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07/12/2012 - 8:39pm
Cherington: Red Sox won't be sellers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the Red Sox' voluntary workout at Tropicana Field Thursday evening, general manager Ben Cherington addressed the team's approach as the non-waiver trade deadline draws near, at the end of the month.

Cherington said that while the next weeks should dictate much of the Sox' strategy at the deadline, he doesn't envision a situation in which the team would be trading key elements of its roster.

"I don't envision a scenario where we're sellers, in the traditional sense of the word," he said. "We have some potential surplus in areas we've talked to teams about, and maybe there was ways that could help us now and in the future. But every year in Boston is too important. We're focused on winning this year, and still believe we can.

"I don't think blowing it up makes sense for where we are. There's a lot of talent on the team. We're right in the thick of the wild card chase. We've played very well...

07/12/2012 - 5:21pm
Francona: Sox owners not returning calls

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in an interview on WEEI's The Big Show, said that the reports of Red Sox clubhouse toxicity are "none of my business." That said, he noted some disappointment that Red Sox principal owner John Henry and CEO/president Larry Lucchino have not returned calls that he has placed to them since his return to Boston for the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park.

"I don't talk to them. Again, I've tried a few times. There are some things that are personal, things that were said, things that I've asked them to do. They've never called back. That's just the way that it is," Francona said. "That's personal. There's been some things that I've asked them to do, they've promised, and then I've never heard back from them. So, that's just the way that it goes."

As for whether he has a sense, based on his conversations with current members of the Red Sox, that there are lingering...

07/12/2012 - 5:02pm
Francona: Starting pitching Sox' biggest issue
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox manager and current ESPN baseball analyst Terry Francona joined Michael Holley and Kirk Minihane on The Big Show Thursday to discuss the team and its first-half struggles. 

As they head back from the All-Star break, the Sox are tied with the Blue Jays for last in the American League East with a 43-43 record. Francona said that while the team has had injuries, the likes of Daniel Nava and Scott Podsednik have made up for them, and that the true problem is the team's underachieving starting rotation. 

"I think the easy thing to say is injuries. … Saying that, they've got some unbelievable production out of places that they never thought they would. … Their numbers across the board rank fairly high in the league, like they always do. 

"Now, and this goes back to September, they're a little inconsistent. You'll see a game where they score 10 or 12 runs, and they'll go a couple games where...

07/12/2012 - 3:07pm
Seau's brain tissue donated to research
By: DJ Bean

According to the Associated Press, Junior Seau's family has donated some of the late linebacker's brain tissue to research. 

There had been plenty of speculation as to what would happen to Seau's brain, as questions  were raised as to whether head injuries led to his apparent suicide. The former Patriots linebacker shot himself in the chest in May.

Seau was 43 years old at the time of his death. He had been retired for two years. 

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07/12/2012 - 1:52pm
Valentine: Sox rotation playoff-caliber

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in an interview on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio, discussed the shape of the Sox coming out of the All-Star break. In the broad-ranging interview, he said that he was pleased with the individual performances of players on his team, believed that the Red Sox rotation as currently constructed was good enough to lead the team to the playoffs and said that, after a "magical mystery tour" in search of his swing in the first half, Adrian Gonzalez appeared ready to do some damage in the second half.

He also suggested that he was unsurprised by Kevin Youkilis' strong performance with the White Sox and suggested that the eventual returns of relievers Andrew Bailey and Daniel Bard (neither of which he suggested was going to take place soon) would create some interesting challenges regarding bullpen roles.

Some highlights:

On the team's 43-43 record: "I think it is what it is. I don't want...

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