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08/01/2012 - 2:01pm
Bobby V: Beckett DL stint unlikely

Appearing as a guest on The Big Show on Wednesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he didn't think Josh Beckett would require a trip to the disabled list after his back tightened up in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

"I doubt that. It doesn't seem like a DL," Valentine said. "But again, when Josh left last night he was tight. The trainer's report so far today and Ben [Cherrington] had talked to Josh, was it just a little tight and we'll take it, as we do, day by day."

Beckett had retired the first eight hitters but ran into trouble in the third inning. Valentine said that Beckett may have hit a different landing spot on the mound, which was already beginning to get wet from rain. 

As for the boos that Beckett heard when he left the game, Valentine said, "I have a lot of other things to worry about. Josh is a big boy and we're all big boys and I've been booed, other guys have been...

08/01/2012 - 12:42pm
Olney on M&M: Beckett likely still in play

Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon and said Josh Beckett's name likely will still be associated with trade rumors in August.

The July 31 trade deadline has passed, but teams can still place players on waivers and trade them if they go unclaimed.

"I put Josh Beckett on a list today, when I wrote a column about 10 guys' names who will come up on trade conversation," Olney said. "That doesn't mean they're necessarily going to be traded, but just because of his stature, because we've already heard him once before and it's clear that there is some interest from other teams that at some level, probably with the Red Sox taking out a lot of money, I have no doubt that Josh's name is going to come up again in the month of August that day when his name hits the waiver wire."

Olney noted that Beckett's injuries could cause teams to stay away from...

08/01/2012 - 11:16am
Rivers takes responsibility for Allen leaving

Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in London to handle analysis of the Olympic basketball competition for NBC, said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that he deserves some blame for Ray Allen's decision to leave for the Heat as a free agent.

Rivers said his decisions to use Allen off the bench late in the season and allow Rajon Rondo more freedom with the ball were the key factors in Allen leaving.

"People can use all the Rondo stuff – and it was there, no doubt about that – but it was me more than Rondo," Rivers told Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. "I'm the guy who gave Rondo the ball. I'm the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn't mean guys liked that – and Ray did not love that – because Rondo now had the ball all the time.

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08/01/2012 - 8:40am
Red Sox, Rangers talked blockbuster

According to multiple major league sources, one potential deal discussed by the Red Sox and Rangers prior to the non-waiver trade deadline included a package that would have sent Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury and Kelly Shoppach to the Rangers. It is unclear what player compensation the two teams discussed going from Texas to the Red Sox in such a deal.

The proposal was described by one source as nothing more than a theoretical back and forth of ideas that never progressed to the point where the Red Sox approached Beckett to discuss his 10-5 rights (which give the pitcher, as someone with 10 years in the majors and five with one club, the opportunity to veto a deal). Another source classified the talks as having reached a more advanced stage before hitting a wall. 

"We did feel empowered to do something bold, we just didn't find something bold that made sense for us," Cherington said. "We explored a lot of things that were bold,...

08/01/2012 - 7:51am
Verducci on D&C: Sox due to make a run

Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to talk about how the Red Sox season shapes up post-trade deadline.

The Red Sox were quiet leading up to Tuesday's deadline, making no major moves.

"They like their 25. I think that's the message, that 'We don't need to make moves because the moves are the return of these injured players -- [Jacoby] Ellsbury, [Carl] Crawford, [David] Ortiz coming back, and [Andrew] Bailey," Verducci said. "Those are the kinds of acquisitions, if you will, that the club thinks is enough. So, it doesn't seem like there was a reason to rewrite the script with this team. They're going to let the players know, the answers are there already."

Verducci said he expects one wild card to come out of the West and the other will be the Rays. But he predicts the Red Sox will make some noise.

"I do think that there is a run in this team,"...

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