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06/12/2012 - 3:36pm
Lineup: Middlebrooks batting cleanup for Sox
By: DJ Bean

Will Middlebrooks is back in the lineup and batting cleanup Tuesday as the Red Sox play their second of three games against the Marlins in Miami. The Sox have lost four consecutive games and seven of their last eight contests. 

The Red Sox will send 6-2 Clay Buchholz to the mound against Mark Buehrle. Buchholz is coming off consecutive wins in which he pitched deep into the game, as he tossed eight innings against the Blue Jays on June 1 and threw a complete game shutout last Thursday against the Orioles, the team's last win. Boston's lineup is as follows:

1. Scott Podsednik, LF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

4. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

5. Adrian Gonzalez, RF

6. Kelly Shoppach, C

7. Mike Aviles, SS

8. Darnell McDonald, LF

9. Clay Buchholz, SP 

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06/12/2012 - 3:18pm
Welker: 'I don't really expect anything'

FOXBORO -- The clock is ticking toward a deadline to agree to terms on a contract extension with Patriots receiver Wes Welker. The star receiver signed his franchise tag tender in May, guaranteeing him $9.5 million for the 2012 season. Under the terms of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, Welker, his agent David Dunn and the Patriots have until July 16 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract or be forced to wait until next offseason. 

"I don't really expect anything. I expect for me to go out there and do my job to the best of my ability," Welker said after Tuesday's first of three minicamp workouts and practices at Gillette Stadium. "I'm not worried about that all. Right now, I'm here and I'm happy. I'm just here to help our team win here in 2012.


06/12/2012 - 12:52pm
Belichick: Waters out for 'personal reasons'

FOXBORO -- Veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters was not at Patriots minicamp on Tuesday as the mandatory three-day session began outside Gillette Stadium. The 35-year-old played all 16 games for the Patriots in 2011 and is a 12-year NFL veteran. Waters is under contract for 2012 and is due to make $1.4 million.

"Players are working hard. I think we're heading in the right direction," Belichick said in his opening statement Tuesday morning. "All of the players are here except for Brian Waters. He's excused for personal reasons. We have some players out there who are not participating that are at various stages of rehab. We'll evaluate those guys on a day-to-day basis, like we always do. Another day at the office." 

Belichick did not expand when asked whether he or the team has been given any indication on whether Waters is considering retirement. 

"I don't have anything to add," Belichick said. "...

06/12/2012 - 12:29pm
Belichick on Ocho: 'Other options are better'

FOXBORO -- On the first day of June minicamp, Bill Belichick said he hadn't given much thought to the release last week of wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. One receiver who will get an opportunity is Jesse Holley, the receiver who won a tryout in Cowboys camp in 2009 after winning a competition on Michael Irvin's reality show. The Patriots signed him this week as part of their roster manuvering. 

"We've added and released a number of players here in the last couple of weeks," said Belichick, before alluding to the release of Ochocinco. "With all the players coming in, there's an opportunity for them. With the players we released, we feel like for whatever reason, it's time to move on and there are other options that are better for the team."

Asked directly about why Ochocinco was cut in New England, Belichick said simply that's in the past. 

"I don't know. Bottom line is that's in the past," Belichick...

06/12/2012 - 9:38am
Rosenthal: Dodgers interested in Youkilis

MLB on FOX reporter and senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan Show on Tuesday morning. Rosenthal was asked about recent trade rumors surrounding Kevin Youkilis. Rosenthal had a report over the weekend that the Pirates have inquired about Youkilis, who is hitting .224 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 36 games this season.

"There are some complications here, as you guys know," Rosnethal said. "First, it's a declining performance. He's not really hitting since coming back, about .233, I believe. And he's slowed down at third base, better at first at this point. His body breaks down, all that, plus he's owed about $8 million for the rest of this year plus the $1 million buyout. It's not conducive to making a trade, all of these factors. The other issue is what do you get back? That's what people always want to know, and that is part of the problem. You're not going to get...

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