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08/20/2010 - 2:25pm
Sox give more than $10 million in bonuses

According to Baseball America, the Red Sox allocated $10,664,400 to signing bonuses for draft picks this year, fourth-highest among major league baseball organizations. Leading the way were the Washington Nationals, who invested $11,927,200, followed by the Pirates ($11,900,400) and (Blue Jays $11,594,400). The Red Sox dwarfed the investment of the Yankees, who dished out $6,652,500. The lowest number came from the Brewers, who paid out $2,432,200.

 

The final number for the Red Sox was their highest total ever, surpassing the 2008 draft in which they paid $10,515,00 in bonus money. Over the last three seasons the Sox have invested $28,274,800 in bonuses to draftees, second only to the Pirates.

 

For the complete list of bonus money allocated by each organization click here. For more Red Sox coverage go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/20/2010 - 1:57pm
Asante: Belichick had something against me

Former Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel lashed out at Bill Belichick on Friday, accused the New England coach of having “a thing for me,” and adding that Belichick planned to sit him out for a 2006 game against the Bears despite the fact that Samuel was healthy and ready to play.

In an interview with the The News Journal of Delaware, Samuel — who ended up playing in that game and coming away with three interceptions — said Belichick “had something against me” over the course of his five-year career in New England.

“I ain’t never said it, but Belichick, I just felt like he had a thing for me,” Samuel said. “He had something against me. I have no idea why. He was going to start Troy Brown, a receiver, at nickel [corner] and I’m over here sitting healthy and he don’t want to even play me.”

Samuel, who had 22 career interceptions with New...

08/20/2010 - 10:27am
Pierce wants to finish career in Europe

Celtics captain Paul Pierce said in an interview with CSNNE that he would like to finish his playing career in Europe. Talking about the contract he signed this offseason — which will keep him in Boston for three more seasons with an option for a fourth — Pierce said he couldn't picture himself in another NBA uniform, but he would like to see what a European jersey looks like.

 

"As far as retiring from the NBA, I think I will be done after this contract because eventually I want to go overseas and play and live for a couple of years," he said. "That's why this is a big contract for me, knowing I'm going to retire a Boston Celtic. ... I want to go to either Italy or Greece for a year. I think I want to be able to bring my family over to just kind of share a different experience overseas for a couple of years before I settle into retirement."

 

For more Celtics news, visit the...

08/20/2010 - 7:39am
Mashup: Ex-teammates still support Clemens

Thursday's big story was the indictment by a federal grand jury of Roger Clemens on charges of lying to Congress. Columnists across the country blasted Clemens for his defiant stance in the face of the facts, which could lead to prison time. One writer claims Clemens has now passed Barry Bonds as the face of baseball's steroids era. Meanwhile, Clemens' former teammates on the Yankees and Astros said they still support the pitching legend.

 

In other news, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie blames an HBO director for intentionally making him look bad as he appeared to struggle to name all eight of his children (through six different mothers across five states) on "Hard Knocks." And in Greece, a Serbian player who played in the NBA last season was held by authorities overnight after throwing a chair during a basketball brawl. For the details and video of the incident, check out...

08/20/2010 - 2:01am
Cash to start rehab with Pawtucket

With backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia landing on the disabled list on Thursday due to a leg infection, the status of catcher Kevin Cash — on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a hamstring strain — assumed growing significance. With Dusty Brown getting called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Cash will begin a rehab assignment on Friday with the PawSox.

 

Cash will spend just one day with the PawSox before rejoining the Red Sox on Saturday, after which he may join another affiliate, perhaps Lowell. The earliest that Cash can return from the DL is Aug. 27, when the Sox will be on the road in Tampa Bay.

 

Cash, whom the Sox acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros at the end of June, is hitting .148/.233/.167/.400 in 20 games with the Sox.

 

For more Red Sox coverage, visit WEEI.com/redsox.


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