Beltran to Boston?

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Beltran to Boston?

According Jon Heyman's twitter feed, the Red Sox are considered favorites to sign Carlos Beltran.

Let me be the first hope that those considerations are false.

Is this really what the Red Sox need next year?

A 35-year-old (in April), introverted outfielder, who's on the downside of a career in which he's made 150M?

I know he did all right after moving to San Francisco at the deadline; he hit .322 with the Giants. In fact, over the course of 142 games in 2011, Beltran was all together pretty solid. He hit .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. It was his best season in three years.

But it was also a contract year for an aging outfielder, who's already made more than enough money playing this game. That's not what the Sox are looking for. They need guys who are eager; guys who will fight and play like their careers depend on it

If the Sox aren't satisfied with ReddickKalish, they're better off rolling the dice with a Ryan Ludwick, Cody Ross or even someone like David DeJesus. Someone with grit and personality.

Not a guy who can so easily fall back on past achievement and riches; certainly not a guy whose Twitter avatar looks like this.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
 
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
 
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
 
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
 
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
 
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
 
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”