Ryan Westmoreland started taking batting practice in Fort Myers last week as part of his participation in Red Sox Fall Instructional League. The 20-year-old Red Sox prospect, who underwent brain surgery in March, is now taking batting practice two or three times a week, according to Sox farm director Mike Hazen, and he is showing evidence of significant advances in his rehab even since the start of September.
In addition to taking batting practice, Westmoreland is also doing daily work on a tee as well as taking flips and doing some throwing. Hazen suggested that Westmoreland's progress is even more apparent with some of the cardiovascular and agility work that he is doing. The Red Sox and Westmoreland have set a goal of having the 20-year-old return to games (though they have not assigned a timetable to that goal).
It is uncertain whether that might ever happen, but the progress that Westmoreland has shown to date has...
The Reds, considered one of the best fielding teams in the majors, endured a defensive implosion that keyed five unearned runs in the Phillies' 7-4 victory. The defensive meltdown -- which saw Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips commit two errors, seven-time Gold Glove third baseman Scott Rolen commit another and right fielder Jay Bruce commit yet another -- spoiled an outstanding start from former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
Cincinnati, after getting no hit in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday, quickly ensured that history would not repeat on Friday. Brandon Phillips led off the game with a solo homer, helping the Reds to jump out to a 4-0 lead. But Philadelphia started chipping away by plating a pair of runs in the fifth, the result of a pair of two-out grounders being kicked by Phillips and then Rolen, preceding Chase Utley's two-out, two-run single.
Philadelphia scored again in the sixth, as the Reds...
The NFL is investigating allegations that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent voicemails, texts and graphic photos to a former sideline reporter. Deadspin.com posted graphic photos that Favre allegedly sent to Jenn Sterger, a TV personality on Versus, earlier this week.
"We are reviewing the matter," NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello told the Associated Press.
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The Red Sox have removed catchers Dusty Brown and Kevin Cash as well as right-handed pitcher Robert Manuel from their 40-man roster. All three will become free agents five days after the World Series.
Cash was acquired from the Astros in the middle of the season, when the Sox had four catchers on their 40-man roster (Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek, Mark Wagner and Brown) on the disabled list. Cash, in his second stint with the Sox, played in 29 games, hitting .133 with a .374 OPS while driving in one. He received raves from the Sox for his clubhouse impact.
Brown appeared in seven games, going 3-for-12 with a pair of runs batted in. The 28-year-old was in his 10th year in the Sox organization.
Manuel, claimed off waivers from the Mariners last offseason, had a 4.26 ERA in 10 appearances for the Red Sox, holding opponents to a .213 average. The 27-year-old's most notable outing of the season, however...
According to a report on ESPN.com, a rare meeting between major league players, umpires and officials is scheduled to take place in December to discuss the state of relations between players and umpires. The meeting is a response to what the report described as increased tensions between the two groups and concerns about a lack of transparency in terms of how umpires are supervised.
There have been several high-profile disputes between umpires and teams involved in the postseason this year, bubbling over to the point where both Rays manager Joe Maddon and Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire were thrown out of games on Thursday. That comes on the heels of a season in which several players expressed concern that the strike zone was either more inconsistent or bigger than it had been in previous seasons, playing into a record-setting year for strikeouts per nine innings...
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