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12/14/2011 - 5:59pm
Brady, Wilfork limited at Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork were listed as limited at practice on Wednesday as the Patriots released their practice report Wednesday - their first day of practice in advance of Tim Tebow and the Broncos. In both cases, the team listed Brady and Wilfork as limited but not injury-related. Sebastian Vollmer and Patrick Chung were the only absentees from practice, held in sweats and shells on the upper practice fields. Wednesday's complete injury report is as follows:

Did Not Participate:
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)

Limited Participation:
QB Tom Brady (not injury related)
NT Vince Wilfork (not injury related)
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB...

12/14/2011 - 5:51pm
Report: Sox still interested in Oswalt

According to a report from Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com, the Red Sox are "still interested" in free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt. 

With C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle off the market, Oswalt is viewed by many as the top starter left among free agents. The 34-year-old went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies in 2011. Oswalt made $16 million last season but had his $16 million option for 2012 declined by the Phillies in October. 

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12/14/2011 - 5:44pm
Pedroia: Melancon has 'great stuff'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday. Pedroia was asked about Wednesday's trade that sent Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to Houston for reliever Mark Melancon. Pedroia had an incident with Melancon (then with the Yankees) in August 2009, with Pedroia yelling at Melancon after being hit by a pitch in the left shoulder, but had nothing but praise for the right-hander on Wednesday.

"He's got great stuff, man," said Pedroia of Melancon, who had 20 saves and a 2.78 ERA with the Astros in 2011. "He's got a good fastball and he's got a good cutter, too. When I faced him last year that's all he threw. Juts facing him one time in the National League, you don't get a chance to face him like we do with the American League guys, but he's got...

12/14/2011 - 4:45pm
Source: Red Sox sign Punto

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have signed infielder Nick Punto to a two-year deal worth "about" $3.5 million. Jon Heyman was first to report the signing, via Twitter.

Punto, 34, played last season with the Cardinals after spending the previous seven seasons with the Twins. In his lone season in St.Louis, Punto hit .278/.388/.421 with one homer and drove in 20 runs in 63 games.

The news comes on the same day that the team traded infielder Jed Lowrie to Houston in exchange for closer Mark Melancon.

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12/14/2011 - 3:21pm
Baldinger on M&M: Tebow no gimmick

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Patriots' matchup with the Broncos and Tim Tebow.

Baldinger said Tebow present a real threat to all opposing defenses, and he doesn't expect him to hit a wall anytime soon.

"First of all, he's a great running back," Baldinger said. "If you just strip everything else aside, the guy's a 240-pound running back, and there's not that many of them in the league. And if you watch him against the Bears -- and I mean elite defenders in [Brian] Urlacher, [Lance] Briggs, [Julius] Peppers, [Charles] Tillman -- he either ran around them or through them last week. That was a great test for him, and he passed that test.

"Even though they only put up 13 points [and needed] overtime to get it, they still moved the ball throughout the game. And then when they were down 10-0 they said, 'OK, let's spread it out. We have to throw it.' And he...

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