Breaking – Source: Rivers staying - Steve Bulpett reports.
Apologies on the tardiness, an early-morning work emergency kept me away from here thus far. I see that you guys have been busy in the comment section under the previous post, however…
David Ortiz hit a three-run blast off Rays starter James Shields to get things started for the Red Sox offense as they powered to an 8-5 win over Tampa last night at Fenway Park. Check out RedSoxLinks.com for ALL the coverage.
The bigger story this morning involved Celtics captain Paul Pierce, who has opted out of the final year of his contract and will be a free agent when the period opens tonight at midnight.
Here’s a fast five-ish links for the afternoon:
Danny Ainge: We’re still negotiating with Paul Pierce - Mark Murpy has Danny Ainge trying to get something done with Pierce.
Despite opt-out, expect Pierce to stay - A. Sherrod Blakely expects Pierce to stay right here. Ian Thomsen of SI was on WEEI today and said that Dallas might make a push for Pierce if he is available.
Free agent frenzy - In an article posted later in the morning, Paul Flannery looks at realistic FA options for the Celtics.
The Truth? Pierce decision may be a blessing - Tony Massarotti thinks Pierce opting out is a good thing for the Celtics. Masserotti and Michael Felger have been talking for weeks about the probability of Pierce opting out, well before it was being discussed by many others.
Keep up with everything Celtics on the team dashboard at CelticsLinks.com.
Epstein keeping a healthy outlook - Joe McDonald says that the Red Sox GM isn’t fazed by the rash of injuries to his club.