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12/07/2010 - 4:47pm
Tek to play more than 'average backup'

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Speaking to reporters at the winter meetings at the Dolphin Resort Hotel, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that catcher Jason Varitek will find his way into the Red Sox lineup a good deal, with the Sox taking advantage of the catcher's ability to hit left-handed pitching.

 

"Oh, I'm sure some of it will depend on health and production," said Francona when asked if Varitek would share time with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. " I think Tek's done a enough job where if you take away that broken bone last year, and Tek is having a heck of a year. He kind of bounced back [saying], 'Hey, I can do this and keep playing.' So Tek's going to play more than probably the average backup catcher, if that's what you're asking, sure."

 

Francona also touched on a variety of other Red Sox topics:

 

— The Red Sox currently view Jed Lowrie as someone who can help in a...

12/07/2010 - 4:08pm
Sox haven't ruled out on Carl Crawford

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- According to multiple sources familiar with the team's thinking, the Red Sox have not ruled out the pursuit of free agent Carl Crawford. However, several team and industry sources suggest that the seven-year, $126 million deal that Jayson Werth signed with the Phillies could complicate that pursuit.

 

The Sox appear unlikely to change their opinion of Crawford's value (and the kind of offer they are willing to make) as a reaction to the Werth contract. Even so, if Werth's deal proves an outlier, rather than a baseline, then it is conceivable that Boston could still be in the mix for the speedy All-Star. That said, the timetable for negotiations with Crawford are complicated by the fact that they are somewhat dependent on when and with whom Cliff Lee signs, since teams such as the Yankees and Rangers could turn their attentions to Crawford should they fail to land the left-hander.

 

The Sox,...

12/07/2010 - 1:57pm
Wilfork on D&H: Belichick best coach ever

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Tuesday morning to talk about Monday night's 45-3 humiliation of the Jets.

 

Wilfork said the Patriots had their best week of practice in the last two seasons, as the team showed it could work together and play a complete game. "I think everybody's focus level was where it needed to be, and it showed last night," he said. "That was very encouraging when guys come in and take care of business, especially coming off Thanksgiving week in Detroit, then come back home with a divisional rivalry, and playing for first pace in our division. So, hats go off to all of our teammates and coaching staff. I think our preparation was everything this week."

 

Late in the game, Bill Belichick huddled with a group of players and gave a pep talk that elicited some smiles. Said Wilfork: "He basically told us we're going to...

12/07/2010 - 10:47am
Brady on D&C: 'Never feel sorry for the Jets'

Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, only hours after leading the Patriots to a 45-3 rout of the Jets in the battle for AFC East supremacy.

 

Considering his past comments about his distaste for the Jets, Brady was asked if he now felt sorry for New York following the Monday night embarrassment. "I would never, never feel sorry for the Jets. There's no chance," Brady said with a laugh. "I have a lot of old players, Patriot players and Patriot coaches, that texted me after the game last night and expressed their views on the Jets as well. There's no love lost between the current Patriots and the current Jets, or the former Patriots and the former Jets. It's such a great rivalry, and I think we bring out the best out of each other."

 

Brady said he wasn't able to enjoy the rout until the game ended, but even then there isn't much time to celebrate. "...

12/07/2010 - 8:51am
Mashup: Sterger may go 'public' vs. Favre

On Monday, there were reports that the NFL is close to resolving its investigation into the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger situation, and that the league was not likely to suspend the Vikings quarterback. Sterger's manager did not take well to that news. Phil Reese told TMZ.com that Sterger has "provided extensive evidence that irrefutably proves there was harassment." While Sterger has been mostly silent on the matter until now, Reese said that could change. Said Reese: "No matter what happens, Jenn has all legal remedies, including going public, if the NFL doesn't clear her name." Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


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