Red Sox 'expect' Beckett to pitch Saturday


Red Sox 'expect' Beckett to pitch Saturday

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Not all of the thumb injury news is catastrophic for the Red Sox.
While Andrew Bailey seems headed for surgery that could sideline, according to a source, three to four months, starter Josh Beckett is still on target to make his scheduled start in the second game of the season Saturday in Detroit.
Beckett, like Bailey, was due to be examined by specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland Tuesday. But the visit seems designed to provide Beckett more with peace of mind after getting another consultation with a specialist in San Antonio Monday.
"Josh has had some soreness off-and-on this spring that he's pitched through,'' said general manager Ben Cherington. "We took the opportunity in the time between his last outing, an extended side he threw in Fort Myers and (the second game of the season in Detroit) to try let him gather as much information as possible so we can help him manage it as best as possible.''
Beckett threw a side session Sunday in Fort Myers, then flew to Texas and on to Ohio to make sure the thumb wasn't going to be a hinderance.
"He's not that concerned about it. We expect him to pitch (the second game), '' said Cherington. "So, it's mostly information-gathering at this point.''
Cherington added that a nagging innjury of this sort "isn't atypical for any player . . . you have something and it crops up from time-to-time and you have to manage it and he's managing it . . . It's something he's been able to pitch through and he's been pitching with, so we're not that concerned.''
The GM added that Beckett has not been restricted from throwing any particular pitch, including his curveball, which is a big part of his repertoire.
"He threw his curveball plenty this spring,'' said Cherington, "and threw it effectively, so I don't think there's any one pitch he's not going to use. He's evolved as a pitcher, but he's not eliminating anything.''

Curran’s 100 plays that shaped a dynasty: A nice pair of kicks


Curran’s 100 plays that shaped a dynasty: A nice pair of kicks

We're into the Top 10 now.

These are the plays of the Bill Belichick Era you best never forget. And probably can't. They're the ones that led directly to championships -- most for New England, a couple for the other guys. Or they're plays that signified a sea change in the way the New England Patriots under Belichick would be behaving from there on out.

I did my best to stack them in order of importance. You got a problem with that? Good. Let us know what's too high, too low or just plain wrong. And thanks for keeping up!


THE YEAR: 2001 (actually Feb. 3, 2002)

THE GAME: Patriots 20, Rams 17

THE PLAY: Vinatieri 48-yarder in Superdome delivers SB36 win

WHY IT’S HERE: When the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, it was viewed nationally and locally as a cathartic moment for a long-suffering region. Deliverance for a fanbase that resolutely suffered through 90 years of star-crossed heartbreak with a mix of stoicism and fatalism. “Long-suffering Red Sox fan” was a badge of honor, an identity. And New Englanders – baseball fans or not - would self-identify with the hideous notion of Red Sox Nation. There was no “Patriots Nation.” To drag out the forced metaphor, Patriots fans were living in tents and cabins in the wilderness, recluses. Reluctant to be seen in town where they’d be mocked. And suddenly, they cobbled together one of the most improbable, magical seasons in American professional sports, a year which gave birth to a dynasty which was first celebrated, now reviled but always respected. And while so many games and plays led to this 48-yarder – ones we’ve mentioned 12 times on this list – Adam Vinatieri kicking a 48-yarder right down the f****** middle to win the Super Bowl was an orgasmic moment for the recluses and pariahs that had been Patriots fans when nobody would admit to such a thing.


THE YEAR: 2001 (actually Jan. 19, 2002)

THE GAME: Patriots 16, Raiders 13

THE PLAY: Vinatieri from 45 through a blizzard to tie Snow Bowl

WHY IT’S HERE: Two thoughts traveling on parallel tracks were running through the mind while Adam Vinatieri trotted onto the field and lined up his 45-yarder to tie Oakland in the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the final one at Foxboro Stadium. “There’s no way he can make this kick in this weather,” was the first. “The way this season’s gone, I bet he makes this kick. It can’t end here. It can’t end now.” From where I was sitting in the press box I couldn’t see the ball clearly, probably because I was looking for it on a higher trajectory than Vinatieri used. So I remember Vinatieri going through the ball, my being unable to locate it in the air and then looking for the refs under the goalposts to see their signal. And when I located them, I saw the ball scuttle past. Then I saw the officials’ arms rise. Twenty-five years earlier, the first team I ever followed passionately – the ’76 Patriots – left me in tears when they lost to the Raiders in the playoffs. Now, at 33, I was covering that team and it had gotten a measure of retribution for the 8-year-old me.


Report: Celtics to bring back Gerald Green with one-year deal


Report: Celtics to bring back Gerald Green with one-year deal

The Celtics will sign free agent Gerald Green, the guard they drafted with the 18th overall pick back in 2005, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported.

Green, 30, played for the Miami Heat last season and averaged 8.9 points a game. Deveney reports Green will sign a one-year guaranteed contract. 

Green has been well-traveled since being traded by the Celtics in the Kevin Garnett deal in 2007, the year he won the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest. He has played for seven other NBA teams and played two seasons in Russia. His best season was 2013-14 in Phoenix when he averaged 15.8 points a game for the Suns. 

Deveney also reports that sources around the league continue to indicate the Celtics are looking to make a trade for a "star-caliber type" player. Last week, he reported on their interest in the Clippers' Blake Griffin.