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Rob Bradford
March 05, 2014 - 6:49 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "I’m sure you guys will know before I do on anything that happens. But nothing has gone on recently." This was Jon Lester after throwing his first 38 pitches in game conditions this spring. He pitched. He worked out. He talked to the media. He answered questions about contract...
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Rob Bradford
March 05, 2014 - 7:58 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For some, the bandage might represent a whole new level of anxiety for an already anxious time. Injuries during contract years -- even in the early days of spring training -- can paint an uncomfortable picture. The player knows he needs a good year to get that next deal, and any...
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DJ Bean
March 05, 2014 - 12:00 am
The trade deadline is hours away, and given that Peter Chiarelli has yet to pull the trigger on a deal, you can expect a few interesting hours leading up to Wednesday at 3 p.m. Though the Bruins haven't improved, their Eastern Conference competition hasn't done anything drastic yet, either. Here...
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Rob Bradford
March 04, 2014 - 5:56 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Looking for another Red Sox captain? Don't hold your breath. "I'm not even the captain of my own house," quipped Dustin Pedroia . The Red Sox have learned their lesson. Captains and baseball don't mix. The captain construct recently came up thanks to Rajon Rondo's birthday bash...
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DJ Bean
March 03, 2014 - 10:40 pm
It's getting to crunch time as Wednesday's NHL trade deadline approaches. The Bruins are still looking for a defenseman, and fortunately for them, none of the top options have been dealt yet. The Chris Phillips situation has yet to play itself out in Ottawa. The Bruins are believed to be interested...
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Scott McLaughlin
March 02, 2014 - 11:09 pm
If you’re a Bruins fan, you’ve heard the debate a hundred times since Dennis Seidenberg went down with a torn ACL and MCL on Dec. 27. Should the Bruins pony up to acquire a top-four defenseman before the trade deadline? Can they win the Stanley Cup if they don’t? Neither question is easy to answer...
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March 02, 2014 - 8:31 am
Of all the soundtracks that have greeted a reliever on the commute from the bullpen to the mound, it's safe to suggest that the Freakonomics podcast has never been employed. Though an unabashed fan of the series, new Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop is unlikely to buck that trend. Yet in his own way...
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DJ Bean
March 01, 2014 - 5:12 pm
The Bruins’ back end has chosen a bad time to struggle. With just a few days until the NHL ’s trade deadline, Boston’s defense could use this time to prove to Peter Chiarelli that none of its players need to be upgraded and that nothing outside of a depth player or two will be required. The truth...
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DJ Bean
February 28, 2014 - 9:53 pm
WILMINGTON – Chris Kelly knows that Peter Chiarelli has a knack for diagnosing what player his team needs and then going out and getting him. He probably knows that as well as anyone, as Kelly was a trade deadline acquisition back in 2011. “I might be a little biased,” Kelly admitted as he sang the...
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February 27, 2014 - 5:49 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While the shape of the Red Sox roster seems largely settled, there are some players with quite a bit at stake with spring training games ready to get underway. For veterans who are certain of everyday jobs and rotation regulars, games represent an exercise in nothing more than...
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