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11/17/2011 - 12:49pm
Ventrone lands back with Pats, again

FOXBORO -- Safety Ross Ventrone is back on the Patriots, signed to the team's practice squad on Thursday in advance of the team's game against the Chiefs this Monday night at Gillette. Ventrone has been released eight times since signing with the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova in April 2010.  

His signing to the practice squad marks his 21st transaction with the Patriots. To make room, the team released defensive back Josh Victorian. 

Victorian, 23, has had four stints on the New England practice squad this season. He went to training camp with Baltimore after signing with the Ravens as a rookie free agent out of Louisiana Tech on July 28. Victorian, 5-10, 190 pounds, originally joined the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 22.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is....

11/17/2011 - 11:50am
Rosenthal: Ownership didn't back Cherington

Ken Rosenthal, MLB on FOX reporter and FOXSports.com senior baseball writer. was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday. Rosenthal was asked about the Red Sox managerial search. Several reports have Dale Sveum -- thought by many to be the leading candidate for the position -- on his way to Chicago to accept the managerial job for Theo Epstein and the Cubs. 

"You look at the events that are happening and have to wonder what they are doing," said Rosenthal. "And here they are, six weeks since Francona departed, and still don't have a manage and are in fact about to extend their search, perhaps. It is apparent that they are not going to get their No. 1 choice, or the only guy that they brought in for a second interview."

Peter Gammons tweeted on Thursday that the Sox have perhaps shifted their philosophy when it comes to this managerial search, now looking for a...

11/17/2011 - 11:49am
Boychuk sick, Ference, Paille may return
By: DJ Bean

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is considered questionable for Thursday night's game against the Blue Jackets after he missed the team's morning skate with flu-like symptoms. 

With Boychuk potentially out, Andrew Ference may make a quicker return to the lineup than initially expected. If Ference is unable to go, the Bruins would need to make a call-up in order to ice six defensemen. 

"Right now [Ference] is fine, and unless that changes over the course of the next few hours, we don't anticipate calling anybody up," Claude Julien said. "He felt good this morning, and that was something that we had to look at with Johnny's situation. Had he not been, we would have probably been more cautious and called somebody up."

Forward Daniel Paille is also considered a game-time decision for Thursday night's game. He has been practicing with the team wearing a full cage due to the slapshot he took to the face last Monday...

11/17/2011 - 11:34am
Source: Red Sox trying to add Minaya

MILWAUKEE -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have talked with former Expos and Mets GM Omar Minaya about accepting a position in the organization, likely as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington. Minaya is believed to be weighing numbers from a number of organizations about the type of front office role he would be interested in pursuing after spending the 2011 season on the sidelines.

Minaya was named GM of the Mets in 2004, and helped build a club that advanced within a game of the World Series in 2006 but that suffered season-ending collapses and narrowly missed the postseason in both 2007 and 2008. That said, he is viewed as an outstanding talent evaluator, resulting in seemingly widespread interest by a number of clubs -- including the Red Sox -- in adding him to a front office.

News of the Sox' interest in hiring Minaya...

11/17/2011 - 10:40am
Heidi Watney to leave NESN

Heidi Watney, the Red Sox field reporter for NESN since 2008, is leaving the network. Several reports have indicated the 30-year-old Watney is going to California to work as a sideline reporter for the Lakers on Time Warner Cable. 

“Heidi Watney will not be returning to NESN next year," said NESN President & CEO Sean McGrail said in statement first published by Ken Fang. "She is pursuing other opportunities that would bring her closer to her family on the west coast. We respect Heidi’s decision and would like to thank her for everything that she has brought to NESN over the past 4 years and wish her the very best."

A native of California and a University of San Diego graduate, Watney worked at the FOX affiliate at Fresno before landing the job with NESN in June 2008.

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox


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