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03/06/2012 - 12:29pm
Silva out of mix for rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the first time this spring, a candidate for the last two spots in the Red Sox rotation has been removed from consideration. Veteran right-hander Carlos Silva, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox this winter, has been shut down with shoulder inflammation that is serious enough to prevent him from being considered for the rotation with which the Sox will open the year.

"That’s probably going to set him back enough that he won’t be totally in the mix," said Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who said that while a definitive timetable was unavailable, the injury will keep Silva out of the "little picture situation."

Valentine said that the issue was related to a pre-existing condition that the Sox knew about.

"I think we know exactly what it is and we were hoping it wouldn’t present itself as quickly as it did," said Valentine.

Asked what the longer-term...

03/06/2012 - 11:24am
Reports: Moss to work out for Saints

According to several reports, Randy Moss will work out for the Saints on Tuesday. The 35-year-old wide receiver did not play in 2011 and struggled in 2010, catching just 25 passes as he played for the Patriots, Vikings and Saints. 

Moss reportedly met with the Saints at the team facility after New Orleans lost to the Packers in Week 1 last September, though the team denied the reports.

Moss ranks second in NFL history with 153 touchdown receptions, and his 954 catches place ninth on the all-time chart.

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03/06/2012 - 11:10am
Crawford: Thought would be fine by now

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking in the JetBlue Park home clubhouse prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Tuesday morning, Carl Crawford talked about the approach he is taking with his surgically-repaired left wrist. It was learned, after being examined by Dr. Donald Sheridan Monday, that Crawford is going to go without any hitting or throwing for 5-7 days due to continued inflammation.

"Just took it in stride. There isn't too much I can do," he said. "I just have to go with the flow and do whatever I can. ... At the end of the day, it's probably best to wait until it heals correctly and that way I can be strong and I don't have to worry about it happening again."

Crawford later added, "I thought I would have been fine by now."

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that having Crawford return by Opening Day was "probably not realistic." When asked about any adjusted goal...

03/06/2012 - 10:42am
Billick: Gronk 'didn't much care' about loss

NFL Network and FOX Sports analyst Brian Billick was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning. Billick was asked about Super Bowl XLVI and specifically the fourth-quarter drop by Wes Welker, a play that many still view as crucial to the final outcome. Billick was quick to praise Welker but was highly critical of Rob Gronkowski, who played the Super Bowl with an injured ankle that required surgery five days later. Video of a shirtless Gronkowski dancing at the team's postgame Super Bowl party was a subject of controversy in the days after the 21-17 loss to the Giants. 

"No one takes it more personal [than Welker], as opposed to [Rob] Gronkowski, who didn't much care and just decided to go party all night," Billick said. "I can't imagine that Wes Welker was out partying after that game. You know he was devastated.

"It shows me -- and I know this young man, I worked him out when we were at the combine...

03/06/2012 - 8:50am
Mashup: NCAA looks at Syracuse drug issues

A great season for the Syracuse basketball team on the court continues to be marred by off-court news. More than three months after longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid accusations that he sexually molested former ballboys, school officials on Monday acknowledged that they self-reported possible violations of the school's internal drug policy last year and the NCAA is investigating.

A Yahoo! Sports report indicates that at least 10 players since 2001 tested positive for banned substances, yet all of them were allowed to practice and play instead of being suspended. One of the players allegedly failed four tests and another tested positive for three.

Syracuse (30-1) is the No. 1 seed for the Big East tournament and opens play in Thursday's quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. Jim Boeheim's Orange are in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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