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10/20/2012 - 7:25am
Magadan: Rangers made 'aggressive play'

Speaking just hours after accepting the hitting coaching job for the Texas Rangers, Dave Magadan explained that the Red Sox had expressed interest in bringing him back, but at the level to which the Rangers' exhibited.

"I think [the Red Sox] wanted to bring me back, but it just didn't work out," said Magadan by phone. "Texas made a really aggressive play for me. [The Red Sox] made an organizational decision not to go to that level regarding how much to compensate their hitting coach. That's fine. I don't have any qualms about that. They were professional enough to give me the opportunity to talk to other teams. A lot of other teams wouldn't have done that and I appreciate that completely. They could have very easily picked up my option, but they had my mine and my family's best interests at heart and allowed me to open up a new chapter in my coaching career."

The Red Sox had given Magadan a Friday deadline to make a decision...

10/19/2012 - 4:19pm
Mortensen: Expect Pats to 'throttle' Jets
By: DJ Bean

ESPN football writer Chris Mortensen joined The Big Show to discuss the NFL and Week 7's matchup between the Patriots and Jets. 

Both teams enter Week 7 with a 3-3 record, as does the entire AFC East. Despite their identical records, Mortensen said he doesn't think the game will be close. 

"I expect the Patriots to come out and throttle them, to be quite honest with you. … First of all, they're a better team and the Jets can't exploit an area of vulnerability for the the Patriots," he said. "I don't know where the Jets are going to get a pass rush. Maybe they'll be able to create one, but I don't see it." 

On the subject of Tim Tebow, Mortensen said the team wasn't wrong in trading for him, but that so far they haven't found a way to utilize the third-year player.

"There are some things Tim brings a strength in," Mortensen said. "He's a good power runner. I've been saying for a...

10/19/2012 - 3:24pm
Source: Dave Magadan hired by Rangers

According a baseball source, Dave Magadan has accepted the position as hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. 

The 50-year-old Magadan, who has been with the Red Sox since 2007, had also talked with Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Cleveland, along with discussing a possible return to Boston.

Scott Coolbaugh had been the Rangers' hitting coach for the past two seasons.

Under Magadan, the Red Sox finished fifth in runs scored in the American League during the 2012 season after placing first in the AL during the '11 season, second in '08 and '10, third in '07 and '09. During the hitting coach's stretch in Boston, the Sox led all major league teams in pitches per plate appearance (3.94), while totaling the second best OPS (.791).

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10/19/2012 - 3:13pm
Bolden, Gregory, White out Sunday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have ruled out three players for Sunday, including running back Brandon Bolden and safety Steve Gregory. Bolden injured his knee last week against the Seahawks and didn't practice all week while Gregory, who was limited in a Wednesday walk-through, will be missing his third straight game with a hip injury suffered on Sept. 30 against the Bills. Gregory did not practice Thursday or Friday. Bolden was spotted with a crutch in a photo tweeted by Stevan Ridley, who had the running backs all wear onesies Friday as a form of team bonding. 

Also out Sunday is linebacker Tracy White with a foot injury. He is missing his second straight game and did not practice all week. 

In addition to the three players ruled out, the Patriots have listed 11 others as questionable for Sunday against the Jets. The Jets have listed receiver Clyde Gates, center Nick Mangold and running back Joe McKnight as questionable. 

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10/19/2012 - 2:28pm
Mayo on Big Show: 'It's not all about Tebow'
By: DJ Bean

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined The Big Show on Friday to discuss Sunday's game against the Jets as every team in the AFC East enters Week 7 with a 3-3 record.  

"We're in the middle of the pack," Mayo said. "We're both 3-3 so it should be a good game." 

Though Shonn Greene is coming off a career-best 161 rushing yards and three touchdowns in last week's 35-9 win over the Colts, injuries at running back have led to speculation that the Jets could play Tim Tebow at running back against the Patriots. Mayo said that the Patriots don't know what to expect out of the Florida product Sunday. 

"Expect the unexpected," Mayo said. "You have to go in with an open mind, you have to be ready to make adjustments on the sidelines. We don't know what to expect, to be honest with you. Tebow's such a versatile player. They line him up at receiver, they line him up at running back, they line him up...

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