Cherington confirms Maine signing


Cherington confirms Maine signing

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed that the Red Sox have signed veteran righthander John Maine to a minor league deal and invited the pitcher to spring training.

Maine hasn't pitched in the big league since 2010 after undergoing shoulder surgery. Maine, 30, sports a 41-36 record with a 4.35 ERA in seven seasons spent with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets.

He spent last year at Triple A Colorado Springs, going 1-3 with a 7.43 in 11 starts.

"We're going to give him an opportunity to come and pitch as a reliever," said Cherington, "and see what he looks like. He's a guy who's had a lot of success in the big leagues. He's battled injuries but we think he's on his way back. We'll see what he does in spring training. We're looking forward to working with him.

"Other than that, we have no expectations. We just have to see what we have in spring training."

Cherington said Maine's velocity has returned to the low 90s.

"We'll see how he bounces back," said Cherington. "We'll see how he does when he gets into spring training. But he's had success in the past. We'll get to him know him better."

Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer


Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer

With the passing of Arnold Palmer, CSN's Kevin Walsh looks back on an unforgettable encounter he had with the golf legend

It was May 2000.  I had just finished playing golf at Pebble Beach.  I walked out of the clubhouse and a Lincoln Town Car pulled up to the putting green, Arnold Palmer hopped out. It was as if he’d fallen out of the sky. 

I had my tape recorder with me and asked if I could ask him a few questions about being a caddy in his younger years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. 

“Yes, but I have only about five minutes,” he said.

I was very nervous and having trouble putting the cassette tape into the recorder.  He eventually took it out of my hands and did it for me. 

My nerves were gone.

So we’re talking and the door to The Lodge bursts open and a guy yells “Hey Arnold!  We’re in the bar having a beer!”

“Well,” Arnold yells back, “Order me one!”

Arnold was hard of hearing.  He saddled up next to me, and tilted his head so I could talk right into his ear. I couldn’t believe I was talking directly into Arnold Palmer’s ear. He was practically stepping on my feet. He wore tiny hearing aids that were only visible if you were as close as I was.

After ten minutes of talking, I reminded him that he had friends waiting, and a beer that was probably warm by that time.  He wanted to make sure that I had enough.  I did and I was beaming.  I’m not sure my feet touched the ground on the walk back to the car.  

Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87


Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.

On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.