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01/11/2012 - 5:48pm
Sox trade for minor league IF Emaus

The Colorado Rockies announced (via twitter) that they have traded minor league infielder Brad Emaus to the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Emaus, who turns 26 in March, played in 14 big league games with the Mets last year after being taken by New York from the Blue Jays in the 2010 Rule 5 draft. He hit .162 with a .262 OBP and .424 OPS, with pronounced difficulties (4-for-29) against right-handers.

While one evaluator suggested that Emaus is "a major league-caliber bench player," he did not stick on the roster and was returned to Toronto, who subsequently traded Emaus to the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitcher Chris Malone.

Emaus went on to post big numbers while playing for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in the very favorable hitting environment of Colorado Springs. He posted a .313/.389/.564/.954...

01/11/2012 - 5:12pm
Pedroia: Excited to 'pick [Valentine's] brain'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that he came away impressed by Bobby Valentine from a dinner this week that also included outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, pitcher Clay Buchholz and outfielder Darnell McDonald. The dinner, which took place during the Fiesta Bowl, served as an opportunity for introductions and for Valentine to try to learn about the routines of some of his players, including the degree to which they use scouting reports and video to prepare for opponents.

"He was great. He’s very intelligent, he was open-minded, he was thinking a lot about certain situations just sitting at the table," said Pedroia. "It was pretty cool. I’m pretty excited about it. Hopefully I can pick his brain as much as possible and try to get better. ... Once we get there, we’ll find out more on how camp’s going to be run, what he wants from each of us. It’s going to be fun...

01/11/2012 - 5:08pm
Brady (left shoulder) full practice participant

FOXBORO -- The only member of the Patriots roster who was not present at Wednesday's practice session was defensive lineman Kyle Love, but the team announced Wednesday afternoon that his absence was not injury related. In addition, New England listed quarterback Tom Brady on the report with a left shoulder, but indicated he participated fully in practice. Check out the rest of the injury report here:

Did Not Practice
DL Kyle Love (not injury related)

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
T Matt Light (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
T Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (...

01/11/2012 - 3:23pm
Marchand: Vigneault 'threat' worth scrutiny

Bruins forward Brad Marchand made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday, two days after receiving a five-game suspension for his low hit on Sami Salo in Saturday's loss to the Canucks. Marchand explained the reason for his hit, called out Canucks coach Alain Vigneault for his "threat" against him, and explained how Shawn Thornton made Dale Weise look foolish by stepping in when Weise actually wanted to fight Adam McQuaid.

Marchand acknowledged that many people view his hit as a dirty play.

"Yeah, you're right. But in a case like that he's still 6-foot-4, he's 220 pounds. He's got 50 pounds on me. He's a big boy coming in. I still have to protect myself," Marchand said. "Obviously, if you get punched you might want to retaliate. So, I was just trying to protect myself.

"In a situation like that there have been guys who are a lot smaller than him who have come at me, and I've done the same...

01/11/2012 - 2:41pm
Pats practice: Love only missing

FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Kyle Love was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on Wednesday as the team continues on-field planning for the Broncos this Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. 

The team practiced in sweats and shells on lower grass field after using their allotted day to work in full pads on Tuesday, when the Patriots had perfect attendance. 

The Patriots will have one more day of full practice on Thursday before going through their routine walkthough on Friday, the day before the game. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


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