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08/04/2010 - 8:00am
Medicals nixed Lowell to Yankees

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox, Yankees and Rangers had agreed upon the framework of a three-team deal that would have sent Mike Lowell to the Yankees, brought Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox and sent prospects to Texas prior to the July 31 deadline for non-waiver trades. In that proposed deal, the Sox would have paid all but the prorated minimum of Lowell's salary.

 

However, the Yankees backed out of the deal on July 30 due to concerns that were raised while reviewing Lowell's medical file. As a result, the Red Sox and Rangers worked directly with each other in the deal that brought Saltalamacchia (now playing for Triple-A Pawtucket) to the Sox in exchange for prospects Roman Mendez, Chris McGuiness, a player to be named and $350,000.

 

Even had the Rangers and Yankees agreed to the deal involving Lowell, the infielder would have had to approve the trade, since New York was one of...

08/04/2010 - 7:54am
Mashup: A-Rod misses Yankees team photo

Alex Rodriguez remained stuck on 599 home runs for the 12th consecutive game, the Yankees dropped out of first place, but the big news out of New York Tuesday was that A-Rod missed the team photo. The slugger needed a team representative to stand in, with Rodriguez' face to be digitally inserted later. Also, Sports Illustrated's Peter King introduces a scenario in which Brett Favre could return to the Vikings in October, the Dodgers take some heat from a Los Angeles columnist for enabling Manny Ramirez, and the White Sox get some grief for failing to support manager Ozzie Guillen. It's all at Wednesday's Morning Mashup, along with videos, trivia and more.


08/04/2010 - 6:38am
Report: Vikes offer Favre $1M per game

According to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings responded to Brett Favre's indications that he plans to retire by upping their offer to him to $16 million guaranteed, plus incentives worth another $4 million. Favre was scheduled to make $13 million this year.

 

Favre reportedly told some teammates Monday that he planned to retire — tight end Visanthe Shiancoe admitted as much Tuesday — because his left ankle has not responded to surgery in late Mat. However, an expected press release Tuesday never came.


08/03/2010 - 10:15pm
Ellsbury to be activated Wednesday

Terry Francona confirmed in his postgame press conference Tuesday that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (broken ribs) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Ellsbury, who has not played for the Red Sox since May 24, had three hits Tuesday in his final rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

"He brings something to our lineup that we've been missing," said Francona of Ellsbury on Tuesday. "That threat to run and the speed when he is healthy and going, what he can do, that gives us a different look that teams have to respect."

 

Francona told the media that a corresponding roster move will be made, but did not name a specific player.

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/03/2010 - 9:53pm
Beckett, Lowell lead Sox past Tribe

Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer on the first major league pitch he'd seen since June 22, and Red Sox starter Josh Beckett overpowered the Cleveland lineup to lead the Sox to a 3-1 victory at Fenway Park.

 

Lowell jumped on a 91 mph fastball from Indians starter David Huff in the bottom of the second inning, clubbing it into the Monster Seats for his third homer of the season. While that was his only hit in four at-bats, Lowell also made a couple of fine defensive plays at first, filling in admirably for Kevin Youkilis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a torn muscle in his right thumb.

 

Beckett (3-1), meanwhile, was overpowering, thanks largely to a precise fastball and likely his best curveball of the year. The Sox' Opening Day starter retired the final 14 batters he faced on a night when he allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings, striking out eight and walking none. He did, however,...

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