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07/11/2011 - 11:02pm
Miller, Lackey to open second half for Sox

PHOENIX -- Andrew Miller will get the start in the first game of the second half for the Red Sox, and he will be followed by John Lackey and then Josh Beckett in the three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays following the All-Star break. Miller (3-0, 3.57) will look to improve upon his perfect record, while Lackey will look to build upon his strong final start (6 2/3 scoreless innings) of the first half.

Should Beckett (8-3, 2.27) pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, he will have four days of rest between the contest and his first start of the second half. He suffered a mild hyperextension of his knee in his last start before the break, but the issue will not impair his availability either for the Midsummer Classic or the second half.

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07/11/2011 - 10:05pm
Cano beats Gonzalez for HR Derby crown

PHOENIX -- Even before he was traded to the Red Sox last winter, Adrian Gonzalez was considered one of the elite players in the game. Nonetheless, there is little question that the move to Boston has elevated the four-time All-Star's profile, and his surge to national prominence continued on Monday evening, when he finished second to Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

Gonzalez ripped one longball after another into distant reaches of Chase Field. Though he is renowned for his opposite field power, he launched a succession of shots to right and right-center field.

Yet it was not enough amidst a record-setting run by Cano. After Gonzalez tied a record for the most homers in the final round of the Derby, Cano set a new mark by going deep 12 times to claim the title.

The two players separated themselves from their competition in each of the three rounds. In the first round, Gonzalez led the eight Derby...

07/11/2011 - 3:57pm
Lester: 'Every day has been getting better'

PHOENIX -- Talking during the media interview session for the American League All-Stars, Jon Lester said that his injured left lat muscle has been progressing well and the hope is he will be able to start throwing again when joining the team in St. Petersburg, Fla. Thursday.

"Everything is good. We're on track," Lester said. "It's one of those deals where right now we're waiting. i think we're no-throw for another couple of days and we should be fine after that. We'll just move on and it's one of those deals where we're trying to prepare for the rest of the season. We're not preparing to make a start next week. It's important, but it's not as important as a start in September or October.

"Every day has been getting better. The day after felt better the day before and so forth until now. There's really not a whole lot of treatment you can do to it besides ice. But every day has a been great."

Lester, who was...

07/11/2011 - 12:51pm
Mortensen on M&M: CBA holdup 'troubling'

ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday afternoon to discuss the latest developments regarding the NFL labor negotiations.

Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported Monday morning that a deal was close and was expected to be ready for a vote at the July 21 league meetings. However, there appears to be at least one key sticking point preventing the end of the lockout.

"The bottom line is they're still hung up on a couple of issues," Mortensen said. "The most, I think, troubling one — and to me a little surprising — is the rookie wage system that owners are hung up on, a matter that doesn't make sense to me, and it doesn't make sense to the players side."

Explained Mortensen: "The players have basically agreed that we're going to cut rookie salaries about in half in terms of the amount of money they're paid. … But where the players are pretty upset … what they're...

07/11/2011 - 12:28pm
Chiarelli: Bruins still talking to Marchand
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the team's development camp that there is no news to report with regard to contract negotiations with restricted free agent Brad Marchand. 

"We've continued to talk," Chiarelli said. "We've had some discussion, and we'll leave it at that."

Marchand, 23, scored 21 goals and added 20 assists for 41 points in his rookie season, winning the team's seventh player award. He finished second on the Bruins with 11 postseason goals, and his plus-12 rating put him in a tie for third on the B's in the playoffs. 

The young winger is the only Bruins' restricted free agent. Given that they have qualified him, the team match any offer sheet Marchand signs with another club or lose him in exchange for draft pick compensation. Defenseman Shane Hnidy is the lone other unsigned player, but the B's have told the restricted free agent that they will not be offering him a...

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