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09/08/2010 - 6:29am
Brady on D&C: 'I love being here'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, in the wake of reports that he is about to sign a new contract with the team. Brady refused repeated requests to discuss the status of his negotiations but made it clear how he feels about the team.

 

"There's always communication happening with the team, for, going on my 11th year. I've been communicating with them a lot about a lot of things," Brady said. "It's pretty uncomfortable actually talking about a contract because I know how coach [Bill] Belichick feels talking about it and how Mr. [Robert] Kraft does and Jonathan [Kraft] does. I don’t want to get into it. For me, it’s the same as it’s been. I’m trying to find a way to score some touchdowns against the Bengals. I didn’t spend five minutes yesterday thinking about my contract or my future. I thought about how we’re going to...

09/07/2010 - 11:41pm
Red Sox' two-year offer surprised Martinez

Speaking prior to the Red Sox' 14-5 loss to the Rays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Victor Martinez addressed his impending contract negotiations, which unexpectedly (for Martinez) kicked off with the Sox offering a two-year deal.

 

"That's a business part of the game," he told WEEI.com regarding the offer. "They're trying to do one thing, and we'll see what happens. I don't really have to do it. They came with something, and that might just be where the negotiations start. But I don't see myself signing a two-year deal. I'm young enough (31). I work hard and I give it all. I just want to be treated fair."

 

Martinez explained that he is feeling no stress in regard to the uncertainty that looms as he draws closer to becoming a free agent for the first time in his career, partially because he...

09/07/2010 - 10:48pm
Daisuke: 'I can only really apologize'

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka took full responsibility for his team's 14-5 drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays, a defeat that left the Sox virtually conceding the postseason to the Yankees and Rays. After matching a career-high by permitting eight runs in 4 2/3 innings -- a performance that snapped a career-high run of 16 straight starts in which he'd allowed four earned runs or fewer, the right-hander made no excuses.

 

"I knew very well that this was a critical game as far as our chances of advancing to the playoffs. so to allow what happened to happen so early in the game, I can really only apologize to my teammates and my fans," said Matsuzaka (9-5). "On a day like today, I didn’t have any life or bite or command on my pitches. I’m sure [catcher Victor Martinez] felt there wasn’t anything he could try and do either."

 

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09/07/2010 - 10:43pm
Varitek eyes playing beyond 2010

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, after playing in his first game since June 30, suggested that he was "tremendously" excited to be back on the field following an arduous rehab from a broken left foot. Varitek entered the sixth inning of his team's 14-5 loss to the Rays, catching four innings and going 0-for-2.

 

After the contest, Varitek said that aside from what he deemed a freak injury to his foot, he was feeling healthier than he had in years. He said without question that he wants to play at least one more season after 2010, and possibly a few more.

 

"At this point, I definitely want to play another year. I’d like to play a few more years. We’ll just have to see," said Varitek. "If things go the other way and I wasn’t healthy, I’d have to evaluate. If my swings and stuff went the other direction, I’d have to evaluate. But I’ve made some drastic improvements,...

09/07/2010 - 9:50pm
No need for Clay: Wake will start Wednesday

With the Red Sox losing 14-5 to the Rays Tuesday night, and losing ground in the wild-card chase, Sox manager Terry Francona said after the game that Clay Buchholz will not pitch on three days rest in the final game of the season against Tampa Wednesday. Tim Wakefield will start instead, with Buchholz now pushed back to Friday against Oakland.

 

If the Sox had won Tuesday, they would have cut the Rays lead to 5 1/2 games. Francona said that Buchholz would have worked on three days rest in a last-ditch effort to get back in the playoff chase. For more on the Sox, read the Full Count blog.


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