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02/21/2012 - 9:59pm
Brady's mentor Tom Martinez dies at 66

Renowned Bay Area quarterbacking guru Tom Martinez, who worked for several years with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, died Tuesday on his 66th birthday, reportedly of a heart attack he suffered during a dialysis session.

Brady and Martinez first met when the quarterback was a struggling California teenager. Martinez effortlessly broke down Brady’s game and quickly became the signal caller’s most trusted ally, with the two continuing to forge a deep and abiding relationship even after Brady became New England's starting quarterback in 2001. When Brady won his first start as a pro in 2001, he gave Martinez the game ball with the inscription: “Coach Martinez — Thanks — The first of many — 9/30/01 — Patriots 44, Colts 13 — Tom Brady #12.”

Martinez, who stayed in regular contract with Bray over the years and continued to serve as an unofficial coach, had struggled with complications...

02/21/2012 - 5:46pm
Lackey to 60-day DL, Hill added to roster

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a tale of two Tommy John paths divergent, the Red Sox added left-hander Rich Hill to their 40-man roster and placed right-hander John Lackey on the 60-day disabled list.

Hill agreed to a minor league deal with the Sox in December that would pay him $725,000 if on the major league roster. After undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, he was expected to be behind other pitchers while rehabbing this spring. However, the southpaw -- who has made a team-record 15 consecutive scoreless appearances to start his Sox career -- has shown mechanics that have seemed surprisingly advanced given that he is fewer than nine months removed from his surgery. The Sox now think it reasonable to expect that he might be ready to pitch in rehab games in April.

Lackey, meanwhile, underwent Tommy John surgery on Nov. 1. He went 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 2011 on the heels of a 2010 campaign in which he was 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA. He is expected to miss...

02/21/2012 - 3:26pm
Cherington: Carpenter has big upside

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox GM Ben Cherington sounded satisfied with the compensation his team received from the Cubs for the departure of former Boston general manager Theo Epstein. Cherington described the 26-year-old right-hander as a player whom the Sox had scouted since he was at Kent State (he was taken by the Cubs in the third round of the 2008 draft).

Though Carpenter has struggled with his command and health throughout his minor league career, the team was impressed by what it saw from him in the Arizona Fall League after the 2011 season. Carpenter was 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA, 18 strikeouts and just two walks in 13 2/3 innings.

"We felt like he was making some good adjustments there," Cherington said. "We're really happy to have him. He's a young power arm reliever we think has a chance to be a really good big league pitcher."

While acknowledging satisfaction at the process, Cherington did acknowledge that the...

02/21/2012 - 3:13pm
Matsuzaka planning on early return

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Addressing the media outside the players' clubhouse at JetBlue Park, Daisuke Matsuzaka said that he does have a date in mind to return from Tommy John surgery, but chose not to divulge it. He did reveal, however, that return date might be closer than the predicted June or July activation.

"The trainers have mentioned an approximate date where they expect me to make a return, but having said that I want to come back at 100 percent and I don't want to rush things and I want to make sure my body is right when I come back," he said. "But I also would like to come back as early as possible."

When asked what the date was, Matsuzaka responded through translator Jeff Cutler, "I don't want to say, but it's probably earlier than what you guys have in mind."

Matsuzaka also said he spoke to his new manager, Bobby Valentine, Monday, discussing (among other things) Valentine's assertion that the...

02/21/2012 - 12:47pm
Sox get prospect Carpenter for Theo

FORT MYERS -- The matter of compensation between the Red Sox and Cubs for the departure of former Boston GM Theo Epstein has been settled, with the Sox receiving right-hander Chris Carpenter and a player to be named from the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named. Right-hander Bobby Jenks was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Carpenter.

Carpenter, a 2008 third-rounder who is 26 years old, had a 2.79 ERA, eight strikeouts and seven walks while making his major league debut in late-2011, tossing 9 2/3 innings in 10 games. He limited left-handed batters to a .143 average (2-for-14) and held opponents scoreless in eight of 10 outings.  The right-hander also combined for 32 relief appearances between Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa clubs last year, going 3-4 with two saves and a 5.91 ERA (28 ER/42.2 IP) between the two stops with 34 strikeouts and 27 walks in 42 2/3 innings.

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