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WEEI's coverage of the latest news and rumors about the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.

Rob Bradford
April 04, 2014 - 7:10 am
Stop for a minute. Forget about Jon Lester's contract, the Milwaukee Brewers or any fretting that goes with knowing Xander Bogaerts still will be represented by Scott Boras six years from now. Stop the discussion regarding Fenway Park improvements, or why parking costs so much. No complaining about...
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Rob Bradford
April 03, 2014 - 3:26 am
BALTIMORE -- He knows the deal. He wants to change the deal. Mike Napoli can talk about getting fired up when those intentional walks are issued to David Ortiz just a few feet away. The first baseman can come away from such moments with the kind of results Wednesday night presented -- ripping a two...
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DJ Bean
April 03, 2014 - 12:32 am
Jarome Iginla got out of his comfort zone Wednesday night. He watched a game. With Iginla missing the contest against the Red Wings with what the Bruins called a “lower-body injury” ( Claude Julien said it’s nothing that would have kept him out of a playoff game), Iginla missed a game due to injury...
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DJ Bean
April 02, 2014 - 8:20 am
When Reilly Smith was leading the Bruins in goals in early January and on pace to push for a 30-goal season, general manager Peter Chiarelli -- the guy who knew better than others that Smith would be a very good NHL player -- cautioned that “half a season does not a player make.” Those same words...
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April 02, 2014 - 4:17 am
BALTIMORE -- Miraculous? The term seems a bit too strong -- but only a bit. Grady Sizemore , a player who arrived in Red Sox camp with absolutely no expectations this spring, is assuming the central standing of a star. It is as if he wandered into the clubhouse wielding a bat named Wonderboy and is...
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Rob Bradford
April 01, 2014 - 6:39 am
BALTIMORE -- It's been more than two years since Boston has seen one of its teams up there. On the podium, just behind the president, punctuating a world championship in suits while laughing at jokes from the world's most powerful man and waiting to execute a memorable handshake. That was the...
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April 01, 2014 - 6:20 am
BALTIMORE -- Yes, Jon Lester took the loss on Opening Day in the Red Sox ' 2-1 defeat, but he looked very much like the pitcher whom the Red Sox want and need him to be. He was powerful over the course of his seven innings, showing an ability to mow through the Orioles lineup (save for Nelson Cruz...
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March 31, 2014 - 10:00 am
BALTIMORE -- The maturity of Xander Bogaerts, his evident comfort in the spotlight, is so compelling that it is sometimes easy to forget how quickly his baseball career is taking shape. But as he prepared for his first Opening Day in the big leagues, the 21-year-old remained mindful of his path. "...
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March 31, 2014 - 2:00 am
BALTIMORE – With a new baseball season upon us, it is time for those in the know at WEEI -- or at least those who pretend to be such -- to make their fearless predictions. One “participant” in the process -- Red Sox beat writer Alex Speier -- felt it necessary to articulate the objections to the...
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Rob Bradford
March 31, 2014 - 1:53 am
"One hundred and 62. That's my goal. I want to play every day." -- Shane Victorino in mid-March BALTIMORE -- Intentions aren't the problem. That's the last thing you worry about when it comes to Shane Victorino (or these Red Sox ). Uncertainty regarding what awaits, however ... that's another story...
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