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04/29/2011 - 10:30pm
Tito: Think [Daisuke] be OK for next start

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka left Friday night's outing against the Mariners after allowing a leadoff single to Ichiro Suzuki in the top of the fifth inning. After the pitch, an 87 mph fastball, catcher Jason Varitek went to the mound to check with the pitcher. Manager Terry Francona and two trainers joined the pitcher on the mound, at which time the decision was made to pull him from the game. The injury was described by the team as right elbow tightness.

"He just said it was stiff. He didn't put up a fight," said Francona after the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Seattle. "We're trying to be obviously cautious. ... We think he'll be OK for his next start."

It was noteworthy that none of his five fastballs against Ichiro exceeded 88 mph, with a drop in velocity certainly representing a source of concern in conjunction with the description of the injury. Matsuzaka left having allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits while walking...

04/29/2011 - 10:21pm
Jenks, Red Sox can't hold off Mariners

Bobby Jenks allowed two runs in the seventh inning, allowing the Mariners to take the lead for good on the way to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Friday night at Fenway Park.  The big hit came from Jack Cust, who ripped a two-out, one-run double off the left field wall for the game's final run. The loss spoiled a memorable night for Mike Cameron, who launched his first and second home runs of the season (both solo shots).

Regardless of how the Sox bullpen held up, starter Daisuke Matsuzaka wouldn't have gotten a decision after leaving due to elbow tightness following four innings of work. Matsuzaka gave up three runs, but walked four and finished throwing 81 pitches. Matsuzaka, who left with the Sox holding a 4-3 lead, was relieved by Matt Albers. Albers pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. 

The Red Sox only managed to get four runners in scoring position all night, while Seattle went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring...

04/29/2011 - 9:32pm
Pats swing deal for picks with Oakland

The Patriots have traded the 92nd and 125th overall picks in this year's draft to Oakland for the Raiders' seventh-round pick (219th overall) in this draft and a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. That gives New England two first-round picks and two second-round picks in the 2012 draft. Barring another deal, the Patriots will not make another trade on Friday night. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/29/2011 - 9:20pm
Patriots take QB Ryan Mallett at No. 74

The Patriots have chosen quarterback Ryan Mallett with the No. 74 overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday night. Mallett was one of the most polarizing signal-callers available in this year’s draft — he has one of the strongest arms out there, having thrown for almost 4,000 yards this past season with Arkansas. However, Mallett is hounded by character questions, including drug rumors that  reportedly caused his draft stock to fall. The 6-foot-7, 253-pound Mallett had 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns thispast year with the Razorbacks. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/29/2011 - 9:14pm
Pats taken RB Stevan Ridley at No. 73

With the 73rd overall pick in Friday’s NFL draft, the Patriots selected LSU running back Stevan Ridley out of LSU. The 5-foot-11, 225-pounder is the second running back taken by New England — the Patriots selected Cal’s Shane Vereen at No. 56. Ridley had big numbers as a senior with the Tigers where he compiled 1,147 yards on 249 carries with 15 touchdowns in his only full season as the starting running back. (The 1,147 yards rank as seventh-highest season total in school history, while his 15 rushing TDs tie Kevin Faulk as the fourth-best mark for a season in LSU history.) For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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