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11/03/2010 - 2:29pm
Ricciardi worked for Red Sox before Mets job

Newly named Mets special assistant to general manager J.P. Ricciardi appeared on The Big Show on Wednesday. Ricciardi was asked about a tweet from Peter Gammons that indicated he worked a day in the Red Sox front office before the Mets made a job offer.

 

"I had the shortest tenure of any Red Sox employee ever, it was 24 hours," said Ricciardi. "I had a standing offer from the Red Sox to go over there at any time and I had gone over there to help with a project that they were doing, which was at the end of last week. And the next day [Mets general manager] Sandy Alderson had called and asked permission to talk to me. Theo [Epstein] and the ownership group were absolutely outstanding, they allowed Sandy the opportunity to talk to me and it ended up working out really well for me."

 

Ricciardi was then asked what would have happened had the Mets not come in with an offer.

 

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11/03/2010 - 1:08pm
Revs' Twellman retires from concussion

FOXBORO — New England Revolution star forward Taylor Twellman announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium due to lingering effects from a serious concussion and neck injury in August 2008.

 

"Today is hard," the 30-year-old Twellman said. "It's unfortunate to lose your career to injury." 

 

Twellman was injured on Aug. 30, 2008, in a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy and was limited to just two games in 2009 and did not play this past season. 

 

"I hate the fact that my career has ended because of a brain injury but I have the chance to educate parents and children on concussions," Twellman said. 

 

Twellman, with 109 goals in eight seasons, retires as the leading goal-scorer in Revolution history and was a team leader on a club that made four MLS Cup title games, losing all four. Twellman, a U.S. soccer icon,...

11/03/2010 - 12:55pm
Beltre declines $10 million option

As he suggested would be the case during the 2010 season, Adrian Beltre has declined his $10 million player option for '11 with the Red Sox, instead electing free agency. The 31-year-old Beltre, who hit .321 with 28 home runs, 102 RBI and a career-high 49 doubles, saw his option bump up from $5 million to $10 million in his last game of the season, having eclipsed the 640 plate appearances that kicked in the option's increase. 

 

Regarding the opportunity to double the player option, Beltre told WEEI.com that he didn't view it as a big deal. “That number was set because I had done it before I had been close to that number for a lot of years. Since the season started I never thought about numbers. I never really thought about it,” he said on Sept. 21. “It shows I wasn’t hurt,...

11/03/2010 - 12:34pm
Pats practice: Hernandez missing

FOXBORO -- Patriots rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez was not present for the open portion of practice on the upper fields on Wednesday as they began on-field preparations for the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. Hernandez did not appear to be injured during Sunday's win over the Vikings. 

 

Also not in attendance were running back Fred Taylor, safety Jarrad Page and practice squad players Darnell Jenkins and Tyrone McKenzie. 

 

The team practiced in sweats and shells on the upper practice fields outside Gillette. 

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


11/03/2010 - 11:55am
Milbury on D&H: Rask could help in long run

NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins and league news.

 

Most of the discussion focused on the Bruins' goaltending situation, with Tim Thomas handling the bulk of duties while promising youngster Tuukka Rask sits. Said Milbury: "It's a happy problem, but you wonder what goes on in the mind of Tuukka Rask under these circumstances. I was talking to Kelly Hrudey last week, the Hockey Night in Canada analyst with me, and he said, 'He may not know it, but this could be the best thing to happen to Rask. He's got to earn that right to be called the No. 1. It's not always easy and it's not always a given.' And he's right. I'm sure Tuukka Rask doesn't really look at it that way, but in some ways, it's not a bad thought. Rask has to continue to compete. It keeps him sharp. The question is, When does he get the chance to go again?"

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