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09/12/2010 - 6:37am
Lowell confirms he will retire at season's end

After insinuating that this would be his last season, Mike Lowell told the Boston Herald that he will be ending his 13-year big league career at the conclusion of the 2010 season. "I'm retiring," he told The Herald. "I just don't want to make it a song and dance because I don't think that's necessary, but if someone needs something official, yeah, I'm going to retire. This is going to be my last year."

 

Lowell had first hinted at retirement in the Red Sox' initial road series of the season, in Kansas City, and then again at various times over the last two months. He had referenced how he was looking forward to spending more time with his two young children, and that the time he spent at home just prior to, and during, the All-Star break helped give the 36-year-old an idea of what he...

09/11/2010 - 11:51pm
Lackey can't hold lead, Sox lose to A's

John Lackey suffered his 10th loss of the season, giving up three runs in the seventh inning, as the Red Sox dropped a 4-3 decision to the A's Saturday night in Oakland. Lackey, who hadn't succumbed to double-digit losses since 2006, allowed just two hits prior to giving up four hits in the pivotal seventh. Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard allowed the A's to claim an insurance run in the eighth when Jack Cust singled in Coco Crisp. Hideki Okajima came on for Bard with two outs in the eighth, getting out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing a ground out to third by pinch-hitter Matt Carson.

 

The Sox closed the gap to a run in the ninth when Victor Martinez ripped a two-out double off Oakland closer Andrew Bailey, and then proceeded to score on Adrian Beltre's bloop into center field, which put the third baseman in scoring position. But David Ortiz, pinch-hitting for Mike Lowell, took a called third strike on a full-count fastball to end the game....

09/11/2010 - 6:43pm
Second half surge: BC puts away Kent St.

CHESTNUT HILL -- Red-shirt freshman Nate Freese hit four field goals and quarterback Dave Shinskie threw a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter as Boston College beat Kent State, 26-13, Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

 

Clyde Lee caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown while Bobby Swigert also had a touchdown catch. Wes Davis, Jim Noel and Alex Albright all recorded interceptions for the BC defense, which Kent State to just 205 of total offense on the day. 

 

Boston College improves to 2-0 and has a bye next week before playing host to Virginia Tech on Sept. 25 at Alumni Stadium in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener. 

 

For more, visit the BC Blog at WEEI.com.


09/11/2010 - 4:11pm
Padres owner: Gonzalez won't be traded

San Diego Padres principal owner Jeff Moorad told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that the Padres will not be trading Adrian Gonzalez this offseason. The first baseman, who has long been of interest to the Red Sox, will become a free agent following the 2011 season if he does not sign an extension with the Padres. Rosenthal quoted Moorad as saying, "It's a foregone conclusion that he will be back with the team." 

 

Rosenthal reports that is still uncertain what will transpire after this offseason, with the 28-year-old most likely looking at something closer to Mark Teixeira's deal (8 years, $180 million) rather than a three-year contract with the same relative annual average.

 

Gonzalez is currently hitting .305 with a .394 on-base percentage, .512 slugging and 27 home runs. 

 

See below for Rosenthal's report:

 

 

 

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09/11/2010 - 3:28pm
Kraft, Brady issue statement on new deal

The Patriots recently released a statement that included quotes from owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady on Brady’s four-year extension. Here’s the complete text of the release:

Yesterday, the Patriots submitted the paperwork for the four-year contract extension that was recently signed by Tom Brady. The extension extends through the 2014 NFL season. Today, both Robert Kraft and Tom Brady issued statements regarding the extension.
 
Statement from New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on the four-year contract extension that was signed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: “We have been very fortunate to have Tom Brady as the quarterback of the New England Patriots for the past decade. I am glad that this contract extension will allow his tenure to continue well into the next decade. Tom has been a terrific representative for the Patriots and a great leader for this franchise....

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