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09/04/2010 - 10:39am
Tito: 'Important day' for Tek

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said catcher Jason Varitek could be nearing a return to game action following a meeting Saturday with doctors. Varitek has been out of action with a broken foot since taking a foul ball off his right foot on June 30 against Tampa Bay. 

 

"He's going to meet with the medical people and doctors today," Francona said. "We'll see what they'll allow him to do. Hopefully, he'll be able to go play, we'll see. I know time is running out for the Triple-A guys so today is an important day and important meeting for him."

 

The Triple-A PawSox conclude their season with a pair of home games Sunday and Monday at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket against Syracuse. 

 

For more, visit the Red Sox page at WEEI.com/redsox.


09/04/2010 - 12:48am
Report: Savard deal no longer an issue
By: DJ Bean

 

According to TSN, the NHL and NHLPA have finally agreed to a change in rules regarding players’ contracts. As part of the agreement, long-term deals that were under investigation by the league (including Marc Savard’s deal) will be grandfathered. The rules, which will be explained below, will apply to all contracts filed after Friday.

 

The report includes two stipulations. Though the gist of it is well-understood here, rewording it may only confuse some. Here’s an excerpt from Darren Dreger:

 

“First: For long-term contracts extending beyond the age of 40, the contract’s average annual value for the years up to and including 40, are calculated by dividing total value in those years by the number of years up to and including 40. Then for the years covering ages 41 and beyond, the cap charge in each year is equal to the value of the contract in that year.

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09/03/2010 - 9:53pm
Hermida signs on with Oakland

Jeremy Hermida, who was released by the Red Sox last Sunday, has signed a deal with the Oakland A's, who sent the 26-year-old outfielder to Triple-A Sacramento. Hermida had been playing with Triple-A Pawtucket prior to the Sox releasing him, having hit .288 with two homers in 19 games with the PawSox. The outfielder had originally be designated for assignment by the Red Sox on July 31, ultimately clearing waivers before accepting an assignment to Pawtucket. Hermida hit .203 with five homers and a .605 OPS with the Red Sox. Hermida was originally drafted by the Marlins with the 11th pick in the 2002 amateur draft. For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


09/03/2010 - 6:39pm
Manny on Sox: 'Everything was my fault'
By: DJ Bean

Fresh off joining his fourth team in the Chicago White Sox, slugger Manny Ramirez reflected on his time as a member of the Red Sox Friday, in large part taking blame for the actions that led to his departure in 2008. The left fielder, who was unhappy while in Boston, sat out games with questionable injuries and famously got into a scrap with teammate Kevin Youkilis less than two months before his departure to the White Sox.

 

"Everything was my fault, but you have to be a real man to realize when you do wrong. It was my fault, right. I already passed that stage," Ramirez told a small group of reporters Friday. "I’m happy. I’m on a new team. When I went to first base, I told Youkilis, ‘What happened between you and me, that’s my fault. I’m sorry.’ It takes a real man to go and tell a person it was my fault and that’s what I did."

 

Ramirez went to the White Sox on...

09/03/2010 - 5:35pm
Gammons: Sox should spend on pen
By: DJ Bean

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons joined the Big Show on Friday and shed some light on what the future may hold for the Red Sox. 

 

Gammons pointed to the organization's young outfielders as one of its brightest spots and a big reason as to why the Sox might not have to spend much at the position come free agency.

 

"I don't believe for a second that they're going to sign Carl Crawford," Gammons said, adding that he felt the Rays outfielder is likely destined for the Yankees or the Angels.

 

On the subject of pitching, Gammons cited the stability in the rotation as a reason to open up the check book on relievers. Though he didn't think it would have been wise for the team to trade a sizable package for Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs, he did say that in the offseason they can spend on the bullpen given that they are paying below market value for two of the game's best starters in...

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