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10/19/2012 - 3:24pm
Source: Dave Magadan hired by Rangers

According a baseball source, Dave Magadan has accepted the position as hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. 

The 50-year-old Magadan, who has been with the Red Sox since 2007, had also talked with Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Cleveland, along with discussing a possible return to Boston.

Scott Coolbaugh had been the Rangers' hitting coach for the past two seasons.

Under Magadan, the Red Sox finished fifth in runs scored in the American League during the 2012 season after placing first in the AL during the '11 season, second in '08 and '10, third in '07 and '09. During the hitting coach's stretch in Boston, the Sox led all major league teams in pitches per plate appearance (3.94), while totaling the second best OPS (.791).

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


10/19/2012 - 3:13pm
Bolden, Gregory, White out Sunday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have ruled out three players for Sunday, including running back Brandon Bolden and safety Steve Gregory. Bolden injured his knee last week against the Seahawks and didn't practice all week while Gregory, who was limited in a Wednesday walk-through, will be missing his third straight game with a hip injury suffered on Sept. 30 against the Bills. Gregory did not practice Thursday or Friday. Bolden was spotted with a crutch in a photo tweeted by Stevan Ridley, who had the running backs all wear onesies Friday as a form of team bonding. 

Also out Sunday is linebacker Tracy White with a foot injury. He is missing his second straight game and did not practice all week. 

In addition to the three players ruled out, the Patriots have listed 11 others as questionable for Sunday against the Jets. The Jets have listed receiver Clyde Gates, center Nick Mangold and running back Joe McKnight as questionable. 

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10/19/2012 - 2:28pm
Mayo on Big Show: 'It's not all about Tebow'
By: DJ Bean

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined The Big Show on Friday to discuss Sunday's game against the Jets as every team in the AFC East enters Week 7 with a 3-3 record.  

"We're in the middle of the pack," Mayo said. "We're both 3-3 so it should be a good game." 

Though Shonn Greene is coming off a career-best 161 rushing yards and three touchdowns in last week's 35-9 win over the Colts, injuries at running back have led to speculation that the Jets could play Tim Tebow at running back against the Patriots. Mayo said that the Patriots don't know what to expect out of the Florida product Sunday. 

"Expect the unexpected," Mayo said. "You have to go in with an open mind, you have to be ready to make adjustments on the sidelines. We don't know what to expect, to be honest with you. Tebow's such a versatile player. They line him up at receiver, they line him up at running back, they line him up...

10/19/2012 - 1:14pm
NHL cancels more regular-season games
By: DJ Bean

The NHL announced Friday that it has cancelled games through Nov. 1. Games through Oct. 24 had already been cancelled previously. 

The news comes a day after negotiations between the league and NHLPA for a new collective bargaining agreement took "a step backward," according to commissioner Gary Bettman. On Tuesday, the league offered a proposal that would include an 82-game schedule this season that started on Nov. 2, but the NHLPA countered with three proposals that the league did not find acceptable. 

For more on the NHL lockout and the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


10/19/2012 - 12:49pm
Chung on M&M: 'We're fine, we're confident'
By: Mike Neff

Patriots safety Patrick Chung joined Mut & Merloni on Friday morning as the Patriots prepare to take on the Jets in Foxboro this Sunday.

Asked about his status for this weekend health-wise, Chung wouldn’t give a definitive answer, although he appeared to acknowledge that he was practicing.

“I’m good, baby, getting ready for practice,” Chung said.

The secondary has been much maligned this season, but Chung said the players just need to "finish plays." Asked whether positioning and communication have been issues to finishing plays the past few weeks, Chung said he wasn’t worried.

“It doesn’t concern me,” Chung said. "We’re fine, we’re confident, we’re going to keep playing. We've got to make more big plays than they do. It’s simple.”

Chung said that despite injuries, communication hasn’t taken a hit. He said the team...

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