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Ciriaco's impressive spring continues


Ciriaco's impressive spring continues

FORT MYERS, Fla. Pedro Ciriaco entered Mondays game against the Marlins batting .556, going 5-for-9 in seven Grapefruit League games this spring. He only got one hit in the game, going 1-for-2, lowering his average to .545, but it was the hit that counted a two-run, walk-off home run in the 10th inning, as the Red Sox beat the Marlins, 5-3.

Ciriaco, who signed with the Sox as a free agent in December, was originally signed by the Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent from Puerto Rico in 2003. He made his big league debut in 2010 with the Pirates, and appeared in 31 major league games with Pittsburgh over the last two seasons.

This spring he has played second base, third base, and shortstop for the Sox.

While he may not be among the more heralded players in camp this spring, his play has not gone unnoticed.

Im very impressed, said manager Bobby Valentine. Hes stolen bases when hes been asked to steal. Hes made the plays defensively. Hes bunted extremely well for base hits. He had a hit and run. And today he hits a home run to win the game. So theres nothing else that he can do to impress people. He had like one bad at-bat since hes been here, where he swung at a slider with a 2-2 count that was a little outside. But hes pretty good.

Yale beats Harvard 24-3 in 'The Game'


Yale beats Harvard 24-3 in 'The Game'

Kurt Rawlings threw for 177 yards and a touchdown to lead Yale over rival Harvard 24-3 on Saturday at Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn., securing the Bulldogs' first outright Ivy League championship in 37 years.

Yale beat its rival for the second year in a row, this time capping a 9-1 season (6-1 in the Ivy League) and running its all-time record in the series known as "The Game" to 67-59-8. It's the first time the Bulldogs have won two in a row in the rivalry since a three-year winning streak from 1998-2000. Yale went 3-7 last season.

Yale's defense held Harvard (5-5, 3-4 Ivy) to 164 total yards, sacked Harvard QB Jake Smith six times and forced four Crimson turnovers, including a fumble that was returned 19 yards for a touchdown by the Bulldogs' Malcolm Dixon.