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11/19/2010 - 5:19pm
Source: Sox 'undecided' on post for Nishioka

According to a major league source familiar with the situation, as of Friday afternoon the Red Sox were still "undecided" regarding whether they will be submitting a bid for the rights to negotiate with Japanese middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was posted by the Chiba Lotte Marines. Teams have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit bids in regards to Nishioka, a 26-year-old switch-hitter who won the Japanese Pacific League batting title with a .346 average in 2010.

 

While Nishioka has played shortstop throughout his professional career, some believe he would be better suited for second base in the major leagues. The Red Sox did draw interest at the recent GM meetings in Orlando for shorstop Marco Scutaro, who is scheduled to earn $5 million next season, while holding a $6 million team option, or $3 million player option for 2012.

 

Part of any hesitation regarding attempting to secure the services of Nishioka might...

11/19/2010 - 5:08pm
Sanders not fined on Ward hit

FOXBORO -- There was no letter delivered to James Sanders on Friday from NFL offices, indicating that the league did not fine him for the hit on Pittsburgh's Hines Ward last Sunday night. 

 

Ward went over the middle late in the first quarter and was hit low by Patrick Chung. Sanders came in for support on the tackle and collided with Ward, colliding with the wide receiver's helmet. Ward went to the sideline with a concussion and did not return, snapping his streak of consecutive games with a catch at 186. 

 

However, Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was fined $5,000 for a chop block and Lamarr Woodley was fined $12,500 for his late hit on Tom Brady in the second half - which was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter.  

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at...

11/19/2010 - 4:23pm
Fred Taylor has 'itch' to return Sunday

FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor sounded optimistic and anxious to return to game action this week for the Patriots as they host the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Taylor has missed the last six games with turf toe.

 

"Of course I do, of course I do," Taylor replied when asked if he feels ready to return, if activated Sunday. "I haven't played in a while, got that itch and would definitely love to be back out there. I'm going to keep improving."

 

The duo of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead have carried most of the load in the running game in Taylor's absence.

 

"It's his decision and he knows what's best for the team going forward," Taylor said. "Whatever that is I have to live with it and just be ready for it. I had a very solid week of practice, a lot better than last week, continuing to improve and we'll see how it goes."

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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


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