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09/04/2010 - 10:31am
Ortiz: Manny's words 'made me really happy'

Speaking before the first game of the Red Sox' doubleheader with the White Sox, David Ortiz said that the statement by Manny Ramirez Friday, saying he took responsibility for his problems with the Sox, pleased the designated hitter. Ortiz explained that the mea culpa suggested that Ramirez has "tried to figure some things out."

 

"It made me really happy," said Ortiz of Ramirez' quotes to a group of reporters Friday afternoon. "Manny and I are friends and we shared a lot of time together. Me and Manny, we never had any kind of problems because I understand the way he was and I never had any kind of problem with that."

 

Asked if if was surprised that Ramirez admitted that the problems he faced in his final days in Boston were the White Sox' slugger's fault, Ortiz said it didn't totally catch him off guard.

 

"Manny has been gone for a few years and I've been hearing...

09/04/2010 - 10:07am
Tito: Pedroia post-op 'very encouraging'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Saturday that there's reason to think Dustin Pedroia will make a full and complete recovery from Friday's procedure to put a pin in his left foot to help heal the broken bone. 

 

"It sounded really encouraging," Francona said. "When they went in and saw the amount of healing and that it was in a line, it just sounded really optimistic so that was good to hear. Certainly, we're glad to hear that have [doctors] come out and say, 'Oh boy, this isn't what we thought it was going to be.'"

 

Francona said Pedroia should be ready to resume baseball and regular offseason training activities on or around Dec. 1, when players normally begin to ramp up their offseason conditioning. Pedroia should be ready for spring training in February. 

 

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09/04/2010 - 9:48am
Tito hopes no sudden impact from Manny

After the Chicago White Sox were awarded Manny Ramirez this week on a straight waiver claim from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the slugger gets another chance to return to Fenway Park this weekend for a three-game series.

 

Asked if he thinks Ramirez can make an impact on the American League Central race, Francona sounded hopeful that his team could keep the slugger from breaking out with his new team.

 

"I hope not this weekend," Francona said. The question was asked by New York Daily News sports writer Roger Rubin toward the end of Saturday's briefing with reporters. Francona added, "You came all the way up here for that?" 

 

The White Sox enter Saturday's doubleheader with a 73-60 mark, four games behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central. 

 

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09/04/2010 - 9:39am
Tito: 'Important day' for Tek

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said catcher Jason Varitek could be nearing a return to game action following a meeting Saturday with doctors. Varitek has been out of action with a broken foot since taking a foul ball off his right foot on June 30 against Tampa Bay. 

 

"He's going to meet with the medical people and doctors today," Francona said. "We'll see what they'll allow him to do. Hopefully, he'll be able to go play, we'll see. I know time is running out for the Triple-A guys so today is an important day and important meeting for him."

 

The Triple-A PawSox conclude their season with a pair of home games Sunday and Monday at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket against Syracuse. 

 

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09/03/2010 - 11:48pm
Report: Savard deal no longer an issue
By: DJ Bean

 

According to TSN, the NHL and NHLPA have finally agreed to a change in rules regarding players’ contracts. As part of the agreement, long-term deals that were under investigation by the league (including Marc Savard’s deal) will be grandfathered. The rules, which will be explained below, will apply to all contracts filed after Friday.

 

The report includes two stipulations. Though the gist of it is well-understood here, rewording it may only confuse some. Here’s an excerpt from Darren Dreger:

 

“First: For long-term contracts extending beyond the age of 40, the contract’s average annual value for the years up to and including 40, are calculated by dividing total value in those years by the number of years up to and including 40. Then for the years covering ages 41 and beyond, the cap charge in each year is equal to the value of the contract in that year.

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