Bedard signs one-year deal with Pirates


Bedard signs one-year deal with Pirates

DALLAS Erik Bedard signed a one-year, 4.5 million contract with the Pirates Wednesday. The Sox acquired the left-hander in a three-team deal at the trading deadline, sending three minor leaguers to the Dodgers and another to the Mariners.

With the Sox, Bedard posted a record of 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA in eight starts. His time with the Sox was uneven. He did not go more than six innings in any of his starts, but gave up more than three earned runs just once, a 4-0 loss to the Rangers on Aug. 22. He missed 16 days in September because of a sore knee, returning to face the Orioles on Sept. 20, lasting just 2 23 innings, tying John Danks for a major-league high 51 pitches in one inning in 2011.

The Sox re-signed lefty Andrew Miller Tuesday, but general manager Ben Cherington said they did not consider bringing back Bedard.

We didnt have a lot of substantive conversations with him, Cherington said. We enjoyed our time with Erik. It didnt end up the way he wanted. It didnt end the way we wanted it. Good guy and a talented guy. It seems like he got himself in a good spot.

For two months of Bedards service, the Sox gave up:

Right-hander Juan Rodriguez, who turns 23 next week, and was a combined 3-5 (4.38) between Sox and Dodgers Single-A teams.

Right-hander Stephen Fife, who turned 25 in October and went a combined 14-4 between Sox and Dodgers Double-A teams. The Dodgers added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

Catcher Tim Federowicz, who turned 24 in August, and was considered highly by the Sox for his defense. He hit .277 with eight home runs and 52 RBI in 90 games for Double-A Portland, and .325 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 25 games for the Dodgers Triple-A Albuquerque, throwing out a combined 37 percent (30 of 81) of attempted basestealers.

Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang, who turns 24 in February, who hit a combined .302 with 18 home runs and 86 RBI between the Sox and Mariners Double-A teams.

At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics


At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

The Celtics are getting more than they bargained for against the Philadelphia 76ers who are once again, record-wise, among the worst teams in the NBA.

They didn’t look like it in the first half which ended with the Celtics trailing the Sixers 53-45.

Boston came into the game having won its last four road games. And they did so by playing solid defense, something that has been noticeably absent in the first half.

Philadelphia came into the game as one of the NBA’s better 3-point shooting teams and has lived up to the lofty ranking.

In the first half Philadelphia made nine of its 18 three-point attempts while the Celtics are way, way, way at the other end of the 3-point shooting spectrum while missing eight of their 11 3s with Isaiah Thomas making a pair with the lone other made 3-pointer coming from Marcus Smart.

The defense struggled, the offense never had any kind of flow and not surprisingly, the Celtics found themselves playing from behind most of the first half.

Here are the first half stars from Saturday’s game.


Sergio Rodriguez: His playmaking was solid as usual, but it was Rodriguez getting it going with his jumper that really produced surprisingly strong results for the Sixers. He had 11 points, four assists and a steal in the first half.

Isaiah Thomas: Playing his game which is shooting and attacking the rim, Thomas was Boston’s lone double-digit scorer in the first half with 15 points which is tops among all players.


Dario Saric: It was a solid first half as Saric contributed both on the boards and the scoreboard. He had 10 points in the first half along with five rebounds.

Gerald Henderson: Henderson had one of those high efficiency-type games with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.


Celtics 3-point shooting: It was a miserable first half for a team that has been among the NBA’s leaders in 3-pointers made and taken this season. At the half, Boston has shot 2-for-10 on 3's.

Celtics defense: Boston has shown little to no signs of providing the kind of push-back they’ll need in order to leave Philly with a win. In addition to allowing Philadelphia to shoot 47.4 percent from the field, Boston also allowed the Sixers to knock down nine 3's.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17


Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game: