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09/11/2010 - 1:18pm
Kraft: Brady 'one of the greatest'
By: DJ Bean

A day after submitting Tom Brady's four-year, $72 million contract extension to the NFL, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke to the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza-Young about why it was such a priority to not let the  biggest name in team history not hit free agency. 

 

“I think stability and continuity are important if you want to have a winning situation,’’ Kraft told the Globe. “You always have to upgrade and bring in young talent, but you also have to have seasoned veterans and we’re lucky to have one of the greatest players in the history of the game, in my opinion.’’

 

Kraft spoke of his relationship with Brady, and how negotiating such an important contract for the franchise impacted it.

 

“I think we have a mutual respect and affection for...

09/11/2010 - 1:49am
Cy-onara: A's batter Buchholz

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had one of the worst outings of his career, failing to record an out in the second inning while allowing nine baserunners and recording just three outs. The Sox never recovered from his stumble out of the gate en route to a 5-0 loss.

 

Aside from a start in June when he left after the first inning after injuring himself on the bases, it was the shortest start of Buchholz' career. Former Sox teammate singled and stole second on the first two pitches of the game, and Sox nemesis Kurt Suzuki later delivered a two-run double in a three-run first. A pair of walks and a pair of singles by the first four batters in the second inning led to a quick hook for the right-hander.

 

Buchholz (15-7) allowed five hits while walking four, and he threw just 17 of 39 pitches for strikes. His ERA swelled from 2.25 (lowest in the American League entering the night) to 2.53, and his longshot Cy Young candidacy...

09/10/2010 - 9:10pm
Doubront stays in Boston for tests

Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to Friday night's game in Oakland that left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront did not make the trip to the West Coast, instead remaining in Boston to undergo a number of tests in an effort to determine the source of the discomfort in his clavicle. Thus far, Francona said, tests have come back negative. The Sox will continue to have the 22-year-old see other doctors, including a neurologist, in hopes of determining why he has been unable to return to the hill since an Aug. 31 outing against the Orioles.

 

"He actually felt better today and yesterday but since we weren’t going to pitch him, we want to eliminate anything. So we had an extensive amount of testing today," said Francona. "Everything came back clean. They checked for a lot of different things. It’s my understanding that they’re just trying to be conscientious."

 

Doubront is 2-2...

09/10/2010 - 6:45pm
Kalish leading off vs. Cahill
By: DJ Bean

 

 

Two of the game's best young righties will be on display Friday night in Oakland when Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (15-6, 2.25 ERA) squares off against 22-year-old A's pitcher Trevor Cahill (15-6, 2.72). Ryan Kalish will lead off for the Red Sox.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Ryan Kalish, CF

2. J.D. Drew, RF

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. Jed Lowrie, SS

7. Josh Reddick, LF

8. Bill Hall, 2B

9. Lars Anderson, 1B

SP -- Clay Buchholz

 

For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox.


09/10/2010 - 4:41pm
Gammons: Sox won't get Crawford
By: DJ Bean

 Peter Gammons of NESN and the MLB Network joined The Big Show Friday to discuss the future of the Red Sox. With the team a longshot to make the playoffs this season, the attention was turned to the offseason and the free agents the Red Sox could either re-sign or bring in from other clubs. The biggest name on the market figures to be Rays outfielder Carl Crawford, who Gammons believes will end up with the Angels. The Hall-of-Fame baseball analyst went into detail as to why Sox fans shouldn't expect Crawford to play his home games in Fenway Park next season. 

 

"I just don't think that the Red Sox can afford the $140 million for seven years that I think he will cost, particularly when the best guys they have that will be ready by the middle of next year -- [Anthony] Rizzo, [Ryan] Kalish, [Josh] Reddick -- are all left-handed hitters," Gammons said. "Obviously, Crawford is different from any of those guys --...

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