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July 8, 2013

Crunch Time

Uehara a finalist

There is still one spot up for grabs on the American League All Star team and Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is in the running.

Uehara is one of five finalists, all relief pitchers, in the “Final Vote”, where fans vote for the player to take the final roster spot on the All Star team. Joining Uehara is David Robertson of the Yankees, Joaquin Benoit of the Tigers, Steve Delabar of the Blue Jays and Tanner Schepper of the Rangers.

Uehara has been the Sox most reliable reliever this season with a 1.93 ERA and five saves in 40 appearances out of the bullpen this season.

One more spot

With the signing of Jarome Iginla on Friday, the Bruins roster for the upcoming season is already starting to take shape. Iginla and newly acquired winger Loui Eriksson, acquired in a trade for Tyler Seguin, figure to play on the top two lines, leaving one vacant spot in the lineup; a replacement for Rich Peverly.

The Bruins have options as they could move Dan Paille up to the third line with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly, the team could also grab another forward to play on that line leaving the fourth line of Paille, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell intact.

In other Bruins news the team is reportedly very close to signing both goalie Tuukka Rask and center Patrice Bergeron to long term deals.

Wiggins sweepstakes

With the recent departures of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers, the Celtics are officially not in the mix for a NBA Title in 2013-2014.

To me there is just one option for the Celtics this season, tank and hope to win the lottery for Andrew Wiggins. That’s not saying the Celtics should lose on purpose, but now would be the time to let some young players play significant minutes, even if they aren’t quite ready to shoulder that kind of load.

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