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01/10/2011 - 3:09pm
Cubs claim Max Ramirez from Sox

The Red Sox announced that catcher Max Ramirez had been claimed on waivers by the Cubs. Ramirez, who was claimed from the Rangers last week, was placed on waivers in order to clear a spot on the team's 40-man roster for reliever Hideki Okajima, whose deal became official on Monday.

 

Ramirez spent the majority of the 2010 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .286/.373/.381 in 56 games. He hit .217/.341/.348 in 28 games for Texas. Ramirez has hit .298/.396/.476 in the minors over his seven-year career between Braves, Indians, and Rangers affiliates. The 26-year-old was out of options, so the Sox would have had to expose him to waivers had he not stuck with the major league roster out of spring training.

 

Okajima, 35, had a 4.50 ERA in 56 appearances last year. He joined Dick Radatz as the only Sox pitchers ever to make 50 or more appearances in each of their first four major league seasons.

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01/10/2011 - 1:47pm
Meriweather on D&H: Love to play Jets

WEEI's Patriots Monday continued on the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon with an appearance from Brandon Meriweather live from Gillette Stadium.

 

Meriweather was asked if he thought the Patriots' game plan for the Jets would change much from the team's previous meeting, a 45-3 New England victory. "I don't know," he said. "Bill and the coaching staff do a great job of getting us prepared. Would it be a lot different? I don't know.

 

"Do I think [the Jets'] game plan will be a lot different? I think theirs will be a lot different. I think we've got to get ready to stop everything, not just the run game. I think they're going to do a lot of different things."

 

Asked if he hated the Jets, Meriweather replied: "I love to play against the Jets. As in hate them as a team? I don't care. I love to play against them. Because that's one game everybody's going to be up for. The...

01/10/2011 - 12:55pm
Bartkowski to play in place of McQuaid
By: DJ Bean

Bruins defensemen Adam McQuaid (unknown injury or ailment) did not skate with the Bruins for a second straight day on Monday, and according to reports out of Pittsburgh, he will not play for the B's as they take on the Penguins.

 

Filling in for McQuaid will be Matt Bartkowski, whom the team called up on an emergency basis from Providence on Sunday night. The 22-year-old Ohio State product has four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 34 AHL games this year.

 

The Bruins' morning skate was an optional one, though Tuukka Rask was reportedly first off the ice. If he were to get the start in Pittsburgh, he would get his fourth start of the last five games. Nathan Horton reportedly skated, though the chances of him playing could aren't necessarily great given that he stayed out on the ice following the skate to work with Doug Houda, according to the Boston Globe. Horton missed Saturday's game in Montreal with what Claude...

01/10/2011 - 12:29pm
Belichick: Rex and I aren't playing

On a Monday afternoon conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed Rex Ryan’s point that this week was about “Rex Ryan vs. Bill Belichick,” and not so much Patriots vs. Jets.

“I think he probably ... I might have a little quickness on him, he’s probably got a little strength and power on me,” Belichick said, tongue firmly in cheek. “I don’t think either one of us is making any blocks or tackles or runs or throws or catches. At least, you won’t see me doing that. That’s probably a good thing for our team.

“I just try to coach my team,” Belichick added later. “I don’t worry about what everyone else does. Other coaches do a good job, Rex does a great job. I just try to coach my team.”

Earlier on Monday, Ryan talked about how he was outcoached in December’s 45-3 win for the Patriots, and what he had to do differently this...

01/10/2011 - 12:26pm
Rex: Game all about Ryan vs. Belichick

Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters in New York that the coming divisional round playoff matchup between the Patriots and Jets will come down to the performances of himself and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Ryan said that the two teams and their coaching staffs are equally talented, and so the coaches will play a pivotal role on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

 

Ryan said that the Jets were outcoached in his team's 45-3 loss to the Patriots in Week 13 -- a contest in which the Jets coach suggested the Patriots ran up the score, as is their right -- and that he was determined to engage in extraordinary preparation to ensure that his team is ready for its third meeting against New England this year.

 

“We’re going back up to Foxboro and all that kind of stuff. And after really looking at it, I realize that this is … that game, I was outcoached in that game. I said it then, and I’m saying it now....

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