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Bud Bash Homers Of The Week: A.J. Pierzynski Blasts First Homer As A Red Sox

The best of this week’s homers includes a lead-off blast and a Mike Trout long ball. Boston Red Sox’ A.J. Pierzynski fired a two-run shot to right field during Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees, while Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton slammed a three-run homer to dead center at Miami Park. Stanton has five home runs this season. Also making this week’s highlight reel...
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Report: Patriots Hosting Florida’s Dominique Easley On Pre-Draft Visit

The New England Patriots are showing heavy interest in former Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley. The Patriots were one of 17 teams at Easley’s personal pro day on Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Barlis reported. The Patriots will host Easley on a pre-draft visit, DraftInsider.net’s Tony Pauline reported Thursday. Easley was projected as a first-round pick before tearing his...
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Yasiel Puig Makes Two Amazing Plays And Error In Crazy Inning (Video)

An over-the-shoulder circus catch, a bad error on a routine fly ball and an amazing throw to gun out a runner at second base. All in one inning. Just another day in the life of Yasiel Puig. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder had quite the eventful second inning against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday afternoon, showcasing the best — and worst — of his electrifying talents...
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Ex-Patriots Receiver Donald Jones Now Playing Minor League Baseball

Donald Jones was forced to retire last offseason after undergoing a kidney transplant, so the former New England Patriots wide receiver has switched sports. Jones is playing baseball for the Atlantic League’s Somerset (N.J.) Patriots as an outfielder this season. The independent minor league includes the Sugar Land Skeeters, where former NBA star Tracy McGrady also is attempting...
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Yankees’ Triple-A Affiliate To Wear Hunter-Themed Jerseys (Photo)

The New York Yankees’ Triple-A team will be sporting some unique jerseys Friday night. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will host the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs for Outdoors Night at PNC Field. The night will even include an appearance by Mountain Man of “Duck Dynasty” fame. To complete the evening’s theme, the team is changing up its uniforms for the game. Yankees Triple...
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Patriots’ Continuity On Offensive Line Important With New Position Coach

The New England Patriots are bringing back their starting offensive line for the third straight season, and while the unit struggled at times last season, that continuity can be valuable. The familiarity is already paying off for Logan Mankins, who has a workout buddy in Foxboro this spring — starting right guard Dan Connolly. “We meet every morning at a certain time and get...
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Gabe Kapler: ‘There Is Nowhere On Earth Like Boston For A Player’

Gabe Kapler was one of nine players on the field when the Boston Red Sox won their monumental 2004 World Series championship. Naturally, the former major league outfielder continues to feel bonded to Boston. In a recent FOXSports.com article, Kapler described his connection to the city, writing, “There is nowhere on Earth like Boston for a player.” “I learned after spending...
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Bryce Harper Meets Ted Williams, Babe Ruth In Latest Commercial (Video)

Say what you want about Bryce Harper, but the kid knows how to make a commercial. Shortly after appearing in a rather unique ad in which he crushes a home run ball covered in Gatorade, the Washington Nationals outfielder starred in a cool spot for Major League Baseball that places him in the rarefied presence of baseball’s legends. The clever commercial takes Harper in a time...
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Torey Krug On Bruins Starting Playoffs: ‘It’s Like Christmas Right Now’

Torey Krug is so excited to begin his second playoff run with the Boston Bruins that he compared it to Christmas morning. If Friday night’s Game 1 wasn’t enough reason for a young player like Krug to be full of anticipation, he’s also going up against the team he grew up loving in the Detroit Red Wings. Krug, a Livonia, Mich, native, remembers people in his neighborhood honking...
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WATCH: Munenori Kawasaki talks learning English

Munenori Kawasaki is one enthusiastic ballplayer. The infielder was recalled from the Toronto Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo on Thursday after Maicer Izturis went down with an LCL tear. It appears Kawasaki has been hard at work off the field, too, telling SportsNet Canada he has been studying both English and Spanish every day. The intensity, the passion, the desire...
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Report: Aldon Smith’s Fifth-Year Option Likely Won’t Be Picked Up By 49ers

The 2014 NFL season is still months away, but the San Francisco 49ers reportedly have already decided they do not want Aldon Smith playing with them in 2015. The 49ers are not expected to pick up the 2015 fifth-year option on the former All-Pro outside linebacker, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday. The team has until May 3 to decide on the option. Smith was arrested...
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Patrice Bergeron On Playing Against Pavel Datsyuk: ‘Always A Great Challenge’

BOSTON — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is one of the best two-players in the world, but he’ll be facing a worthy adversary when the B’s begin their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. One of the key matchups will pit Bergeron against another former Selke Trophy winner, Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk. The two have been considered...
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Dustin Pedroia Gets The Latest Red Sox Bobblehead Treatment (Photo)

The bearded bobbleheads are back! After giving each fan in attendance a free David Ortiz bobblehead during an April 7 home game against the Texas Rangers, the Boston Red Sox will roll out their latest version during their seven-game homestand, which starts on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. We're home. 7 game homestand starts tonight! Get this sweet @15Lasershow bobblehead...
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Brad Stevens’ First Season As Celtics Coach ‘Incomplete,’ But Showed Progress

Brad Stevens, usually so confident and well-spoken, hesitated. Asked to grade his own performance in year one, the Boston Celtics coach uncharacteristically tripped over his words. “I would say — I thought I did — um, ‘incomplete.’” he stammered. Promising that he would be his own harshest critic, Stevens found it hard to be very complimentary of his performance in first...
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Patriots’ Likely To Pick Athletic QB Based On Draft History (Mailbag)

What the New England Patriots do with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft is anyone’s guess. This is one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory, and it seems that a trade, either up or down, makes the most sense for the Patriots. If the right player falls, however, the Patriots could be in position to grab that perfect defensive tackle, wide receiver or pass...
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Bruins’ New Promo Captures Intensity Of Playoff Hockey (Video)

The Boston Bruins’ first Stanley Cup playoffs promo — entitled “The Law of the Jungle” — employs a Rudyard Kipling poem to drum up anticipation for what B’s fans hope will be a long postseason push. The team’s latest ad, “The Calm,” uses little more than piano notes and the sound of skate blades, but it is every bit as effective. Feel free to watch them both about...
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Yasiel Puig’s Safety Is A Concern For Dodgers In Wake Of Wild Story

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has a bright future ahead of him in Major League Baseball. If only he could put his dangerous past behind him. A recent feature in ESPN the Magazine that details Puig’s amazing escape from his native country of Cuba has Dodgers players and coaches concerned for the safety of their young star. The feature story reveals how Puig’s harrowing...
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NBA Reporter Craig Sager To Begin Leukemia Treatment, According To Son

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager has been diagnosed with acute leukemia and will begin treatment Friday, according to his son. Craig Sager II tweeted the following Thursday night. My Dad's 3-4-week acute leukemia treatment starts tmrw.Be thinking of him & let's get him back on the sidelines soon http://t.co/5CNI55p2Gx— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 17, 2014...
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Rajon Rondo Jersey Sales Still Booming; Boasts 13th Most Popular NBA Jersey

Coming off their third-worst season in franchise history, record-wise, the Boston Celtics apparently can still move merchandise. Rajon Rondo remained the 13th-most popular NBA player jersey, holding the spot he held early in the season, the league announced. Celtics memorabilia was the sixth-most popular team merchandise, according to the NBA. The rival Los Angeles Lakers also maintained...
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‘One Run For Boston’ Takes Marathon Support Nationwide (Video)

The One Run for Boston reached its completion Wednesday, when hundreds of runners crossed the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street. It was the culmination of a 3,300-mile relay race that stretched from Los Angeles to Boston, with thousands of runners participating in the name of raising money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. For more on the inspiring journey...
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Mike Babcock Is A Constant In Red Wings’ Injury-Plagued Season (Video)

As the lowest seed to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Red Wings have their work cut out for them in their quarterfinal series against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins. Detroit seems up to the challenge, though, thanks in large part to the stabilizing presence of head coach Mike Babcock. The Red Wings head man, who is the only coach...
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Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille Would Be Significant Losses For Bruins (Video)

When the Boston Bruins open the Stanley Cup playoffs Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, they might be doing so without two of their most experienced forwards. Third-line center Chris Kelly and fourth-liner Daniel Paille both are nursing injuries and could sit out Game 1 against the Wings. Their absence would leave a void not only in the bottom-six forward group but also on the...
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Danny Ainge: Rajon Rondo will play for Celtics next season

People keep asking. Danny Ainge keeps answering. And answering, and answering. Countless times over the past year, the Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations has been asked if he is planning to trade point guard Rajon Rondo. Invariably, Ainge has said no, although he adds the standard caveat about always keeping his options open for a deal that knocks him to the floor...
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Mike Tyson Throws First Pitch At Pirates Game, Fakes An Ear Bite (Video)

Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson stopped by PNC Park on Thursday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Tyson is in Pittsburgh for a Friday boxing event set up by his Iron Mike Productions, but he managed to have a little fun out of the ring during an on-field photo opportunity. The boxer threw a strike over the plate and then posed for a picture...
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Maxim Lapierre Keeps Game Alive For Blues With Leg Save In OT (Video)

It’s hard enough to score in overtime of a Stanley Cup playoff game, especially when St. Louis Blues goaltender Ryan Miller is in net. When two players are between the pipes, it’s virtually impossible. The Blues proved that point in the first overtime of Thursday night’s thriller against Chicago Blackhawks in the opening game of their Western Conference quarterfinal series...
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