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12/09/2010 - 2:24pm
Pats practice: Chung, Spikes missing

FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung and rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes lead a list of five Patriots missing from outdoor practice on Thursday outside Gillette Stadium. Neither player was listed on Wednesday's injury report. 

 

Also missing were Jonathan Wilhite (hip), Myron Pryor (back) and Mike Wright (concussion) as the Patriots worked out in sweats and shells on the lower practice field in bitterly cold conditions, similar to the 15-degree temperatures expected for the late-afternoon kick-off on Sunday at Soldier Field.  

 

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12/09/2010 - 12:42pm
Stuart's hand injury occurred last Thursday
By: DJ Bean

Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, sporting a cast and out four-to-six weeks with a broken hand, spoke on Thursday about how his injury occurred.

 

Though Stuart left the first period of Tuesday's game, the injury actually dates back to last Thursday's 8-1 win over the Lightning. Stuart blocked a shot from the point, getting hit in the right hand.

 

X-rays after the game were negative, and he played through pain and swelling for the rest of the night and in Saturday's game. On his third shift of the night on Tuesday, Stuart made a pass and his hand "caved in," as he both broke his hand and dislocated his ring finger at the same time. 

 

Stuart said that by the time he had made the pass, his hand was "hanging on by a thread."

 

This marks the second time in as many seasons that a hand injury will keep Stuart out for a prolonged period of time. He missed 26 games last...

12/09/2010 - 10:43am
Sox lose two in Rule 5 draft

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Red Sox lost a pair of pitching prospects in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, as the Rays selected left-hander Cesar Cabral and the Yankees chose righty Daniel Turpen.

 

Cabral, 21, was dominant for Single-A Greenville in 2010, posting an ERA of 0.29 in 31 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. He struggled, however, after being promoted to Salem, where his ERA jumped to 5.81.

 

Turpen, 24, arrived to the Red Sox organization in the Ramon Ramirez trade and had his problems in Double-A Portland, with an ERA of 4.91 in 18 1/3 innings pitched. The Red Sox passed on making a selection in the Rule 5 draft.

 

For more on the two pitchers, and whether the Sox will get them back, click here. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at...

12/09/2010 - 9:27am
Report: Yankees up offer to Lee

According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees have now added a seventh year to their contract offer for free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee. It is believed that the club's previous offer was for six years and $140 million. 

 

Considered by most to be the top pitcher on the free-agent market, Lee posted a 12-9 record with an ERA of 3.18 and led the major leagues in both WHIP (1.00) and K/BB ratio (10.3) for the Mariners and Rangers in 2010.

 

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12/09/2010 - 8:54am
Mashup: Times drops ball on Pats' 'demise'

It's not uncommon for a sports writer to pen a column before a game so that it's ready to be published right when the contest ends. It is uncommon, however, for a newspaper to put the story on its website before the game is played. It happened Monday when William C. Rhoden's column noting the demise of the Patriots and the rise of the Jets was made available to the readers of The New York Times website before the Pats rolled to a 45-3 victory.

 

Rhoden blamed Spygate for the Patriots' demise in a story that was headlined: "The day the Patriots' empire began to crumble." The Times altered the column later in the evening to reflect what happened in the game, but the second half of the column remained an analysis of how Spygate brought down the Pats. The new headline: "Patriots romp stirs questions, and not just for Jets."

 

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