Crawford: 'Me and Bobby Valentine have no hard feelings'

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Crawford: 'Me and Bobby Valentine have no hard feelings'

FORT MYERS, Fla. Carl Crawford arrived at Red Sox camp Monday. And despite the left wrist on which he had surgery in January, manager Bobby Valentine liked what he saw of Crawford.

I didnt know he was there, Valentine said. I just walked around the corner, there he was, throwing the ball. It was great to see him. His health looks much better than I expected. Im pleasantly surprised.

Crawford was the target last season of some of Valentines pointed criticism as an analyst for ESPN. The manager, though, is not concerned about any lingering discomfort.

I think its cleared up, Valentine said. And if its not, I dont think its a big deal anyway. I think hes ready to play baseball. He had the great look in his eye. Hes a great athlete. Looks like hes going to have good health.

Crawford, for his part, also said it was no longer an issue.

"That's his job to do stuff like that on TV,'' said Crawford. "I kind of understand how that goes. I'm playing for him as a manager and I'm pretty sure he doesn't feel like that way. It's just stuff you have to say when you're on TV, so me and Bobby have no hard feelings.

"We both share a common goal and that's to help the Red Sox win.''

One of Valentines criticisms focused on Crawfords exaggerated open batting stance, which he worked on in the offseason.

His agent told me that he had worked on some things and wed like it, Valentine said. Hes not swinging yet. As long as he has a good image of himself, thats all that matters.

How soon Crawford will be able to get back in games remains to be seen. He said Monday heis hopeful he will be ready for Opening Day.But, after seeing him in the outfield, Valentine checked with the trainers to be sure Crawford was cleared for such activity.

I went in, talked to them after I saw Carl throwing. To make sure he had clearance to throw, which he did, Valentine said. And their latest was hes about some time away from swinging. So upon evaluation after they see him firsthand Im sure Tuesday morning theyll tell me what that some time is.

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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas continues recruitment of Durant with tweet

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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas continues recruitment of Durant with tweet

With the Celtics reportedly in the running in the Kevin Durant Derby, C's guard Isaiah Thomas is continuing his recruiting pitch with this playful tweet.

Thomas said in a radio interview earlier this week that the Celtics "definitely have a shot" at landing Durant and a few months ago, Thomas' essay in the Players Tribune is perhaps his best sales job of all. 


 

Red Sox call up RHP Cuevas, send Marrero to Pawtucket

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Red Sox call up RHP Cuevas, send Marrero to Pawtucket

With the Red Sox bullpen taxed in recent days by pitching 18 1/3 innings the past four games, including a short outing Friday night by starter David Price, right-hander William Cuevas was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and infielder Deven Marrero was sent down.

Cuevas, 25, made one relief appearance for Boston (allowing two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings in his major league debut April 21) and had been starting at Pawtucket (4-3, 3.30 ERA in 12 starts). He pitched 5 1/3 innings on Sunday. He'll be available out of the bullpen tonight as the Red Sox continue their three-game series in Texas. 

Marrero, 25, appeared in four games and went 1-for-7 in his latest stint in Boston.
 

Bruins select hard-nosed D-man Lindgren with second-round pick

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Bruins select hard-nosed D-man Lindgren with second-round pick

BUFFALO – The Bruins went back for another young defenseman with the 49th overall pick in the second round and drafted Minnesota-born Ryan Lindgren, who will be playing for the Gophers this season as another college hockey product in the B’s system.

The 6-foot, 198-pound Lindgren is a hard-nosed, high-character defenseman that didn’t blow away scouts with any one tool, but was solid with six goals and 25 points in 61 games for the US National Development Team Program Under-18 team last season.

Lindgren has good hockey bloodlines as the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren and would be more of a solid all-around defenseman rather than an offensive D-man like first-round pick Charlie McAvoy.

“I honestly could not be more excited,” said Lindgren. “They are one of the teams that seemed like they had a lot of interest in me. When you get selected by a team like the Boston Bruins, everyone knows what a great organization they are. I really could not be more excited.

“I think I’m a leader on and off the ice, and bring a good compete level. I bring it every day. I think more of a defensive defenseman, but I think I’ve got some offensive ability in my game as well. I’m a guy who’s going to be physical, going to bring it every game, block shots. [I am] going to do what he has to do to help the team.”

The choice of Lindgren is a nice bounce-back pick for the Bruins on Day 2 after reaching a bit for Trent Frederic at the end of the first round on Friday night. The Bruins could end up regretting that choice if second-round picks such as Alex DeBrincat or Pascal Laberge end up developing into high-end forwards in the NHL.