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10/19/2010 - 3:16pm
Fenway right field fences may be moved in

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told WEEI.com that the right field fence at Fenway Park may be moved in as much as six feet for the upcoming season.

 

The re-structuring, which is pending approval from the Massachusetts Preservation Society, among other city-centric organizations, would be necessitated because of the width of the bullpens. The distance across for bullpens recommended by Major League Baseball is 27 feet, with the Fenway bullpens standing at 21 feet.

 

"We've provided some plans if it is approved, but we have to talk to the landmark people about that," Lucchino said. Regarding the bullpens, the Red Sox executive explained, "They're among the narrowest in baseball, if not the narrowest. It makes it hard for two guys to warm-up. It does have other effects in terms of reducing the depths of right field, which is among the deepest in baseball."

 

Lucchino pointed out that...

10/19/2010 - 3:14pm
NFL confirms $50K fine for Meriweather

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather will be fined $50,000 for his two helmet-to-helmet hits to Baltimore tight end Todd Heap but won’t be suspended, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.

The news was first reported by ESPN.

Meriweather’s two hits, which took place during Sunday’s win over the Ravens, drew the attention of league executives earlier in the week, with NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, telling ESPN Radio the hit was “flagrant” and “egregious.”

“That in our view is something that was fragrant, that was egregious,” said Anderson. “Effective immediately, that’s going to be looked at at a very aggressive level, which would include suspension without pay. … What I would tell you is that if there are flagrant and egregious violations of our current rules, we will be enforcing, effective immediately,...

10/19/2010 - 3:02pm
Sox unveil planned Fenway improvements

The Red Sox announced their plans for offseason renovations and improvements at Fenway Park, with the most prominent upgrade being the addition of three Hi-Definition scoreboards and video displays. The coming season will represent that completion of a 10-year cycle of improvements and projects at Fenway Park that commenced during the 2002 season, when the current ownership group assumed control of the club.

 

“This is the last year of a ten-year series of improvements to Fenway Park that has given this venerable old ballpark new life,” Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino said in a press release. “With more seats and more standing room, wide open concourses, a reinforced structure, new and improved restroom facilities, and many more food and beverage options for our fans, Fenway Park remains vibrant and appealing leading up to its 100th Anniversary in 2012.”

 

Additional work will be performed on the...

10/19/2010 - 2:11pm
Red Sox will perform 'due diligence' on Lee

According to a major league source, the Red Sox will perform "due diligence" on Cliff Lee this offseason, assuming that the Rangers ace reaches free agency. That is an approach that the Sox have taken with nearly every major free agent in recent years, including players such as CC Sabathia, whom the club acknowledged it had little chance of signing after the 2008 season.

 

While the Sox will inquire on Lee's asking price, however, it is considered very unlikely that they would be able to acquire him in an open bidding war, particularly after the team signed John Lackey to a five-year, $82.5 million deal last offseason and Josh Beckett to a four-year, $68 million extension at the start of this season. One major league source suggested before the playoffs that the Yankees are prepared to offer the left-hander a deal in excess of $100 million.

 

Certainly, Lee's performance this postseason -- in which he is 3-0 with a...

10/19/2010 - 12:53pm
O'Brien acknowledges incident with Moss

Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien acknowledged Tuesday that he and Randy Moss were involved in an incident shortly before Moss was dealt to Minnesota earlier this month.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters, O’Brien — who is listed on the company masthead as the quarterbacks coach, but has served as the de facto offensive coordinator for much of the last two seasons — said something did happen after the Patriots-Dolphins game, a contest where Moss finished with no catches for the only time in his three-plus years.

But he added that clashes of that type between players and coaches aren’t anything out of the ordinary when it comes to life in the NFL.

“That was three weeks ago,” O’Brien said. “I’ve been coaching for upwards of 20 years. That’s what we do. We coach, and the players have input into what we’re coaching. Things like that are going to...

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