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11/16/2011 - 11:35pm
Source: Sox expect Sveum to take Cubs job

MILWAUKEE -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox expect Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum to bow out of the running in their managerial search following the reported offer by the Cubs to have the former Sox third base coach fill their own managerial vacancy. The Sox are not prepared to offer Sveum the position at this time, and so they expect him to take the bird-in-hand offer.

News of the offer, first reported by Jon Heyman of SI.com (via Twitter), emerged on Wednesday night, just hours after Sveum became the first Red Sox managerial candidate to have a second-round interview that included a conversation with club owners.

The Sox, meanwhile, were considering broadening their search on Wednesday night even before news of the offer to Sveum broke, with Sox GM Ben Cherington saying that the team expects to talk to at least one more candidate who was...

11/16/2011 - 5:31pm
Source: Sox to meet agent for Oswalt, Wilson

MILWAUKEE -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox will meet with agent Bob Garber this evening. Garber represents two of the top free agent starters on this year's market, left-hander C.J. Wilson and right-hander Roy Oswalt.

The Sox need to address their starting pitching depth this offseason, beginning with the fact that their final two spots in the rotation remain open. However, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington suggested on Tuesday that the Sox are unlikely to pursue the top-end free agent options this winter given the fact that they've committed more than $50 million to starters (including the injured Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey) for next season.

That, in turn, would likely make them longshots on Wilson (even though the team is almost certain to do due diligence on Wilson, as they do with virtually all free agents). However, if his medicals check out, there could be an interesting fit between the Sox and Oswalt.

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11/16/2011 - 3:15pm
Pedroia: Relationship with Tito not problem
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show Wednesday, discussing the Red Sox and the departure of closer Jonathan Papelbon. 

Pedroia, who is currently hosting Papelbon at his house, said he was "devastated" when he learned the right-hander was leaving the Red Sox.

"He's my family," Pedroia said of Papelbon, whom he called a "special" player. "When you find out that he's going to another team, it crushes you." 

Pedroia denied a Comcast Sportsnet report that indicated some players felt he "couldn't be trusted" because of his close relationship with then-manager Terry Francona during the Red Sox' September collapse.

"If people think I was part of the problem because I was close with our manager, that's ridiculous," he said. 

Added Pedroia: "If anybody had a problem, come talk to me. That's the way I looked at it, and nobody did that. My...

11/16/2011 - 2:15pm
Marchand on M&M: 'I had to do better'

Bruins forward Brad Marchand checked in with Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon for his weekly discussion, following Tuesday night's 4-3 victory over the Devils, the team's sixth straight win.

Marchand took a bad penalty in the second period Tuesday night, leading to a New Jersey goal and a spot on the bench for Marchand for the final nine minutes of the period.

"I think it had to do with more than just that penalty," Marchand said of the benching. "My game wasn't where it should be last night and coach sent me a message."

When he returned, Marchand scored a goal six seconds into the third period.

"I knew I had to do better," he said. "I had to play better and do my job better. I took a penalty that cost the team the first goal. Luckily ... I was able to get it back. It was nice to be able to go out there and have a better third period."

During Wednesday's practice, goalie Tuukka Rask...

11/16/2011 - 2:01pm
McCourty, Spikes, Fletcher miss walkthrough

FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty, Dane Fletcher and Brandon Spikes were the only three players not in attendance for the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday inside the Dana Farber Field House. 

All three players are dealing with injuries, with McCourty's being the most recent, a right shoulder injury suffered in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium. 

Fletcher is battling a thumb injury while linebacker Brandon Spikes is rehabbing his right knee after reportedly suffering a sprained MCL in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6. 

The Patriots practice was just a walk-through in sweats and shirts and no helmets. There is no formal injury report on Wednesday since the team has an extra day to prepare for Monday night's game with the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. The team is expected to return to more a full practice schedule on Thursday. 

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