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11/16/2011 - 3:04am
Source: Sox make contract offer to Ortiz

MILWAUKEE -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have extended a contract offer to free agent David Ortiz. The proposal comes just days after Sox general manager Ben Cherington expressed a desire to keep the designated hitter in the organization.

"We have had a lot of dialogue with David and his agents," Cherington said. "Because of what I feel, and I think he feels, is a little bit more of a defined market for that role it's been easier to engage sooner. It's probably less likely to be a situation where he gets into the market and there's something that he's pushed into a corner on. David knows we want him to be here. We want him to be back with the Red Sox. We want him in our lineup. We've had a lot of dialogue to see if there's a way to do that, and I think that will continue."

Ortiz told the Boston Herald while visiting the Animal Rescue League on Tremont Street that he would allow the Red Sox to match any offers...

11/15/2011 - 10:35pm
6-pack: B's extend streak on late goal

Benoit Pouliot collected a rebound off a Joe Corvo shot and put it past Johan Hedberg with 3:01 left in regulation to lift the Bruins to their sixth straight win, 4-3 over the Devils Tuesday night at TD Garden. The Bruins are now 9-7-0 after starting the season with just three wins in their first 10 games. 

Tim Thomas kept the Bruins in the game early as he made several solid saves on quality chances in close. But Thomas couldn't keep the Devils from scoring on a 5-on-3 chance midway through the second when David Clarkson fired a one-timer past the Bruins goalie, making it 1-0. The Bruins had killed off the first three penalties of the night and were in the process of killing off a fourth when Johnny Boychuk was called for delay of game after flipping the puck into the netting above the end boards. 

The first penalty that helped create the 5-on-3 was taken by Brad Marchand, who took an undisciplined roughing penalty by punching Adam...

11/15/2011 - 10:14pm
NBA players file two antitrust lawsuits

As expected, NBA players filed two class-cation antitrust lawsuits against the NBA on Tuesday, one in the Northern District of California and the other in Minnesota. The California suit lists Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups Kevin Durant, ex-Celtic Leon Powe and rookie Kawhi Leonard as plaintiffs against the league, while the Minnesota suit has Caron Butler, Ben Gordon, Anthony Tolliver and rookie Derrick Williams.

"If you're in a poker game, and you run a bluff, and the bluff works, you're a hero. If someone calls your bluff, you lose. I think the owners overplayed their hand," said players attorney David Boies. "They did a terrific job of taking a very hard line and pushing the players to make concession after concession after concession, but greed is not only a terrible thing -- it's a dangerous thing."

The NBA responded in a statement from NBA spokesman Tim Frank: "We haven't seen Mr. Boies' complaint yet, but it's a...

11/15/2011 - 10:13pm
Reddick has 'minor' left wrist surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick had surgery to repair a torn cartilage in his left wrist on Tuesday, according to multiple industry sources. The procedure, which repaired occurred on the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) ligament, was the result of an injury incurred when Reddick was hit by a pitch against against the Rangers on Sept. 3, in a game in which he went 4-for-4. In 17 subsequent games, Reddick hit .240 with a .269 OBP, .380 slugging mark and .649 OPS, and he sat for all but one game in the season's final week.

The surgery was described by one source as "relatively minor." It will require a rehab period of 4-6 weeks, after which Reddick should be able to have a normal offseason entering spring training.

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11/15/2011 - 9:19pm
Red Sox ready to restructure medical staff

MILWAUKEE -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed at the General Managers Meetings that the organization is in the process of restructuring its medical staff. According to sources, part of the reorganization could include the non-renewal of the contract Dr. Thomas Gill to remain as the team's medical director. WEEI's Glenn Ordway tweeted Tuesday, "Major shake-up in Sox medical staff coming. Dr. Thomas Gill OUT as team medical director." ESPNBoston.com reported the Red Sox will be eliminating the position of medical director, but could retain Gill and the Massachusetts General Hospital sports group, with that decision pending.

To date, the Red Sox have not renewed the contract between the team and Massachusetts General Hospital. The contract expires in mid-December.

Gill has served in the position since 2005, having replaced Dr. Bill Morgan. He currently serves on the staff at...

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