Damon's quest for 3,000 raising red flags

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Damon's quest for 3,000 raising red flags

See Johnny. See Johnny run. See Johnny hit.

See Johnny talk his way out of baseball.

No, no, Johnny Damon hasn't gone that far . . . yet. But Joel Sherman of the New York Post had an interesting story today in which he quotes several executives as saying Damon's "fixation with 3,000 career hits" may be preventing some teams -- the Yankees, specifically -- from bringing him aboard as a part-time, left-handed hitting DH.

According to Sherman, these executives say Damon, who is 277 hits away from 3,000, has become less disciplined at the plate as he attempts to get hits in lieu of walks, which has caused an alarming drop in his on-base percentage (from a career mark of .355 to .326 last year). They also fear he'll become a problem in the clubhouse if "he does not get the kind of full-time at-bats he needs if he is going to reach 3,000 hits by the end of next season".

Damon apparently feels -- and probably correctly -- that 3,000 hits might just gain him admittance to the Hall of Fame. And the fear is that a player who's always been team-first might become (or might already have become) me-first at a time when his skills no longer justify a full-time role.

Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

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Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.

The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.

Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.

Pierce tweets after final NBA game: 'The ride was unreal'

Pierce tweets after final NBA game: 'The ride was unreal'

After 19 seasons Paul Pierce's career has come to an end.

The former captain of the Boston Celtics sent out a series of tweets after his final game, thanking everyone for their support during is career.