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07/31/2012 - 12:51pm
Rangers 'definitely' out on Beckett

According to a major league source, the Red Sox and Rangers "definitely" won't revisit the possibility of a deal that would send right-hander Josh Beckett to Texas prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline for non-waiver trades. There is a possibility that the Rangers could re-engage the Red Sox next month, since Beckett's hefty contract (he is still owed approximately $37 million through the end of 2014) makes it extremely unlikely that a team would claim him off of waivers.

Beckett (5-9, 4.57 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Sox tonight against the Tigers. Major league sources characterize the possibility of a deal involving the right-hander as "unlikely."

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07/31/2012 - 12:23pm
Bowden: Sox not eager to deal Beckett

Former MLB general manager and current ESPN MLB analyst Jim Bowden appeared on the Dennis and Callahan show Tuesday morning to share his thoughts as the trade deadline looms at 4 p.m.

Bowden, a Boston native who served as a general manager for the Reds from 1992 to 2003 and the Nationals from 2004 to 2009, said from his recent conversations with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, he hasn’t got the sense that the first-year GM is eager to trade struggling pitcher Josh Beckett.

“I didn’t get the sense he was eager to deal him,” Bowden said of Cherington. “I think that the Red Sox are pretty cerebral looking at he’s 32 years old. I don’t think they think he’s in decline just because his strikeout ratio is the lowest of his career at 6.8 per nine [innings]. They’d like to get him straightened out and have a good second half.

“From what I understand, and I’ve talked to most...

07/31/2012 - 12:14pm
Kalish getting called up for Sweeney

With Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney heading to the disabled list on Tuesday, one day after he injured his hand while punching a door on the way back from the Sox dugout to the clubhouse after grounding out, a major league source said that the Red Sox will call up outfielder Ryan Kalish from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Sweeney is hitting .260/.303/.373/.675 in 63 games this year. This is the second call-up of the year for Kalish, who in 18 big league games this year, is hitting .217/.238/.250/.488. He's hitting .307/.388/.533/.922 with four homers in 18 games in Triple-A Pawtucket.

This is the second time in Kalish's career that he's been summoned to the majors on July 31, having made his big league debut exactly two years ago today.

News of Kalish's call-up was first reported by Maureen Mullen of (via twitter).

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07/31/2012 - 8:43am
Cherington: No parallel in Beckett, Manny

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, when asked recently if the team faced a similar situation with pitcher Josh Beckett as it did when making a trade deadline move involving Manny Ramirez in 2008, adamantly separated the two situations. While Beckett is widely characterized as a problematic presence in the clubhouse, Cherington suggested that unlike Ramirez four years ago, the pitcher's commitment to his team and to being on the field was unquestioned.

“I don’t see any parallel [between Ramirez and Beckett],” said Sox GM Ben Cherington on Friday, a sentiment since echoed by several team front office and clubhouse sources. “Josh has taken the ball whenever he possibly can for as long as he’s been here. He’s taken the ball some days when probably he shouldn’t have, frankly, and he was hurt. Any time he’s able to pitch, he wants to pitch, and he’s pitched well over the course of his time here.”


07/31/2012 - 8:18am
Mashup: Olympics ratings skyrocket

Say what you will about NBC's coverage of the Olympics, and a lot of people are saying a lot of things, but the ratings (the only thing that matters) don't lie. Right now, the Olympics are garnering more interest than ever.

One of the people critical of NBC's tape-delayed coverage has been Guy Adams, a correspondent who is covering the Olympics (or something). Adams was just another nagging voice in the Twittersphere, that is until he released the e-mail address of Gary Zenkel's, president of NBC Olympics. NBC responded by getting Adams banned on Twitter for breaching policy. Here are details. It's a big deal on the Internet.

Read more about those stories and others in the Morning Mashup at our new Out of Bounds blog.

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