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10/19/2010 - 4:02pm
Sox unveil planned Fenway improvements

The Red Sox announced their plans for offseason renovations and improvements at Fenway Park, with the most prominent upgrade being the addition of three Hi-Definition scoreboards and video displays. The coming season will represent that completion of a 10-year cycle of improvements and projects at Fenway Park that commenced during the 2002 season, when the current ownership group assumed control of the club.

 

“This is the last year of a ten-year series of improvements to Fenway Park that has given this venerable old ballpark new life,” Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino said in a press release. “With more seats and more standing room, wide open concourses, a reinforced structure, new and improved restroom facilities, and many more food and beverage options for our fans, Fenway Park remains vibrant and appealing leading up to its 100th Anniversary in 2012.”

 

Additional work will be performed on the...

10/19/2010 - 3:11pm
Red Sox will perform 'due diligence' on Lee

According to a major league source, the Red Sox will perform "due diligence" on Cliff Lee this offseason, assuming that the Rangers ace reaches free agency. That is an approach that the Sox have taken with nearly every major free agent in recent years, including players such as CC Sabathia, whom the club acknowledged it had little chance of signing after the 2008 season.

 

While the Sox will inquire on Lee's asking price, however, it is considered very unlikely that they would be able to acquire him in an open bidding war, particularly after the team signed John Lackey to a five-year, $82.5 million deal last offseason and Josh Beckett to a four-year, $68 million extension at the start of this season. One major league source suggested before the playoffs that the Yankees are prepared to offer the left-hander a deal in excess of $100 million.

 

Certainly, Lee's performance this postseason -- in which he is 3-0 with a...

10/19/2010 - 1:53pm
O'Brien acknowledges incident with Moss

Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien acknowledged Tuesday that he and Randy Moss were involved in an incident shortly before Moss was dealt to Minnesota earlier this month.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters, O’Brien — who is listed on the company masthead as the quarterbacks coach, but has served as the de facto offensive coordinator for much of the last two seasons — said something did happen after the Patriots-Dolphins game, a contest where Moss finished with no catches for the only time in his three-plus years.

But he added that clashes of that type between players and coaches aren’t anything out of the ordinary when it comes to life in the NFL.

“That was three weeks ago,” O’Brien said. “I’ve been coaching for upwards of 20 years. That’s what we do. We coach, and the players have input into what we’re coaching. Things like that are going to...

10/19/2010 - 1:24pm
Belichick mum on Meriweather situation

In a Tuesday afternoon conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t speculate about what the future holds for safety Brandon Meriweather, who could face a fine or suspension for his hit on Baltimore’s Todd Heap over the weekend.

“I leave anything from the NFL to the NFL,” Belichick said. “I haven’t heard anything I would want to comment on officially. Media speculation [par for the course]. That’s what people talk about. Whatever the league decides to do, they decide to do. Whatever their comments are, they can make their statements.”

On a weekend with a bunch of nasty hits, Meriweather’s hit on Heap stood out, and sparked a response from NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, who told ESPN Radio Tuesday morning that the hit was “flagrant” and “egregious.”

“That in our view is something that...

10/19/2010 - 1:17pm
Bruschi on D&H: NFL may target Meriweather

ESPN analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his appearance on the Dale & Holley Show, said that he believed that in a week of vicious hits, the one by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather on Ravens tight end Todd Heap was the most likely to merit a suspension.

 

Bruschi noted that Meriweather had tried unsuccessfully to launch himself at Heap once before he connected with a hit that temporarily forced the Ravens tight end from the game with a neck injury. That, Bruschi said, demonstrated Meriweather's intent to injure, and makes him a possible target for suspension.

 

"If there’s anyone this week that has the possibility of [being suspended], it’s probably Brandon," said Bruschi. "He may be the player that they make an example of, that plants the seed for all those other players. I think he may be made an example of, yes."

 

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