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07/14/2010 - 12:25pm
Blue Jays send Gonzalez to Braves

The Blue Jays sent former Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez and his 17 home runs to the Braves Wednesday in a trade for shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. The Jays also sent two minor leaguers to Atlanta to complete the deal.

 

Gonzalez signed with Toronto as a free agent in the offseason after completing his second stint in Boston in 2009, hitting .284 with five home runs in 44 games. He got off to a fast start in Toronto and is hitting .259 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI in 85 games.

 

Escobar, in his fourth season in the majors, is considered a solid defensive player, but he has struggled this year. After hitting .299 with 14 home runs and 76 RBI in 141 games last year, he is hitting .238 with no home runs and 19 RBI in 75 games for the first-place Braves. He's also committed nine errors.


07/14/2010 - 11:47am
Report: Williams leaves C's for Nuggets

According to a report from ESPN's John Hollinger, forward Shelden Williams has agreed to sign with the Nuggets. Williams was a reserve for the Celtics in 2009-10 who showed flashes in the early part of the season but was not a contributor by the time the playoffs rolled around. The report indicates that the Nuggets also have re-signed veteran guard Anthony Carter.


07/14/2010 - 11:32am
Red Sox set rehab assignments

The Red Sox announced rehab assignments for three of their injured players. Manny Delcarmen is scheduled to begin his stint with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Thursday night at New Britain. Clay Buchholz will start for the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night at Syracuse. Josh Beckett will make his second rehab start Saturday night when he pitches for the PawSox at Syracuse.

 

The Sox also announced their pitchers for the upcoming series vs. the Rangers at Fenway Park. Tim Wakefield will face right-hander Tommy Hunter in Thursday's opener. Felix Doubront will go up against righty Colby Lewis on Friday night. Saturday night's game features John Lackey against All-Star left-hander Cliff Lee. Jon Lester will face fellow left C.J. Wilson in Sunday afternoon's finale.

 

For more Red Sox news, check out the WEEI Red Sox team page.


07/14/2010 - 11:27am
TO: 'I'd definitely be open' to playing for Pats

Wide receiver Terrell Owens said Wednesday morning he’d “definitely be open” to playing for the Patriots. The 36-year-old wide receiver, currently a free agent, told WJMN Radio he’d welcome an opportunity to play in New England.

“I’d definitely be open to that,” said Owens, who played with the Bills last season and caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns.

Owens addressed his critics who believe he’d need to catch a certain amount of passes to be satisfied, saying he’d be like LeBron James and take a lesser role and less money in an attempt to make it work with the Patriots.

“People think that they have that perception about me. Of course. Any receiver ... what receiver that’s out there that’s had great stats, great careers that didn’t want the ball? I’m no different,” Owens said. “But of course — I mean, you...

07/14/2010 - 7:48am
Mashup: Tiger stays tame with media

Tiger Woods spent another day calmly refusing to answer in depth any questions related to his personal life from the aggressive British media in Scotland as he prepares for the British Open. One columnist writes that Tiger would do everyone a favor by opening up and showing a human side. Read more about that, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


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