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04/21/2010 - 5:34pm
Patriots sign DL Amon Gordon

The Patriots signed defensive lineman Amon Gordon Wednesday afternoon. Gordon, 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds, was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2004 draft out of Stanford. He has also spent time with the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. Gordon was signed by Philadelphia on Jan. 21, 2009 but was waived on Aug. 11 and spent the year out of football. His best season was in 2007 with Denver where he started four games and had 10 tackles. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


04/21/2010 - 3:39pm
Sox-Rangers Lineups: Ortiz out, Varitek in

Here are the lineups for the Red Sox and Rangers for Wednesday night's contest. 

 

Red Sox:

 

Scutaro, 6

Drew, 9

Pedroia, 4

Youkilis, 3

Lowell, DH

Varitek, 2

Beltre, 5

McDonald, 8

Hall, 7

Beckett -- SP

 

Rangers:

 

Andrus, 6

Young, 5

Hamilton, 7

Guerrero, DH

Cruz, 9

Davis, 3

Treanor, 2

Arias, 4

Borbon, 8

Harrison -- SP

 

 


04/21/2010 - 1:19pm
Roethlisberger suspended for six games

An NFL spokesman has announced that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for the first six games of the 2010 season and must undergo comprehensive behavorial evaluation. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will review Roethlisberger's progress prior to the season and will consider reducing the suspension to four games. "Failure [to] cooperate [could] lead to longer suspension," tweeted NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. Roethlisberger will not be prosecuted in connection with a sexual assault complaint filed against him in Georgia last month by a 20-year-old college student. However, Goodell recently intimated Roethlisberger should anticipate a suspension, telling reporters he violated the league’s personal-conduct policy with his “pattern of behavior” and “bad judgments.” In related news, ESPN is reporting that the Steelers have begun contacting teams about dealing Roethlisberger for a top-10 pick in this...

04/21/2010 - 12:47pm
Francona: Too early to 'bail on our strategy'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the team's slow start, pinch-hitting for David Ortiz and the team's problem with opposing base stealers. Asked about possible lineup changes, such as moving Victor Martinez from catcher to designated hitter and sitting David Ortiz, Francona said it's too early to press the panic button.

 

"The way we set our team up in the winter, I don't think we can just bail on our strategy a couple of weeks into the season," he said. "I know it's been a tough week. It's been a tough week all the way around. Not much has gone right. Now, [Jason] Varitek will catch tonight. But that doesn't mean that we're going to rework our whole situation. One move affects another. Rather than bail on our plans, I think we've got to work our way through it. As a staff, [coaches] on the field, we're trying to do a little bit better job of getting guys ready to...

04/21/2010 - 12:12pm
Varitek to catch Beckett on Wednesday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit on the Dale & Holley Show, said that Jason Varitek will be the starting catcher for Josh Beckett on Wednesday. That will mark three straight Beckett starts in which Varitek has been behind the plate. Beckett has a 3.74 ERA in 107 games working with Varitek, and a 7.71 ERA (albeit in just four games) with Martinez behind the plate.

 

Varitek entered Tuesday's game as a defensive replacement for Victor Martinez, who was lifted for a pinch-runner. He contributed a double and a walk, and is now hitting .429 with three homers, two doubles and a 1.681 OPS in 15 plate appearances.

 

Francona also said that Darnell McDonald will likely get the start in center field against Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison, and Mike Lowell will serve as the designated hitter.


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