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10/30/2011 - 6:28pm
Roethlisberger, Steelers get better of Pats

Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns and engineered five scoring drives of 10 plays or more to lead the Steelers to a 25-17 win over the Patriots Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Steelers (6-2) jumped on the Pats early, taking a 10-0 lead out of the gate and holding on in the second half to post their fourth win in a row and sixth victory in the last seven games. Meanwhile, the Patriots (5-2) saw a three-game winning streak go by the boards with the defeat, their first loss in Pittsburgh since 2004.

The New England offense was held in check all afternoon, as Tom Brady ended up 24-for-35 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Brady found Deion Branch for one first-half touchdown and Aaron Hernandez for a second-half score, and the Patriots got a 46-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter from Stephen Gostkowski. But it wouldn't be enough, as the Steelers offense went up and down the field without an issue most of the afternoon....

10/30/2011 - 5:42pm
Red Sox pick up Scutaro's option for '12

The Red Sox have announced they are picking up shortstop Marco Scutaro's $6 million team option for 2012. Scutaro, who turned 36 years old Sunday, also possessed a $3 million player option if the team had declined its option.

Scutaro has been with the Red Sox for the past two seasons after signing a two-year, $12.5 million deal as a free agent prior to the 2010 campaign. He turned in one of his best seasons as a major leaguer in '11 despite playing in just 113 games due to an oblique injury, hitting .299 with a .358 on-base percentage. Scutaro also finished last season with a career-best .423 slugging percentage and .781 OPS. In his two seasons with the Sox, Scutaro has a line of .283/.343/.401/.744.

Despite his age, and injury concerns, Scutaro would have entered the free agent market as perhaps the second-most coveted shortstop behind Jose Reyes. Also factoring into the Red Sox' decision is the need for shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to get...

10/30/2011 - 1:24pm
Eight Red Sox file for free agency

According to the Major League Baseball Players Association, eight Red Sox were among 148 players to file for free agency Sunday. The list includes Erik Bedard, J.D. Drew, Conor Jackson, Trever Miller, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield.

Of the group, Ortiz and Papelbon figure to be Type A free agents -- resulting in the Red Sox receiving two draft picks if the player is offered arbitration, declines it and then signs with another team. Varitek is scheduled to be classified as a Type B free agent, potentially sending one draft pick to the Sox. It was reported Saturday night by WEEI.com that the Red Sox have yet to make a formal contract offer to Papelbon.

Marco Scutaro and Dan Wheeler each have team options the Red Sox have until 11:59 p.m. Monday to decide whether or not to pick up. Scutaro's team option is for $6 million, while Wheeler's option is for $3 million. If the options aren't executed, both would be eligible...

10/30/2011 - 10:09am
Mackanin, Sveum to be interviewed this week

According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum for the Sox' managerial opening early this week. The two represent the first candidates to be interviewed for the position.

The 60-year-old Mackanin has served as an interim manager for both the Pirates and Reds. With the Pirates in 2005 he went 12-14, and he compiled a 41-39 mark with the Reds in '07. He has served as Charlie Manuel's bench coach for the past three seasons, having also managed nine different minor league teams. 

Sveum's familiarity with the Red Sox dates back to his stint as the team's third-base coach in 2004 and '05. The 47-year-old has been with the Brewers since '06, having served as the team's third-base coach, bench coach and hitting coach, while also managing on an interim status in '08. When managing in the minor leagues, Sveum was named the top managerial prospect in the Eastern...

10/29/2011 - 11:09pm
Source: No offer yet from Sox to Papelbon

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have yet to make a contract offer to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who will be eligible to become a free agent once the Sox' exclusive negotiating period ends at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. (The negotiating window lasts for five days following the completion of the World Series.)

When asked about the prospects of reaching a deal with either Papelbon or potential free agent David Ortiz within the Sox' exclusive negotiating period, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said, "Within the window? Tough to handicap. My impression is that Pap will probably get into free agency. I’m not ruling anything out, but that’s my impression."

Papelbon is expected to be one of four top-tier closers on the free agent market, joining Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell and Ryan Madson. The Red Sox closer is coming off one of his best seasons, going 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA and 31 saves (in 34 chances), with 87...

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