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01/21/2011 - 11:41pm
Source: Napoli wasn't on Red Sox' radar

According to a major league source, the Red Sox weren't interested in dealing for catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli after they acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Sox, who had claimed Napoli off waivers in August, viewed the 29-year-old more of first baseman and third catcher than full-time backstop. 

 

Napoli was dealt to the Blue Jays Friday night along with outfielder Juan Rivera in exchange for outfielder Vernon Wells. Napoli is in his third offseason of being arbitration-eligible, and will be eligible for free agency following the 2011 season. In 140 games he hit .238 with 26 home runs, playing 70 games at first base and 66 behind the plate.

 

Despite the fact Wells is owned $86 million over the next four seasons ($23 million, and $21 million each season after that through '14), the Blue Jays weren't forced to send any money to the Angels in the deal.

 

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01/21/2011 - 10:58pm
All jazzed up: C's beat Utah like a drum

Kevin Garnett was back in form with 21 points while Paul Pierce hit his first four shots from the field and finished with 20 as the Celtics raced out to an 18-point halftime lead and never looked back in a 110-86 win over the Jazz Friday night at TD Garden. In winning their fifth straight, the Celtics forced 21 turnovers and improved an Eastern Conference-best 33-9. They are also a season-best 24 games over .500. 

 

Glen Davis had 15 off the bench while Rajon Rondo added 12 assists as the Celtics had one of their best nights passing the ball, racking up 31 assists on 37 field goals. Al Jefferson was completely ineffective in his latest return to Boston. The 2004 first-round pick of the Celtics had just seven points and was just 1-for-11 from the field. 

 

The only bad news to come from the contest was a sore right hip that forced Shaquille O'Neal from the game in the first half after playing just six minutes. Semih...

01/21/2011 - 9:27pm
Report: Rays sign both Damon, Manny

According to SI.com, the Rays have agreed to contracts with both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez on one-year deals. The report states the deals are pending physicals. Damon's deal would be worth $5.25 million, plus a potential $750,000 in bonus money based on attendance, while Ramirez will be making $2 million.

 

The 37-year-old Damon appeared in 145 games with Detroit in 2010, hitting .271 with eight homers and 11 stolen bases, totaling a .355 on-base percentage. Ramirez, 38, appeared in a combined 90 games with both the Dodgers and White Sox in '10, hitting .298 with nine home runs and finished with an OPS of .870.

 

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01/21/2011 - 4:33pm
Report: Sox explored dealing Papelbon

According to SI.com, the Red Sox talked to the A's and White Sox about the possibility of dealing closer Jonathan Papelbon and signing Rafael Soriano to a one-year deal to serve as their closer. But Soriano ended up signing a three-year, $35 million deal to pitch for the Yankees, and Papelbon ended up agreeing to a one-year, $12 million deal as he enters his final season with the Red Sox before reaching free agency.

 

"The Red Sox showed interest in Soriano, and appeared willing to do a one-year deal for him to be their closer. Had that happened, Boston would have found a new home for Papelbon, probably Oakland or the White Sox," according to the report. "The Red Sox were unable to trade Papelbon because teams saw a high number like [his $12 million agreement] on the horizon."

The Sox had also made...

01/21/2011 - 3:36pm
Thomas to start for B's vs. Avalanche
By: DJ Bean

Tim Thomas led the Bruins onto the ice at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, meaning he will be between the pipes for the team's bout with the Avalanche. Thomas last started on Tuesday, making a season-high 43 saves in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.

 

On the season, Thomas is 22-4-6 with a league-best 1.83 goals against average, .945 save percentage, and seven shutouts.

 

Facing Colorado also means seeing Matt Hunwick, whom the Bruins traded to the Avalanche on Nov. 29 in exchange for Colby Cohen. The defenseman was a victim of the team's salary cap spot as they prepared for the return of Marc Savard.

 

In 22 games with the Bruins this season, Hunwick had three points (1 G, 2 A) and a plus-4. In 23 games with the Avalanche, he has three assists and is a minus-9. 

 

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