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12/23/2012 - 7:48am
Ross: 'Don't know why' Sox took approach

Speaking on a conference call following the announcement of his agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a three-year, $26 million deal (with a fourth year club option), Cody Ross talked about his disappointment regarding the Red Sox' approach in negotiations.

"We just couldn't agree on terms," he said. "At some point -- just to be completely honest with you guys -- they thought I was going to come back no matter what. That I loved playing there, and I did. It's a great park. It's Fenway Park. How can you not love playing at Fenway, going to work every day there? But I just wanted to be treated fairly. I wasn't asking to be overpaid. I didn't want to break the bank and they weren't willing to do it. I'm sure there's reasons why. I don't know why. You have to ask them why. It just didn't work out."

According to a baseball source, the Red Sox didn't want to go beyond offering two years for Ross, who also drew interest from...

12/22/2012 - 9:12pm
Pats rule out Gronk, Spikes and Dennard

The Patriots have ruled out Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Spikes and Alfonzo Dennard for Sunday's game in Jacksonville. All three were limited this week in practice and were initially listed as "questionable" before the team ruled them out on Saturday night. 

Gronkowski, as first reported by the Boston Globe on Friday, will be missing his fifth straight game since breaking his left forearm against the Colts on Nov. 18. Spikes has spent the last several weeks on the injury report with a knee issue but was also limited this week with an ankle injury. After injury-shortened seasons in his first two seasons, Spikes has played in all 14 games this year, with Sunday marking his first game missed of the season. 

Spikes is second to Jerod Mayo on the team in tackles with 92 and is tied with Rob Ninkovich in forced fumbles with five. 

Dennard, the rookie cornerback out of Nebraska, injured his right knee late in the first half last...

12/22/2012 - 7:24pm
BC edges Providence; Harvard holds off HC

Ryan Anderson had 24 points and seven rebounds to lead Boston College to a 71-68 victory over Providence on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.

Olivier Hanlan contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds for BC (6-5). 

For Providence (8-3), Bryce Cotton score 33 points, hitting 7-of-14 treys, while Kadeem Batts had 14 points and seven rebounds.

The game was tied at 36 at the break. With 6:02 remaining, BC used a 7-2 run -- fueled by 3-pointers from Patrick Heckmann and Lonnie Jackson -- to turn a one-point deficit into a 60-56 lead. The Eagles never trailed again, although Providence kept things close until the end. After Cotton hit two free throws with 57 seconds left, the margin was two. On BC's ensuing possession, Anderson took a pass from Joe Rahon and laid the ball in as the shot clock expired to make it a two-possession game.

In Cambridge, Wesley Saunders scored 14 points to pace a balanced scoring attack for Harvard in a 72-65...

12/22/2012 - 4:37pm
Source: Sox land Hanrahan from Pirates

According to a major league source, as first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN (via twitter), the Red Sox and Pirates have reached an agreement on a deal that would bring All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston. The deal, however, is not yet final.

The source confirmed Bowden's report that the Sox will send outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands and right-hander Stolmy Pimentel to Pittsburgh, while adding that there are more players involved in the deal than just those three. The Sox have agreed to send four players to Pittsburgh, with two players coming back to Boston. 

Hanrahan was an All-Star closer for the Pirates each of the last two seasons, recording 76 saves while punching out a batter an inning and walking 3.6 batters per nine innings -- though it's worth noting that his walk rate spiked from 2.1 per nine in 2011 to 5.4 in 2012. He features an at-times dominant mix of a mid-90s fastball and wipeout slider. 

According to Bowden...

12/22/2012 - 12:23pm
Source: Ross, Diamondbacks agree to deal

According to a source, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cody Ross have agreed to a three-year deal worth $26 million with a fourth year option that carries a $1 million buyout. The New York Daily News was first to report the agreement (via Twitter), while ESPN's Jim Bowden reports (via Twitter) was first to report the terms.

Ross, who also was also garnering interest from Rangers, Seattle and Philadelphia, received a two-year offer from the Red Sox. Sox general manager Ben Cherington stated Wednesday that the door was still open for a Ross return, but the two sides hadn't recently talked.

The 31-year-old hit .267 with an .807 OPS and 22 home runs in 2012 for the Red Sox.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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