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08/15/2012 - 4:08pm
Gaffney tweaks right leg

FOXBORO -- Jabar Gaffney missed most of full pads practice on Wednesday afternoon after pulling up and grabbing his right quadriceps during one-on-one drills between wide receivers and cornerbacks.

Just 30 minutes into practice, Gaffney blew by Devin McCourty on a sideline route down the right side trying to catch a ball thrown by Tom Brady. Gaffney clutched at his right leg and limped off to the sideline on his own power. He was seen by the Patriots medical staff and then treated at midfield, where he remained with his pads off for the rest of practice. Team doctor Tom Gill and trainers spent several minutes with Gaffney before leaving him to rest on the sidelines. 

Gaffney has been practicing with the starting unit for most of training camp, as he fights for a starting job in the deep Patriots receiving corps. 

Also injured on Wednesday was backup defensive lineman Marcus Harrison, who left during 11-on-11 drills later in...

08/15/2012 - 2:44pm
Lineup: Punto gets starts at third base

The Sox will have Nick Punto playing third base and batting ninth as they resume their series with the Orioles in Baltimore. It's Punto's first start since last Tuesday and just his third this month. Jarrod Saltalmacchia resumes his duties behind the plate and will catch Aaron Cook.

Also for the Sox, Cody Ross moves in the DH and Scott Podesdnik is back in right. Here's the rest of the lineup:

Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross DH,
Saltalamacchia c
Aviles SS
Podsednik RF
Punto 3B

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08/15/2012 - 2:33pm
Bobby V: Sox structure needs 'fine tuning'

In the wake of a reported meeting between players and ownership that was critical of Bobby Valentine, the Sox manager appeared as a guest on The Big Show and suggested that the team's organizational structure needs to change so that players don't feel compelled to take their gripes to management.

"I think it really needs fine-tuning," Valentine said. "They might have brought me in to adjust some of the culture was existing." 

Valentine said that he was in a meeting with management prior to the players' meeting that was reported by Yahoo!

"I'm sure there was a meeting of the minds," Valentine said. "I don't want you to think that I show up every day at game time and sit in the corner of the dugout and when the game's over I fly away on my broomstick. I'm here at 2 p.m. and continuously talking with guys. I've had a couple of them already come in today. We'll talk about their stance or the pitcher's...

08/15/2012 - 12:16pm
Olney on M&M: Sox face 'long offseason'

MLB analyst Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni for his weekly Wednesday afternoon appearance to discuss Yahoo! Sports writer Jeff Passan's report on players meeting with ownership to complain about Bobby Valentine. Olney said the players should have spoken to general manager Ben Cherington as opposed to voicing discontent to the owners. 

"It's a complicated question," Olney said. "I wrote a column today and I really think that in a perfect world [don't] have the players essentially go around Bobby, go around Ben Cherington, the general manager, and go straight to the owners. I don't think that's necessarily a good idea when you're talking about a chain of command. You want the communication to happen a level below ownership. I wrote today I think that John Henry should take a cue from what George Steinbrenner did in the fall of 2005 and basically give Brian Cashman the power to create a chain of command...

08/15/2012 - 9:22am
Passan: More controversy ahead for Sox

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who broke the story about the Red Sox' meeting regarding players' displeasure with manager Bobby Valentine, joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning and warned Red Sox Nation to prepare for more controversy as further details of the meeting leak out.

"These days, not just with baseball, not just with the Red Sox, things can stay secret only so long," Passan said. "As we know, as we've seen in the past, unfortunately for the Red Sox, things often do not end well there. In fact, they end -- I believe I used the words 'mushroom cloud.' I think this is the first bomb dropping. Certainly, there will be more."

Passan reported that players complained to ownership, and the bosses called a meeting in which players aired their grievances. Dustin Pedroia confirmed the meeting but implied that it was designed as a general discussion to improve the team. Passan says otherwise.

"The meeting wasn...

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