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02/22/2011 - 6:07pm
Report: Red Sox interested in Chad Durbin

FORT MYERS, Fla. — According to MLB.com's Peter Gammons, the Red Sox are interested in 33-year-old pitcher Chad Durbin and have made the hurler an offer. According to Gammons, the Phillies, Rays and Rangers have also expressed a desire to sign Durbin. The Sox would be looking at Durbin for starting pitching depth.

 

The righty spent the last three seasons with Philadelphia, having gone 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA in 64 appearances out of the Phillies bullpen in 2010. Durbin last started in '07 when he went 8-7 with a 4.72 ERA with the Tigers.

 

For more spring training coverage, see the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


02/22/2011 - 12:29pm
Report: Sox to extend Francona thru 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox "intend to" exercise the two-year option on manager Terry Francona's contract at the end of this season, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com on his twitter page. The option is worth $4.5 million per season and would extend Francona's contract through 2013, if picked up. 

 

"I know nothing about their decision," Francona told Heyman, who was in Fort Myers on assignment Tuesday. 

 

Francona guided the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, his rookie season as a Red Sox skipper. He also led the team to another title in 2007, and has let the Red Sox to the playoffs in five of his seven years as manager.

 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the...

02/22/2011 - 11:41am
Beckett to start (Grapefruit) opener Sunday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Tuesday that Josh Beckett will start Sunday night's official Grapefruit League opener against the Twins at Hammond Stadium. He will be followed by Clay Buchholz in the game. Daisuke Matsuzaka will start against the Twins on Monday afternoon in the City of Palms Park 2011 opener. 

 

"It's the Mayor's Cup so we're going to stack it a little bit," Francona joked.

 

In other news Tuesday from Red Sox camp, closer Jonathan Papelbon is dealing with flu-like symptoms after tending to his wife, who according to Francona, was also sick. "He got through the whole [side session Monday]," Francona said. "He came out today [for umpiring meeting] but we kept him inside for the majority of the day. He was just really feeling it. To bring him out here today would've probably been a mistake."

 

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02/22/2011 - 9:12am
Lucchino: Sox 'going to sign' Gonzalez

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning. Lucchino was first asked about the offseason of the Sox, which saw the club land Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, among others. With the $142 million spent on the Crawford and a reported $154 deal in place for Gonzalez, the Sox will have spent nearly $300 million on the two All-Stars.

 

"We've only spent roughly half of that so far, if you count the Crawford contract and the existing Gonzalez contract," Lucchino said. "You are anticipating what the future contract will be. We're not going to let him get away, we're going to get him signed for sure." 

 

The Sox are considered by many to be the favorites in the American League this season, and Lucchino has high hopes for the team in 2011. But when asked to list his biggest concern for the club, he pointed to the pitching.

 

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02/22/2011 - 8:03am
Mannix on D&C: A Posey return 'possible'

Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the Carmelo Anthony trade to the Knicks and the possibility the Celtics may make a deal before Thursday's trade deadline.

 

Mannix felt that the Anthony trade -- which saw the Knicks give up Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick -- was a "no-brainer" for New York. 

 

"You cannot hold up a deal of this magnitude because you think 24-year-old Timofey Mozgov is going to be a franchise center," Mannix said. "He is not a franchise change player the way Carmelo Anthony is. The only real assets I thought the Knicks gave up in this trade were Danilo Gallinari and a first-round pick. And when you break it down, Carmelo is essentially replacing Gallinari and that first-round pick is going to be somewhere in the late teens, early...

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