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11/19/2010 - 4:20pm
Law: Don't trade Kelly for Adrian Gonzalez

Keith Law of ESPN.com joined the Minor Details Podcast to discuss the Red Sox' prospect inventory and the team's potential chips to make deals this offseason. While Law suggested that the team's prospect depth will allow it to talk with most clubs about nearly any player available, he felt that the Sox should not trade a player like top prospect Casey Kelly in exchange for a player whom they would only have under control for one year such as Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is eligible for free agency after 2011.

 

"In the Red Sox' division, I wonder if they're ever really high enough of a probability of making the playoffs that it's worth giving up prospect depth," said Law. "You could probably look at Kelly and say he could be in the big leagues in 2012. Maybe not with the Red Sox, but he's not that far away. ... Casey Kelly is not untouchable for me, but he's pretty darn close to it. I don't think I'd trade...

11/19/2010 - 4:06pm
Tate, Ohrnberger miss practice with flu

FOXBORO -- Wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger both missed Friday's practice due to the flu, according to a tweet from the Patriots. 

 

Also missing were cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hip), and defensive lineman Myron Pryor (back). Safety Jarrad Page (calf) returned for the first time since injuring himself during the San Diego game on Oct. 24. 

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


11/19/2010 - 1:37pm
Savard cleared to practice with Bruins
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday morning that Marc Savard is cleared to practice with the Bruins but will not take physical contact.

 

"This morning he passed one of the tests, which was a conditioning test, so he's able to practice with the team, non-contact, so he can do line drills and non-contact drills," Chiarelli said, "so that's good news."

 

Savard, who has not played or practiced with the team this season due to post-concussion syndrome, will also travel with the team.

 

"It's very good news. If Marc were to have his druthers, he'd be back with the team two weeks ago. That's what Marc's all about," Chiarelli said. "It's good news. We're on a crunch of games here it seems where it looks like we're in a compressed schedule here, so it will be good to get a player of his caliber back. This is a real positive...

11/19/2010 - 10:19am
Schefter on D&C: Can't underestimate Colts

Speaking to The Dennis & Callahan Show, ESPN's Adam Schefter offered a warning regarding the Patriots' upcoming opponent, the injury-riddled Indianapolis Colts. "I look at them as a team as long as they have that quarterback [Peyton Manning] they have a chance," Schefter said. "THey're not as good, I don't think, as some of the other Colts teams in recent years, but that's probably as much due to injury as anything else."

 

Schefter also discussed the lack of buzz surrounding the Colts meeting with the Patriots, which usually serves as one of the marquee games of the entire NFL season.

 

"I think it's got upstaged by a number of other factors in the league," he said. "I think the explosion of Michael Vick has drawn so much attention. The controversy surrounding Donovan McNabb has drawn so much attention. It seems like we live in a world where controversy sells better than interesting....

11/19/2010 - 8:57am
Mashup: Henry tries 'Moneyball' with soccer

Red Sox owner John Henry has hired Damien Comolli, a friend of A's general manager Billy Beane, to do a "Moneyball"-style analysis of his new soccer team, but there is skepticism that it will work with Liverpool FC. "I don't think there's a business anywhere in the world which is not using metrics, not as a template for success but as a tool," Beane insisted. "All sports are about numbers, and it's just a question of finding which ones correlate to a particular sport." Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


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