011 - 3:12pm
Jenks on Guillen feud: 'I'm tired of it'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Talking to the media at City of Palms Park, Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks responded to criticism by his former manager, Ozzie Guillen, by reiterating that his main focus is on performing for his current team.

 

"It is what it is. I think at this point I'm tired of it. I just want to move on," Jenks said. "I'm a Red Sox now and that's all I want to worry about. From this point on, I have nothing else to say. It is what is, that's all I have to say. He's going to have his say, whatever. I'm a Red Sox, that's all that matters."

 

Jenks, who previously had been in a back and forth with Guillen's son, Oney, was warned by the...

02/27/2011 - 11:45am
Report: Shaq to rejoin Celtics in Boston

According to the Boston Herald, while the Celtics had considered having center Shaquille O'Neal join the club during its current four-game Western Conference swing, a decision was instead made to have the 38-year-old rejoin the Celtics when they return to Boston on Tuesday. The Celtics have just one remaining game on the trip (Monday night in Utah against the Jazz), and so the decision was made not to rush O'Neal across the country for the sake of participating in just one game. Instead, he remains in Orlando, rehabbing his injured right Achilles tendon.

 

"He’s doing great. Just stay where you’re at, keep working out, and he’ll meet us when we get back to Boston. Then we...

02/27/2011 - 10:47am
Ortiz: 'Looking forward to killing it in April'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said that he believes his slow April starts over the last three years were the result of putting too much pressure on himself. In particular, he suggested that in 2010 he pressed while "trying super hard to shut people up, and it didn't work."

 

In 2010, Ortiz hit just .143 with a .238 OBP, .286 slugging mark, .524 OPS and one homer and four RBIs in April. On May 1, however, he hit a pair of homers, starting a stretch when he hit .286/.385/.558/.943 with 31 homers and 98 RBIs over the last five months of the season.

 

The 35-year-old expects that if he is able to tune out the sort of criticism that weighed on him in the first month of 2010, he can position himself for a productive April that, in turn, could lead to big numbers over the course of a full season.

 

"I'm looking forward to killing it in April so people can forget about that...

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