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10/12/2012 - 12:09am
Source: Ross, Sox talks gain 'momentum'

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, contract talks between the Red Sox and outfielder Cody Ross have gained "some momentum." Ross will be eligible for free agency five days after the conclusion of the World Series.

The 31-year-old, who is represented by the SFX Baseball Group, only engaged in occasional preliminary contract talks with the Red Sox throughout the second half of the 2012 season, without a formal offer being presented by the team. Ross signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Sox prior to the '12 campaign.

Ross finished '12 hitting .267 with an .807 OPS and 22 home runs in 130 games. The right-handed hitter managed a .295 batting average and 1.010 OPS against left-handed pitching, while hitting .298 with a .921 OPS at Fenway Park.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


10/11/2012 - 6:01pm
Brady removed from Patriots injury report

FOXBORO -- Quarterback Tom Brady was moved off the injury report, while wide receiver Julian Edelman went from a DNP to limited Thursday for the Patriots. Here's the complete injury report: 

Did Not Practice

Steve Gregory (hip)

Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion)

Tracy White (foot) 

Limited Participation

RB Brandon Bolden (knee)

DE Brandon Deaderick (ankle)

WR Julian Edelman (hand)

DT Justin Francis (ankle)

TE Ron Gronkowski (hip)

TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle)

LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring)

G Logan Mankins (calf/hip)

OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)

CB Sterling Moore (knee)

RB Shane Vereen (foot)

OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee...

10/11/2012 - 3:40pm
Sox meet Japanese phenom Otani

A major league source confirmed multiple reports out of Japan that the Red Sox (who were represented by international scouting director Eddie Romero and Pacific Rim coordinator Jon Deeble) met with Japanese high school phenom Shohei Otani on Thursday. Otani has met with all 12 teams in the NPB and with at least a few major league teams while trying to decide whether to pursue pro ball in Japan or the US. The 18-year-old right-hander has been clocked at 100 mph (in this video, where the crowd erupts when he hits 159 kmph and then 160 kmph). 

The Dodgers and Rangers have also met with Otani, according to multiple reports. 

For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


10/11/2012 - 2:32pm
Pin placed in Pedroia's finger for four weeks

Surgery to repair a torn ligament in Dustin Pedroia's right pinky was successful Wednesday, with Dr. Donald Sheridan placing a pin in the injured finger. The pin will remain in Pedroia's finger for four weeks, with the second baseman having to wear a cast through the weekend before switching to a brace.

Pedroia injured the finger while fielding a seven-inning ground ball of the bat of the Yankees Mark Teixeira during a Red Sox July 29 game at Yankee Stadium.

"It took kind of a bad hop. It happened so fast," said Pedroia, who explained his right hand was caught in his glove while fielding the grounder. "I threw it to first and my pinkie was just huge. At first they thought I broke it.

"I know it's a finger, but it's your pinkie so I just taped it. It's probably more useful in your everyday life than baseball. One time I sat in a chair wrong and it shot out, or high-fiving a guy, it would get caught on his jersey and it...

10/11/2012 - 2:29pm
Sox to talk to Wallach Friday, then Ausmus

The Red Sox will interview Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach on Friday regarding their managerial vacancy, while Padres baseball operations special assistant Brad Ausmus is also slated to interview for the job, according to a team source. 

Wallach, 55, played 17 years in the big leagues, making five All-Star teams and winning three Gold Gloves at third base. He spent two years as the Dodgers hitting coach, two years as the manager of Triple-A Albuquerque and then spent the last two seasons as the Los Angeles third base coach. 

Ausmus, 43, wrapped up an 18-year playing career in 2010 that saw him make one All-Star team and win three Gold Gloves for his excellence behind the plate. The Dartmouth alum joined the Padres front office last November. Ausmus has no managerial or coaching experience, though he did serve a brief stint as the manager of Israel's entry into the World Baseball Classic last month. 

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