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10/02/2010 - 1:10pm
No Taylor at start of Saturday practice

According to pool reporter William Bendetson, the following players were not at the media portion of practice Saturday morning for the Patriots: cornerback Terrence Wheatley, running back Fred Taylor, and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur. Taylor, who has missed most of the week with a nagging toe injury, likely will not play when New England meets the Dolphins Monday night in Miami. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


10/01/2010 - 10:34pm
Red Sox-Yankees postponed

The scheduled contest between the Red Sox and Yankees on Friday night was postponed after a rain delay 3 hours 30 minutes.

 

Tickets for Friday's game will be honored on Saturday night at 9:05 p.m., for the second half of a day-night doubleheader. The previously scheduled game on Saturday, with a start time of 4:10 p.m., will take place as scheduled.

 

Tim Wakefield will start the first game, replacing Clay Buchholz, who was scratched due to a stiff lower back. He will oppose Andy Pettitte.

 

The night contest will be started by Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was slated to start Friday's game. A.J. Burnett will take the hill against him.

 

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10/01/2010 - 7:48pm
Buchholz scratched due to stiff back

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz' breakout 2010 season will end in disappointing fashion, as the 26-year-old has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Yankees on Saturday due to a stiff lower back. Tim Wakefield wil get the start in Buchholz' place.

 

Buchholz concludes his first full year in the Red Sox rotation with a 17-7 record and a 2.33 ERA that ranked second in the American League to Felix Hernandez (2.27) of the Seattle Mariners. He made 28 starts and pitched 173 2/3 innings, joining Jon Lester to give the Red Sox two All-Star starters atop their rotation. Buchholz struck out 120 and walked 67, holding opponents to a measly .226 average and nine homers.

 

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10/01/2010 - 6:49pm
Chara deal before season no slam-dunk
By: DJ Bean

BELFAST -- Zdeno Chara expressed on Friday his desire to stay with the Bruins beyond this season, the final one of his contract. Though Chara has said throughout the process that he would like to have a contract extension wrapped up before the regular season begins, a source familiar with the negotiations has told WEEI.com that though they are "shooting for" finishing a deal before the Oct. 9 opener against the Coyotes in Prague, they are "not sure it is possible."

 

Chara is planning on playing until he is 45, something he feels he can do based on his tireless commitment to his fitness. It is unlikely that this deal will be his last, given the scrutiny placed by the league on deals that go past a player's 40th birthday and that such a pact would be an 11-year deal. Chara understands that it might take more than one contract to get him through the rest of his career, but is hopeful that any progress made since an offseason...

10/01/2010 - 5:13pm
Gammons: Beltre 'going to be tough signing'

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons joined The Big Show on Friday, offering his thoughts on a variety of topics, including his opinion on what the Red Sox will do with the $12.5 million option for David Ortiz in 2011.

 

"I think they will pick it [the option] up," said Gammons. "Because I know they're really worried if they don't he's going to be hitting against right-handed pitchers in either New York or Tampa. I think that's a tough thing to swallow. He may not be happy about them picking up the one year … but he did sign the contract. I understand where he's coming from and I understand how terrific he's been for this franchise, but that's the luck of the draw."

 

Gammons was asked if he thought the Sox were more likely to make a run at Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford in the offseason. The two outfielders are considered the top positional players in the 2010 free agent class.

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