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12/13/2012 - 6:33pm
Talib: Hip just a 'day-to-day injury'

Sounding a cautious tone three days before a potential matchup with Randy Moss, Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib said Thursday that he's doing his best to be ready to play against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday night at Gillette Stadium after suffering a hip injury late in the first half of Monday's win over the Texans.

"Just [a] day-to-day injury," Talib told reporters after practice Thursday. "[Just] working hard three times a day trying to get healthy."

Talib said he didn't know exactly when the injury occurred but he injured himself breaking up a Matt Schaub pass over the middle intended for Andre Johnson. He was on the ground for several minutes before getting up on his feet and slowly walking off the field under his own power. He went to the locker room just before halftime and returned to the sideline early in the second half but did not get back in the game, with his work limited to an exercise bike.

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12/13/2012 - 4:10pm
Sources: Sox, Dempster agree to 2-yr deal

Multiple industry sources confirmed that the Red Sox have reached a two-year, $26.5 million agreement (pending a physical) with free agent Ryan Dempster. The deal does not include an option. Terms of the deal were first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter). 

Dempster went 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings in 2012 with the Cubs and Rangers, though he went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA after Texas acquired him at the trade deadline. Though 35, Dempster has been durable with a strong track record since moving from the bullpen to the rotation with the Cubs in 2008. Over the last five years, he’s averaged 199 innings a year (2012, in fact, was the first time in that span during which he’d failed to log 200 innings) with a 65-49 record and 3.74 ERA.

One major league source suggested that the Sox should -- and...

12/13/2012 - 3:58pm
Sox' interest in Hamilton capped at 3 years

According to an industry source, the Red Sox did have interest in the possibility of acquiring free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but the team's interest was limited to the idea of getting the 31-year-old free agent on a deal of three years or fewer. The Sox were not interested in competing with the length of term offered by the Angels, who reportedly reached an agreement with Hamilton on a five-year, $125 million deal on Thursday afternoon. 

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, hit .285 with a .354 OBP, .577 slugging mark, .930 OPS and a career-high 43 homers for the Rangers in 2012. In his six-year big league career, the top overall pick in the 1999 draft has hit .304/.363/.549/.913 with 161 homers while averaging 123 games per year.

His AL West defection from the Rangers to the Angels represents an impactful shift for 2013, although with the Halos committing to Hamilton between ages 32-36, along with the remaining nine years on the contract...

12/13/2012 - 2:50pm
Cherington: 'Issues' with Napoli deal remain

Speaking after the press conference to announce the signing of outfielder Shane Victorino, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington wouldn't elaborate the delay in announcing was expected to be Mike Napoli's three-year, $39 million deal.

Napoli was scheduled to be introduced at a press conference Tuesday, but an issue following the infielder's Monday physical has delayed the process.

"I understand the question, it's just a situation where we're working through some things in regards to another player, and until — as has been our policy — until every sort of aspect of the agreement's resolved, where not in a position to comment on it publicly," Cherington said. "We're still at a point where we're still working through some issues and that's all I can say at this point."

While there has been assumption that the delay has been due to a medical issue involving Napoli, Cherington wouldn't elaborate on the source of...

12/13/2012 - 2:47pm
Gronk only one missing from practice

Rob Gronkowski was the only member of the Patriots not on the field at the start of Thursday's practice session, according to reports. The tight end, who also did not participate in Wednesday's walk-through, is battling hip and forearm issues. Notables who were back on the field include defensive lineman Kyle Love. In addition, cornerbacks Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard and Aqib Talib have been banged up lately, but were all on the field at the start of practice Thursday.

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