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05/03/2012 - 7:59am
Mashup: Buccaneers sign paralyzed player

The Buccaneers are signing paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand to a free agent contract, allowing him to fulfill his dream of joining the NFL. Bucs coach Greg Schiano coached LeGrand at Rutgers, and he surprised LeGrand with the honor.

"I always wanted to go to the NFL," LeGrand said. "It may not be the circumstances that I wanted, but I'm there.

"I had no idea, no idea this was going to happen. Honestly, it's amazing. It is. It really is."

LeGrand, injured after making a hit on special teams in Rutgers' game against Army on Oct. 16, 2010, still requires the use of a wheelchair, but he has surprised doctors by resuming breathing on his own and standing up with the help of a metal frame.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


05/03/2012 - 12:07am
Gonzalez: 'This game was all on me'

After going 0-for-4 with a walk Wednesday night and leaving four men on base - including three in scoring position, Adrian Gonzalez took full responsibility after a 4-2 loss to the A's that dropped the Red Sox to 11-13 on the season. The game ended appropriately, with Gonzalez grounding out to third, representing the tying run at the plate. 

"This game was all on me," said Gonzalez, who is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats. "I had two great opportunities and I didn't come through. It's one of those things that I'll make a definite point to not let that happen again."

After the game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he thought Gonzalez looked "tired" at the plate after playing in all 24 games so far for the Red Sox. Gonzalez disputed that. 

"Not at all, not at all," Gonzalez said. "I feel great. It's one of those things that it was two at-bats I should've come through at least one of...

05/02/2012 - 10:33pm
Will but no thrill: Sox lose series to A's

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks walked, singled and doubled in his first three major league plate appearances but it wasn't enough to save the Red Sox as they dropped the rubber game to the A's, 4-2, Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Daniel Bard was tagged for eight hits and all four runs in taking his third loss for the Red Sox, who fell to 11-13 on the season. Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Gonzalez, who grounded out to end the game as the tying run, is hitless in his last 17 at-bats as his average fell to .250 on the season. 

Bard (2-3) was in control through the first three innings, allowing just one hit. But in the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes doubled and Seth Smith singled him home to put Oakland up, 1-0. 

The Red Sox blew a golden opportunity in the fifth to at least tie the game when they put runners on first and second with none out against A's starter Brandon McCarthy. Josh Reddick dropped Jarrod Saltalamacchia's fly...

05/02/2012 - 5:55pm
Valentine: Cook to start for Beckett Saturday

Bobby Valentine made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday and was asked about the future of Aaron Cook. Cook reportedly requested his release on May 1 -- which was an option in his contract -- but the Red Sox also had a 48-hour window after May 1 to recall the veteran right-hander. And, according to Valentine, Cook will indeed pitch for the Sox this weekend at Fenway against the Orioles.

"Aaron Cook is going to pitch Saturday," Valentine said. "He's going to start in Josh Beckett's turn because, as we all know, that 15-pitch at bat to end Josh's last outing kind of overextended what anybody planned for him to do. To be safe as we can possibly be, talking to Josh he's a little stiff in his back muscles as you would imagine after the last start, and considering the roster situation with Cook it seems to all fall into place. Aaron can pitch Saturday and Josh just misses that start and comes back in his next start."

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05/02/2012 - 5:02pm
Youkilis to DL with back injury

As part of a flurry of transactions, the Red Sox placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list due to a lower back injury. The stint will be retroactive to April 29.

Youkilis said that he is showing significant improvement on Wednesday after being virtually unable to do anything but stand in the on-deck circle as a decoy pinch-hitter on Tuesday. He said that the condition was one that "has been happening for a little bit of time now. Basically, what we've done, the last couple days have been bad. Trying to get through it. I've made great strides from yesterday to today. Things are going well, but they want to get a step ahead of it and try to get me as healthy as possible."

Youkilis said that he needed at least three or four additional days of no baseball activity, which helped lead to the decision to place him on the disabled list and replace Youkilis on the roster with Will Middlebrooks, who will bat eighth and play...

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