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06/14/2012 - 11:51am
Cherington: 'Nothing going on' with Youk

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Wednesday. Cherington was asked about the recent trade rumors surrounding Kevin Youkilis. Several reports have the Pirates and Dodgers among teams interested in Youkilis, who is batting .219 this season for the Sox. Cherington acknowledged the emergence of Will Middlebrooks and the contractual status of Youkilis makes for a "perfect storm" of trade talk but denied that the club is intent on moving the veteran infielder.

"The reality is that there's nothing going on," Cherington said. "We've talked to several teams about several things, and teams have called to check in on Youk. That was a while back, probably right before he went on his rehab assignment. Right now we're focused on getting Kevin going, he's an important part of the team and we know that when he's clicking and feeling good he makes our lineup very tough to pitch to."


06/14/2012 - 10:43am
Theo: 'I blame myself' for free agent failures

Former Red Sox general manager and current Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday. 

Epstein spoke to several media outlets -- including Alex Speier of, who profiled Epstein on Thursday -- about a "monster" that was created by the success of the Sox and the massive expectations that followed. Epstein was asked if, later on in his tenure as GM, there was pressure from ownership to make major free-agent signings to satisfy the fan base.

"There are no villains here, it's the reality," Epstein said. "The reality of what happens in a big market, especially when you have incredible performance on the field as well as off the field. Things get bigger and bigger and I was always concerned about it getting too...

06/14/2012 - 7:59am
Mashup: NBA's Stern shocks radio host

NBA commissioner David Stern had a testy exchange with Jim Rome during an appearance on Rome's CBS radio show Wednesday. When Rome asked Stern if the NBA draft lottery was fixed, Stern replied, "Shame on you for asking," and then attempted to use an extreme example of a loaded question, asking Rome: "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" Rome, who has no history of domestic violence, responded: "I don't know if that's fair."

Stern directly denied that the lottery was rigged to give the league-owned Hornets the first pick, adding: "That's not a question I've been asked before by a respectable journalist." The commissioner also accused Rome of making a career of "cheap thrills."

Rome later issued a statement through CBS, insisting he knew the commissioner was only trying to make a point.

"I understood it," Rome said of the wife-beating question. "I didn't take great...

06/14/2012 - 6:46am
Youk: Trade rumors not reason for struggles

MIAMI -- Speaking to on Wednesday, Kevin Youkilis discussed his feelings about the possibility of being traded. Youkilis has been at the center of numerous trade rumors since returning from the disabled list on May 22. 

"I think in everything we do you would like to know, but that's not how business works," Youkilis said. "You would like to know what they're thinking in any line of work."

Youkilis was asked if he has been told anything by management regarding his future in Boston.

"That's what you have agents for," Youkilis said. "You just have to come to the field and play, do what you have to do. Until they tell me, or call me, or say something … I've got no information right now."

Bobby Valentine said on Wednesday that he "couldn't tell...

06/14/2012 - 3:01am
Salty: Doubront's stuff good as any lefty

Miami -- After catching Felix Doubront's seven-inning gem against the Marlins, in which he allowed just two runs in leading the Red Sox to a 10-2 win Wednesday night, Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia heaped some high praise on the young lefty.

"I saw that when he was coming out of the bullpen," said Saltalamacchia when asked when he realized Doubront possessed this sort of potential. "With the stuff’s he’s got is the best, it’s the best in the league  -- he’s up there with CC [Sabathia] and Jonny [Lester] and all those guys, as far as lefthanded pitchers go. I think he just needs to stay healthy, that’s the biggest thing for him. He’s done a great job of keeping his body in shape. You’ve seen what he’s doing."

Doubront didn't allow a hit until Jose Reyes' two-out, solo shot in the sixth inning. It was a milestone that the Sox starter admitted he wasn't blind to.


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