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12/09/2010 - 2:49pm
Kruk: Yankees need Lee; Gonzalez 'an MVP'
By: DJ Bean

ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined The Big Show on Thursday, praising the Red Sox for the signing of Carl Crawford and noting that it is now crucial for the Yankees to sign free-agent starter Cliff Lee.

 

"It's imperative," Kruk said. "Not just because he's left handed, but because Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia are the only to starters that are dependable. They need another one if they want to compete."

 

Kruk pointed out that Crawford was likely drawn to the Red Sox because of the stability in the lineup and that "they can win two or three championships by the time" his deal expires.

 

Even if the Yankees were to sign Lee, Kruk felt that the Red Sox would still the best team in the league. 

 

"They're younger they're more athletic," Kruk said of the Sox. "Better starting pitching. Besides Mariano [Rivera] and Papelbon, which is...

12/09/2010 - 1:24pm
Pats practice: Chung, Spikes missing

FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung and rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes lead a list of five Patriots missing from outdoor practice on Thursday outside Gillette Stadium. Neither player was listed on Wednesday's injury report. 

 

Also missing were Jonathan Wilhite (hip), Myron Pryor (back) and Mike Wright (concussion) as the Patriots worked out in sweats and shells on the lower practice field in bitterly cold conditions, similar to the 15-degree temperatures expected for the late-afternoon kick-off on Sunday at Soldier Field.  

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


12/09/2010 - 11:42am
Stuart's hand injury occurred last Thursday
By: DJ Bean

Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, sporting a cast and out four-to-six weeks with a broken hand, spoke on Thursday about how his injury occurred.

 

Though Stuart left the first period of Tuesday's game, the injury actually dates back to last Thursday's 8-1 win over the Lightning. Stuart blocked a shot from the point, getting hit in the right hand.

 

X-rays after the game were negative, and he played through pain and swelling for the rest of the night and in Saturday's game. On his third shift of the night on Tuesday, Stuart made a pass and his hand "caved in," as he both broke his hand and dislocated his ring finger at the same time. 

 

Stuart said that by the time he had made the pass, his hand was "hanging on by a thread."

 

This marks the second time in as many seasons that a hand injury will keep Stuart out for a prolonged period of time. He missed 26 games last...

12/09/2010 - 9:43am
Sox lose two in Rule 5 draft

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Red Sox lost a pair of pitching prospects in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, as the Rays selected left-hander Cesar Cabral and the Yankees chose righty Daniel Turpen.

 

Cabral, 21, was dominant for Single-A Greenville in 2010, posting an ERA of 0.29 in 31 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. He struggled, however, after being promoted to Salem, where his ERA jumped to 5.81.

 

Turpen, 24, arrived to the Red Sox organization in the Ramon Ramirez trade and had his problems in Double-A Portland, with an ERA of 4.91 in 18 1/3 innings pitched. The Red Sox passed on making a selection in the Rule 5 draft.

 

For more on the two pitchers, and whether the Sox will get them back, click here. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at...

12/09/2010 - 8:27am
Report: Yankees up offer to Lee

According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees have now added a seventh year to their contract offer for free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee. It is believed that the club's previous offer was for six years and $140 million. 

 

Considered by most to be the top pitcher on the free-agent market, Lee posted a 12-9 record with an ERA of 3.18 and led the major leagues in both WHIP (1.00) and K/BB ratio (10.3) for the Mariners and Rangers in 2010.

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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