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12/22/2012 - 4:37pm
Source: Sox land Hanrahan from Pirates

According to a major league source, as first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN (via twitter), the Red Sox and Pirates have reached an agreement on a deal that would bring All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston. The deal, however, is not yet final.

The source confirmed Bowden's report that the Sox will send outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands and right-hander Stolmy Pimentel to Pittsburgh, while adding that there are more players involved in the deal than just those three. The Sox have agreed to send four players to Pittsburgh, with two players coming back to Boston. 

Hanrahan was an All-Star closer for the Pirates each of the last two seasons, recording 76 saves while punching out a batter an inning and walking 3.6 batters per nine innings -- though it's worth noting that his walk rate spiked from 2.1 per nine in 2011 to 5.4 in 2012. He features an at-times dominant mix of a mid-90s fastball and wipeout slider. 

According to Bowden...

12/22/2012 - 12:23pm
Source: Ross, Diamondbacks agree to deal

According to a source, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cody Ross have agreed to a three-year deal worth $26 million with a fourth year option that carries a $1 million buyout. The New York Daily News was first to report the agreement (via Twitter), while ESPN's Jim Bowden reports (via Twitter) was first to report the terms.

Ross, who also was also garnering interest from Rangers, Seattle and Philadelphia, received a two-year offer from the Red Sox. Sox general manager Ben Cherington stated Wednesday that the door was still open for a Ross return, but the two sides hadn't recently talked.

The 31-year-old hit .267 with an .807 OPS and 22 home runs in 2012 for the Red Sox.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


12/21/2012 - 11:23pm
Green suffers bruised cheek, chipped teeth

Jeff Green's bad luck continued late in Friday's overtime loss to the Bucks at TD Garden. While fighting for a loose ball under the Celtics basket with 18.5 seconds left in overtime, Green was elbowed in the left side of his face by Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova and suffered a bruised left cheek and chipped teeth, according to the Celtics in a postgame announcement. 

Green was down on the court for several minutes being tended to by team doctor Brian McKeon and head trainer Ed Lacerte before they escorted Green off the court holding a towel to the left side of his face. 

Green did not speak after the game, which the Bucks won, 99-94, in overtime. Green was fighting for position on a play that eventually ended in a foul on Paul Pierce. 

Green finished 14 points in 29 minutes off the bench for Boston. For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics.


12/21/2012 - 10:14pm
Ice men cometh: Cold C's lose to Bucks

Monta Ellis scored 27 points, including a pair of baskets to break a tie in overtime to lead the Bucks over the Celtics, 99-94, Friday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce drilled a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to cap a furious comeback in the final 42.2 seconds and force overtime. Two days after scoring 40 against the Cavaliers, Pierce had a game-high 35 points in 44 minutes to lead the Celtics. 

One game after shooting 60 percent from the field, the Celtics shot just 38.3 percent, including Jason Terry, who was 1-for-15 from the fioor. Kevin Garnett wasn't much better, hitting just 6-of-22 shots. The Celtics were also dominated on the glass and in second-chance points, and lost to the Bucks for the third time in four tries this season. The Celtics fall back to .500 at 13-13 on the season, with a Christmas date with the Nets up next in Brooklyn. The Bucks improve to 14-11. 

Pierce picked up where he left off on Wednesday...

12/21/2012 - 4:51pm
Gronk among 19 'questionable' Pats Sunday

FOXBORO -- Despite a Boston Globe report that he will not play and will miss his fifth straight game, Rob Gronkowski was officially listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game in Jacksonville in Friday's injury report filed by the Patriots. Gronkowski returned to practice last Friday and practice all three days this week, including inside on Friday, and was again listed as "limited" in the workout. Gronkowski broke his left forearm against the Colts on Nov. 18 and has missed all four games since.

Linebacker Mike Rivera (ankle) returned to practice on Friday and was also limited and is among the 19 Patriots officially listed as "questionable" for the game. Jermaine Cunningham is serving the fourth and final week of his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL PED policy. 

Meanwhile, Jacksonville's three-time...

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