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09/02/2010 - 11:00am
Manny flying in personal barber to Boston

Manny Ramirez told that he will be flying in his personal barber, Angel Pena (also known as 'LMontro'), when he comes to Boston for the White Sox' three-game series at Fenway Park, which starts Friday. Ramirez needs Pena to cut his hair due to the appearance standards upheld by the White Sox ever since owner Jerry Reinsdorf had A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede cut their hair in 2006.


"It seems like everywhere I go, people worry about my hair," Ramirez told after going 1-for-3 for the White Sox Wednesday. "I just want to go out there and play the game."


Pena, who routinely joined Ramirez on the road with the Red Sox while the slugger was playing with the Sox, cuts the hair of many major league players and personalities, including David Ortiz and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. Ramirez told that Pena was in Minnesota at the Twins-Tigers series, but would be in Boston by Friday...

09/02/2010 - 8:38am
Report: Woods to pay Elin $54 million by '16

According to the Palm Beach Post, the divorce settlement between Tiger Woods and his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, mandates that the PGA star pay Nordegren $54 million by 2016 or risk losing his newly-built property in Jupiter Island, Florida. The report states that Woods took out a $54 million mortgage two days after the divorce was finalized in Panama City on Aug. 23. Woods is currently in the Boston-area while getting ready to participate in this weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship. Click here to read the entire story.

09/02/2010 - 8:19am
Papelbon: 'I don't trust radar guns'

When asked about the 105 mph fastball reportedly thrown by Reds rookie Aroldis Chapman last Friday, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said during his team's recent series against the Rays, "I've seen it," citing the time he clocked then-Detroit minor-leaguer Joel Zumaya throwing 104 mph during a Florida State League game in 2004. "I used to always calibrate our gun just to make sure," Papelbon explained. "I started and Lester started so I always had Lester's velocity as well. Zumaya was consistently 101 to 104." Chapman was clocked at close to 104 mph Wednesday night.


Papelbon then went on to explain that radar gun readings shouldn't be the be-all and end-all when analyzing fastballs, saying that he has a more accurate idea of how hard he is throwing than any radar run reading taken in a stadium.



"I can tell you exactly, within an a mile an hour what that fastball is...

09/02/2010 - 8:02am
Mashup: Reds' Chapman up to 103.9 mph

Flamethrowing Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, called up from the minors on Tuesday, picked up his first win after pitching a perfect inning in relief during the Reds' victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. In the process, he threw a pitch registered at 103.9 mph, the fastest pitch in the majors in the last three seasons. Read more about Chapman's electrifying performance, plus check out other news, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

09/02/2010 - 8:01am
Billick: No downside doing 'Hard Knocks'

Former Baltimore Ravens head coach, and current Fox Sports analyst, Brian Billick weighed in on the latest edition of HBO's 'Hard Knocks' featuring the New York Jets, saying, "I don't think there is a big downside for them." Billick's Ravens team was the first to participate in the network's show, which follows one NFL team each season through the preseason. (For a running diary of the latest episode of 'Hard Knocks' click here.)


Billick also touched on how what the Patriots' mind-set might be heading into their final preseason game, Thursday night against the Giants. The former coach noted that he isn't surprised by the insinuation by Pats' head coach Bill Belichick that he might play his starters, including Tom Brady, more than usual for a fourth preseason game. "He's sending a message,...

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