Bailey gives up run in Red Sox debut

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Bailey gives up run in Red Sox debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Bailey made his Red Sox Grapefruit League debut Monday afternoon against the Marlins, although not in his expected ninth-inning slot as it will be in the regular season.

Bailey pitched one inning, the sixth. Facing six batters, he gave up a run on three hits with a wild pitch. Bailey allowed hits to the first three batters he faced a double to Omar Infante, and singles to Austin Kearns and Aaron Rowand to score Infante, before getting out of the jam. He got Chris Coghlan to pop out to Mike Aviles at shortstop. Terry Tiffee reached on a fielders choice, with Kearns getting thrown out trying to score. And Matt Dominquez grounded out to Kevin Youkilis at third.

First guy, hit a double and immediately your mind switches to that closers mentality where you never want to blow a game, Bailey said. It doesnt matter for me if its in spring training. So for me it was kind of cool to have your first outing be that kind of tight of a ballgame and for me kind of act like it was regular season. And obviously I have some things to work on. Thats why we start with spring training. But it was nice to get in that situation. But for me you never want to give up runs no matter what inning you pitch.

I felt comfortable out there. Kind of normal, for me just the first outing in spring. And obviously had the mindset of going in and working on things. Soon as a guy gets on base that switches gears. So it was fun.

Bailey had been delayed this spring by a lat strain suffered during the vertical leap portion of his psychical early in camp. He came through his first outing fine.

Nothing hurt. No this is just all for show, he said, joking about a large ice pack on his right shoulder. No, I feel great. Like is said its great to be back out there. Obviously with the little lat thing, kind of frustrating. But its good that it happened when it did, in early part of spring. And hopefully I dont have to vertical jump next year.

Manager Bobby Valentine was satisfied with Baileys outing.

Andrew was able to go out there and start it and get off the mound, Valentine said. He feels healthy right now and thats a big step forward. Thats good. Now, Id rather have him strike everyone out and miss all the bats. But bats happened to find the ball a couple of times today.

Bailey, who would like to pitch seven or eight innings in spring training, believes he has enough time to get ready for Opening Day.

Yeah, yeah, for sure, he said. Theres plenty of opportunities to get in games. I shouldnt miss too much. I think some of the guys are even scheduled extra off day here or there. And for me Ill just keep on going through and get ready for Opening Day.

We have him scheduled for seven or so innings, Valentine said. If we have to back to back depending on how he feels. Hell have enough.

At some point he is likely to pitch more than one inning.

Hes slated for a two-inning outing once but well see, Valentine said. In a perfect world I always like a guy to throw one more inning than hes going to be asked to do during the season, other than 10 for starters. Just so they have it in their mind, at least go back out that other inning, just to know that you can do it.

Bailey knows he is taking the place of Jonathan Papelbon, the most prolific closer in Red Sox history. But he is not pressured by that.

I know what he did here obviously, the all-time save leader here, Bailey said. For me its a new opportunity in my career. So for me the pressure is what you put on yourself and in my eyes its an opportunity in my career to further my career and pitch for the greatest franchise in baseball. So Im just excited about that.

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. Knicks

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Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. Knicks

BOSTON – Both New York and Boston will take to the floor tonight minus a starter courtesy of a sore Achilles injury.

For Celtics guard Avery Bradley, tonight will be the fifth time in the last six games that his right Achilles injury will keep him sidelined.

Meanwhile, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis will miss his fourth straight game with a sore left Achilles injury.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis averages 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Porzingis’ absence tonight was established well before tip-off.

“I’d say I’m 90 percent ready; still not there yet,” Porzingis told reporters prior to the game. “But I’m getting closer … hopefully the next game or after the next game.”

As far as Bradley is concerned, he was a last-minute matter.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was asked about his roster earlier tonight, and indicated Tyler Zeller (sinus) and James Young (ankle) would be on the inactive list tonight with injuries.

Without Bradley, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart who has filled in as the team’s starter previously when the 6-foot-2 Bradley was unavailable.

 Bradley is the Celtics' second-leading scorer with 17.7 points per game this season, along with a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists. 

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

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Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.