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04/29/2011 - 8:30am
Schefter on D&C: Bowers to Pats in Round 2?

Adam Schefter of ESPN joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the NFL draft. The Patriots took Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder at No. 17 and then traded the No. 28 pick to New Orleans for a second-rounder this weekend and a first-rounder next year.

The Patriots have the first pick of Friday's second round. Schefter said people he spoke with after Thursday night's opening round predicted the Pats would trade the No. 33 overall pick, but he's not so sure.

"Is it going to surprise me if they trade out? Not at all," Schefter said. "But I'm sitting here, I'm saying to myself: You're New England. You've already stockpiled double [first-round picks] for next year. At some point you've got to start picking players. And there's some pretty good players on the board.

"There aren't many people that thought that Da'Quan Bowers would be sitting there at the top of Round 2. I know he's got medicals [...

04/29/2011 - 7:54am
Mashup: 2nd incident for Braves' McDowell

High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who on Wednesday stood with Giants fan Justin Quinn and accused Braves coach Roger McDowell of making crude comments, gestures and threats to fans over the weekend, said Thursday that a second fan has contacted her about an incident involving McDowell in another state. The commissioner's office said it is waiting for the Braves to finish gathering information before making a decision about possible punishment.

Also in the news, Major League Baseball acknowledged it is considering how to punish White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for tweeting during a game Wednesday night in violation of league rules. Guillen had been ejected from the game at Yankee Stadium for arguing with an umpire when he tweeted sarcastic comments about the situation.

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04/29/2011 - 7:28am
Youkilis 'good to play' after jamming hip

Both Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Kevin Youkilis said the third baseman should be ready to when the team returns to Fenway Park Friday to play the Mariners after he left Thursday night's win in Baltimore with a jammed hip.

"I just slid and it got a little locked up," Youkilis told reporters after the Red Sox' 6-2 victory over the Orioles. "As the game went on, it locked up a little bit more, but I should be good to play [Friday]. It was bugging me, and Tito said, 'Give it a rest so you can play tomorrow.' "

The hip injury, which forced Youkilis out of the game in the eighth inning, occurred in the first inning when he slid into second base in trying to break up an eventual double-play. The cleanup hitter made three more plate appearances, coming away with a flyout, strikeout and walk before being replaced by Jed Lowrie.

Youkilis is hitting .208 but has an OPS of .890, best on the team. In eight games on the road...

04/28/2011 - 11:14pm
Pats trade No. 28 to NO for future 1st
By: DJ Bean

The Patriots traded the 28th overall pick of the 2011 NFL draft to the Saints Thursday, acquiring the 56th overall pick and New Orleans' first-round pick in 2012. After securing the 28th pick, the Saints selected Alabama running back Mark Ingram. 

With the move, the Patriots now have three second-round picks on Friday and two first-round picks in 2012. 

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04/28/2011 - 9:57pm
Solder of fortune: Pats take Colorado OT
By: DJ Bean

The Patriots selected Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder 17th overall in the NFL draft Thursday night. Solder stands at a mammoth 6-foot-8 and 319 pounds.

Solder is one of the more raw prospects to go in the first round, as he is still getting used to playing tackle after being recruited as a tight end (a transition that is not uncommon). 

“I’ve been playing tackle for three years now, which isn’t a whole lot of time, so there’s things I need to refine with in my technique constantly,” he said at the scouting combine in February. “I take some of that with a grain of salt, but people who know what they’re talking about and that I listen to [say] I need to refine some of that stuff.”

The Patriots had the 17th overall pick as a result of the 2009...

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