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10/04/2012 - 11:54am
Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox announced Thursday that they have fired manager Bobby Valentine after one season on the job. Valentine went 69-93 in his lone season for Boston after taking over for Terry Francona. 

“Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons,” general manager Ben Cherington said in the team's press release to announce the firing. “No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame. We’ve been making personnel changes since August, and we will continue to do so as we build a contending club. With an historic number of injuries, Bobby was dealt a difficult hand.  He did the best he could under seriously adverse circumstances, and I am thankful to him.”

Added team president and CEO Larry Lucchino: “This year’s won-loss record reflects a season of agony. It begs for changes, some of which have already transpired.  More will come.  We are determined to fix that which is...

10/04/2012 - 10:07am
Pats' Jones NFL Defensive Rookie of Month

FOXBORO -- After collecting three sacks and five quarterback hits in his first four NFL games, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones was honored Thursday as NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September. 

Jones broke onto the scene in his first game, with a strip-sack of Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker, causing a fumble that was recovered by fellow rookie Dont'a Hightower and returned six yards for a touchdown in New England's 34-13 win. 

Jones has 19 total tackles, which is fifth on the team, and has forced two fumbles, tied with Brandon Spikes for most on the team. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.


10/04/2012 - 8:35am
Red Sox get No. 7 pick in draft

The Red Sox' worst season since 1966 will net the team the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 draft. The Sox' 69-93 record was tied for the sixth-worst in baseball with the Marlins. However, because Miami had a worse record than the Sox in 2011, they won the tiebreaker for the better pick. 

The only other time that the team had a top 10 pick since 1968 was in 1993, when the team also had the No. 7 pick, a selection used to tab outfielder Trot Nixon. The No. 7 spot in the draft has produced a number of stars, including some Hall of Fame-caliber players, including: Ray Fosse (two-time All-Star), Frank Thomas (five-time All-Star, two-time MVP), Prince Fielder (four-time All-Star), Troy Tulowitzki (two-time All-Star) and Clayton Kershaw (two-time All-Star and 2011 NL Cy Young winner). 

Because the Sox have a top 10 pick, their first-round selection is also protected, meaning they would not sacrifice it if they sign a free agent who receives a...

10/04/2012 - 2:42am
Mashup: Terry learns to drop his 'R's

In Thursday's Morning Mashup, we have reaction from Miguel Cabrera about winning the Triple Crown, a story of a professional boxer announcing he is gay, trivia, and much more, including a video of Jason Terry getting a lesson on the infamous Boston accent. 

You wouldn't believe it, but this video makes Bostonians look stupid. (Seriously, doesn't Hollywood regularly accomplish this enough?) It's full of people telling JET to "Pahk his cah in Havid Yad" and dropping the word "wicked" left and right because ... BOSTON!

Although I will say, JET's change in facial expression while mowing down a sausage sub as the vendor happily says, "nine inches of pleasure" could be in my top three moments of 2012. Classic.

For more on these stories, check out the Morning Mashup at the...

10/04/2012 - 12:41am
Pedroia played two months with ligament tear

Dustin Pedroia will undergo surgery on a torn ligament in his right pinky finger Tuesday in Arizona. The second baseman has been playing with the injury since July 29, when a ball damaged the finger while fielding a seventh-inning ground ball off the bat of New York's Mark Teixeira.

A pin will be placed in the finger by Dr. Donald Sheridan, who will take out the support after four weeks. The ligament proved to be a persistent problem throughout Pedroia's final 57 games, continuing to pop out. An MRI taken late last week revealed that surgery was needed. 

Pedroia, who battled two separate thumb ailments throughout the 2012 season, went on to hit .324 with a .904 OPS after damaging the finger. He would miss only three games after suffering the injury.

No surgery is expected to be needed on Pedroia's broken left ring finger, which occurred in Baltimore last Sunday and kept him out of Monday's game at Yankee Stadium.

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