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11/17/2010 - 6:52pm
Source: Upton interests Sox, nothing close

According to a major league source, there is "nothing even close" in talks between the Red Sox and Diamondbacks regarding a potential trade to send 23-year-old outfielder Justin Upton from Arizona to Boston.

 

The Diamondbacks have made it known that they are open to listening to proposals on any player, including the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft. While Upton is viewed as a potential cornerstone player, Arizona may try to use him to accelerate its rebuiliding process by procuring a wealth of talented young players. The Red Sox, according to the source, have "interest" in acquiring Upton, who hit .273 with a .356 OBP, .443 slugging mark, .799 OPS, 17 homers and 18 steals for Arizona in 133 games last year, a season in which he missed most of the final month due to a labrum strain in his shoulder.

 

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11/17/2010 - 6:48pm
Werner: Sox want Ortiz beyond 2011

While the Red Sox ended up exercising a $12.5 million option for the 2011 season rather than signing David Ortiz to a multi-year extension, team chairman Tom Werner told The Big Show that the team would still like to retain the designated hitter beyond the coming season.

 

"We had a number of conversations with David. We told him how important it was that he remained with the Red Sox. ... He’s a remarkable individual. We needed him on the team this year," said Werner. "We hope that at the end of this year we’ll make a new deal with David. ... I’m hoping he’s comfortable with [the decision to exercise the option]. It was very important for us that he did come back."

 

Ortiz had said repeatedly throughout the year and again in the offseason that he wanted a multi-year deal rather than to come back for 2011 with his long-term future uncertain. But the DH told ESPN.com on...

11/17/2010 - 6:11pm
Epstein: Lowrie in the mix at third

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Speaking to the Boston media at the general managers' meetings Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein reiterated that Jed Lowrie is an option to serve as the Sox's starting third baseman if their first choice, free agent Adrian Beltre, signs elsewhere.

 

"Oh yeah," said Epstein when asked if Lowrie was being considered to start at third in 2011. "I think we're looking at Beltre as our first choice at third, [Kevin] Youkilis as a soild option if there's a first baseman that fits for us, and Lowrie fits in the category as one of the not fully proven younger players that we really like and that we can build value and we're going to count on at position or another or two going forward."

 

Epstein said that Lowrie impressed the organization during his brief stints playing third. According to Baseball-Reference.com, the 26-year-old has played 50 major league games at the...

11/17/2010 - 6:08pm
Johnny Boychuk out vs. Rangers
By: DJ Bean

NEW YORK – Claude Julien and his coaching staff took the day to think about it, and ultimately decided to hold off on rushing Johnny Boychuk (forearm) back to the lineup on Wednesday night in York.

 

Earlier in the day, Julien described Boychuk as being a game-time decision after the 26-year-old blueliner participated in the morning skate at Madison Square Garden, going through all the motions without any pain.

 

Boychuk has been out since suffering the injury on Oct. 23rd, the result of a slash from Rangers' forward Brandon Dubinsky. He has been sporting a playing cast on his left forearm, something he’ll continue to use as he eases his way back into the lineup. 

 

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11/17/2010 - 6:01pm
Daniels back with Celtics, will play

Marquis Daniels has returned to the Celtics after being away from the team for personal reasons and will play tonight against the Wizards. Daniels was in the locker room, sitting at his locker as usual before the Celtics played the Wizards.

 

Doc Rivers was asked if it was difficult to throw Daniels back into the lineup after being away for two days. "We have no choice so I’m just going to throw him out there and see what he can give us and judge it once the game starts," Rivers said. "Sometimes life gets involved and there’s nothing you can do about it, so we just kind of roll with it." 

 

The Celtics are welcoming back Delonte West, who will make his season debut after mssing the first 10 games with a suspension. Rivers said he didn't have a minutes number in mind, but that he would watch carefully. "Usually you have to watch one guy," Rivers said. "You watch Shaq every...

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