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04/20/2011 - 7:11pm
Report: Patriots host USC's Smith for visit

The Patriots hosted Southern Cal offensive lineman Tyron Smith on a visit Wednesday, according to ESPNBoston. A two-year starter at USC, the 6-foot-5, 307-pounder played in 24 of his final 25 college games with the Trojans, and was named All-Pac 10 first team as a senior. He is considered a first-round prospect. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/20/2011 - 6:48pm
Starting to jell: Sox beat A's, 5-3

The Red Sox starting staff, which was statistically the worst in baseball through the first two weeks of the season, is now on a run unlike any seen by the time in more than 60 years. Clay Buchholz allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings, marking the fifth straight start by the team of at least five innings and one or fewer runs, as the Sox beat the A's, 5-3, to split a two-game series in Oakland.

Sox starters are 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA in their last turn of the rotation. The current run marks the first time since 1947 that a Red Sox team has had five straight starts of at least five innings and no more than one run allowed in the same season.

Buchholz (1-2) allowed a solo homer to Coco Crisp on his first pitch of the game, but then permitted no further damage, holding the A's 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position on a day when he struggled with his command to earn his first win of the year. He left with the bases loaded and one out, but Daniel Bard came...

04/20/2011 - 6:09pm
Billups, Stoudemire in doubt for Game 3

Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups had his ailing left knee drained and received a cortisone shot on Wednesday in hopes of returning to the court for Game 3 against the Celtics on Friday, according to The New York Daily News.

An MRI on Billups' left knee reportedly revealed only the original diagnosis of a knee strain, not ligament damage. The paper stated that -- although "cautiously optimistic" -- some Knicks sources believe Billups needs a week to recover. 

"Chauncey's doing everything he can to get back out there," a Knicks official told The News. "This is killing him. He feels they would have won both games if he was out there at the end."

Meanwhile, New York Post reporter Marc Berman tweeted that Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is listed as day-to-day with a pulled back muscle after also undergoing an MRI. Berman wrote, "His MRI showed a pulled muscle in his back. ... Amar'e's pulled muscle and...

04/20/2011 - 5:03pm
Gammons on M&M: Sox have catching issues

NESN and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni Show on Wednesday to discuss some areas of ongoing early-season concern for the Red Sox. In particular, he suggested that the defensive struggles of Jarrod Saltalamacchia may force the Sox to explore alternatives, given that at 39 years old, Jason Varitek is ill-suited to be an everyday catcher. 

"You just can’t have this on a championship team, especially when a big part of that championship team is built around power pitchers who are in a couple of cases struggling for their identity," said Gammons. "I would be shocked now if Varitek doesn’t catch [Josh] Beckett all the time now. Clearly, they’ve made the decision that he’s going to catch [Daisuke] Matsuzaka, whose earned run average is massively different with Varitek catching. But I don’t think they can afford to let Jason go out and try to catch 120,...

04/20/2011 - 4:13pm
Lowrie on M&M: Scutaro situation 'healthy'

Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie checked in with the Mut & Merloni Show from Oakland to discuss the loss to the A's on Tuesday, his recent hot streak and the state of the lineup. He also discussed the situation between himself and Marco Scutaro, the latter of whom began the season as the Sox' everyday shortstop but who has been sitting in recent games while the red-hot Lowrie has been playing.

Lowrie said that he fully expected that Scutaro wanted to regain playing time, and that the situation was one that benefited the Sox.

"We’re both competitive guys. I think that’s just going to make both of us better. We’ll continue to push each other," said Lowrie. "This is a funny game. You just continue to put your work in. We’re out there competing against the other team. We’re not worried about competing with our own teammates. Any competition between guys on this team, it’s for the better."

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