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BOSTON –– Once a highly touted pitcher, Mark Prior will attempt to reinvent himself with the Red Sox. After evaluating Prior two weeks ago in Fort Myers, the Red Sox inked the 31-year-old to a minor-league deal on Tuesday. General manager Ben Cherington envisions the right-hander as a potential reliever. “He looked good, the velocity’s …

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Jason Licht took a promotion Wednesday, leaving his perch as the Patriots’ director of pro personnel to take over as the Cardinals’ director of player personnel. You’re probably staring at each title and wondering how one is better than the other, and that would be a normal reaction. The difference, basically, is Licht’s new title …

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The main storyline for the Red Sox this week seems to be what’s up with Kevin Youkilis. With the Red Sox third baseman fighting back pain, Boston has made some roster moves to get the lineup on track while Youkilis is out. Don Orsillo and Peter Gammons talk about Jose Iglesias rejoining the Sox, Junichi …

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Vince Young showed some promise at the quarterback position during the 2011 season. And soon he could find himself taking snaps in the AFC East. The Buffalo Bills are set to work out Young on Wednesday, according to an ESPN report. The move would provide the Bills with solid insurance and depth at the position …

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John Smoltz might be a Hall of Fame pitcher, but his skills apparently don’t translate very well to go-kart racing. The former Atlanta Braves pitcher (who also had a brief stint with the Red Sox) was driving one during taping for CBS’ TV show The Players Club, when he apparently lost control of the vehicle …

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BOSTON –– The Red Sox have called up reinforcements. With Kevin Youkilis battling a stiff back, the team recalled shortstop Jose Iglesias to provide extra protection in the infield. But the Red Sox haven’t placed Youkilis on the disabled list –– yet –– and plan to monitor the third baseman’s status. To meet roster requirements, …

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Bryce Harper can hit a baseball. This much we know. Now, after he was spotted playing slow-pitch softball near the Washington Monument, we also know that he can do that, too. NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette thought he would ask our Twitter followers what other current major league players would be the ideal softball player. Spoiler …

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The latest The Dark Knight Rises trailer is out, and obviously the Internet is going bonkers about it like the Internet is wont to do. At first glance, this might not have anything to do with baseball, but upon closer examination, there is a little bit of a parallel between how Batman is handling his …

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David Booth wasn’t with the Canucks when they lost to the Bruins in last year’s Stanley Cup Final. He wasn’t even in the lineup the only time the teams faced each other again this season — he was sidelined with a sprained right knee when the Canucks returned to the Garden in January. But the …

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Final 9th, Athletics 5-3: From a standpoint of pitching, Doubront had his stuff working for him. His changeup was devastating and helped him rack up eight strikeouts, but his fastball apparently wasn’t as sharp as he’d want it to be. Jarrod Parker, meanwhile, stepped up and shut down a potent Red Sox lineup in this …

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