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11/05/2012 - 8:47pm
Four finalists for Red Sox pitching coach

According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox still are considering four finalists for the position of pitching coach on the staff of new manager John Farrell. The four candidates are former A's, Mets and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson; former Nationals and current Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Claire; current White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves; and former Marlins and Royals bullpen coach and current Royals special assistant to the GM Steve Foster.  

The sources said that the Sox also interviewed Dodgers minor league pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves, but that he is not currently under consideration. 

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that he expects the Sox will make a decision on the pitching coach this week. 

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11/05/2012 - 7:00pm
Ortiz on WEEI: Bobby V claims 'ridiculous'

Red Sox DH David Ortiz suggested in the press conference announcing his two-year deal with the team that it was "time to turn the page" on former manager Bobby Valentine, who suggested after the season that Ortiz shut down for the year after the late-August blockbuster deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers. The slugger acknowledged that the suggestion made him "uncomfortable," but that his new deal with the club served as the only rebuttal he needed to Valentine's portrayal.

"To be honest with you guys, we won’t be talking about what we’re talking about right now [the contract] if things would have been the way our ex-manager said. We have a great front office, a great new GM who is very involved with the things we do every day. Nobody takes a decision without our owners and our GM being part of it," Ortiz said. "Being here for the last 10 years, you guys know pretty much how I...

11/05/2012 - 5:39pm
Belichick: Pats considered Talib's character
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday that the team took everything into consideration when deciding whether to trade for troubled cornerback Aqib Talib. 

Talib, a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers, has been arrested multiple times and currently is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on banned substances. 

"We just feel like he's a good football player and can help our team," Belichick said. "We haven't seen him yet, but we'll put him in there and see what happens." 

Added Belichick: "I think any time you acquire a player you get all the information you can and make a decision based on the total balance and body of information that you have. We've done that with all the players, really -- draft choices, trades, signings. Whatever it happens to be. The process is the same." 

Belichick wouldn't say...

11/05/2012 - 5:07pm
Ortiz incentives based on Achilles injury

According to a baseball source, the incentives in David Ortiz's two-year contract are based on the amount of time the designated hitter spends on the disabled list specifically due to the right Achilles tendon injury that limited him to 90 games in 2012.

The two-year, $26 million deal he just finalized calls for Ortiz to make $15 million in 2013 with a base salary of $11 million in 2014. If Ortiz spends 20 or fewer days on the disabled list due to the Achilles in 2013, the 36-year-old sees his 2014 salary bump up to $15 million. If he misses 21-40 days in 2013 due to the Achilles condition, his 2014 salary would increase to $13 million. If he is on the DL for 41 or more days in 2013 due to the injury, then his 2014 salary would remain at $11 million. 

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11/05/2012 - 4:43pm
Cherington: Ortiz 'productive and durable'
By: DJ Bean

In a press conference to announce David Ortiz' two-year deal, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that the team's knowledge of Ortiz' Achilles injury and the lack of major injury history made the team comfortable with giving him a multiyear pact.

"As with any player, you've got to get to the bottom of the health and figure out what sort of risk is involved there, but our benefit is that we know David so well," Cherington said. "No. 1, we know how hard he's going to work to put himself in the best position to play and be healthy. Since we worked with him so well, we know what happened with the Achilles this year, and we feel in working with David to identify some things that we can do proactively to help him, and he's feeling a lot better now. 

"It's not a concern moving forward any more than it would be for any player. As we approached this, we looked at the body of work, the track record, and he's been incredibly...

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