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08/11/2010 - 12:40pm
Francona on D&H: We'll go to Doubront

Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about his team as it enters the final stretch, and he confirmed Jarrod Saltalamacchia's immediate move from Pawtucket to the big club as well as Kevin Cash's trip to the disabled list due to hamstring issues. 

 

"I don't think we're real comfortable with the position we're in, having just one catcher," Francona said. "So we talked to Cash this morning, and Saltalamacchia's on his way [to Toronto]. He'll probably get in here pretty soon."

 

Speaking of additions, Francona also talked about Felix Doubront, who entered Tuesday's game in a pickle but was able to perform admirably given the circumstances, and his quick transition from a starter to a reliever. Francona noted that he wanted to ease the young pitcher into his new role rather than throw him to the wolves so early. 

 

"That's kind of...

08/11/2010 - 12:26pm
Welker uncertain for preseason opener

FOXBORO — According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, wide receiver Wes Welker remains a game-day decision for the preseason opener against the Saints Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

"We'll see how it goes yesterday and today and make a decision on that," Belichick said during his Wednesday morning press conference prior to the third of three joint practices with the Saints. "I don't know. I'm not saying he will. I'm not saying he won't. We'll evaluate it and see."

Welker, who suffered a left knee injury in last year's regular-season finale, has been rehabbing throughout the spring and summer in an attempt to return to the field. He says sometimes he feels himself getting better, and some days, not so much.

"Some days I do and some days I don’t," he said. "I think as long as I’m out here and am able to make those same movements, it helps in the long run."...

08/11/2010 - 11:42am
Kraft on Pats, Brady talks: 'We're cooking'

FOXBORO -- In between talking about his optimistic feelings for the upcoming season and his thoughts on Sam "Bam" Cunningham heading into the Patriots Hall of Fame this week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft hinted he and star quarterback Tom Brady could be close to a long-term deal. 

 

"We're cookin," is all Kraft would say when asked about the progress in negotiations between the team and the two-time Super Bowl MVP. But upon further review, Kraft was referring in general to practice and the upcoming season and NOT to specific progress being made in talks.

 

Brady, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Saints quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees are all in talks for a new contract, with all three hoping to finalize a deal before a new collective bargaining agreement is reached between the players and the NFL. Brees said on Tuesday that he would watch closely the negotiations between...

08/11/2010 - 11:34am
Live chat: Talk Sox with Merloni at 12:30

Join Lou Merloni for a live chat to discuss the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon, starting at 12:30. Merloni, a former Red Sox player who appears regularly on WEEI and WEEI.com, will take your questions as the Red Sox attempt to continue their climb up the standings when they play the Blue Jays at 12:37. To join the live chat, click here.


08/11/2010 - 10:58am
Sox to promote Saltalamacchia, Cash on DL

TORONTO -- According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox have promoted catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for Wednesday night's game at Rogers Centre. To make room for the 25-year-old the Red Sox will place Kevin Cash on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. Since being acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline, Saltalamacchia was hitting .238 in five games with the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox. He hasn't played in the major leagues since April 7, after which the Texas Rangers sent him to Triple A to work on his throwing problems. The Boston Globe was first to report the promotion. For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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