Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday he “absolutely” envisions running back Laurence Maroney helping the team this season. Maroney’s role has been called into question because the running back — who led the team in rushing two of the last three years — has dressed but hasn’t played the last two preseason games.
On a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, Belichick reiterated the point he made after Thursday’s preseason loss to the Rams — that the New England offense did not have the ball enough to get as many players into the game as he would have liked. (St. Louis held a staggering 44:16 edge in time of possession, and the Patriots had just 38 plays from scrimmage.)
“We anticipated playing all the players in the game, [but] we had so few plays on offense, we just weren’t able to do it,” Belichick said. “I think [Maroney] does need to play. I think...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — According a major league source, the Red Sox showed interest in outfielder Brad Hawpe, but the former member of the Colorado Rockies chose to sign with Tampa Bay because there was a perceived better fit in terms of guaranteed playing time. Prior to the series opener between the Rays and Red Sox, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said that he sees Hawpe fitting in as the team’s primary left-handed-hitting designated hitter.
The 31-year-old Hawpe, who signed a minor league deal with the Rays (a contract that would have been in line with what he might have received from the Sox and other suitors), was hitting .255 with seven homers and a .776 OPS with Colorado before being released by the Rockies Thursday.
Hawpe had hit at least 22 homers in each of his previous four seasons prior to 2010, never finishing with a batting average lower than .283 during that stretch.
A day after reportedly placing starters Josh Beckett and John Lackey on waivers, the Red Sox have done the same with young hurlers Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, according to a tweet from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. Placing players on waivers is far from indicative that they will be dealt.
Buchholz, 26, leads the American League with a 2.26 earned run average and his 15-5 record has helped him make a serious push for his first Cy Young. Lester, also 26, is 13-8 with a 3.28 earned run average and 166 strikeouts in 163 innings. Cafardo also reports that relievers Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima were also placed on waivers. Bard has a 1.28 ERA with 28 holds as the primary set-up man to closer Jonathan Papelbon.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game with the Rays, Dustin Pedroia talked about the plan he will take in regard to rehabbing the broken navicular bone in his left foot. The second baseman said that he will be getting another CT scan when the team returns to Boston Friday, at which time a decision will be made regarding surgery.
The problem, Pedroia explained, is that there hasn't been significant healing throughout the eight weeks since he originally broke the bone on a foul ball in San Francisco because it is difficult for blood to get to the area of the injury.
"If it shows like it's healing then I won't have the surgery," he said, "but it hasn't shown like it's healing the whole time."
The former American League MVP said that recovery from surgery typically takes two to three months. Michael Jordan, who had a similar injury, didn't...
Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show on Patriots Friday to hit on a number of topics, including his disappointment in the team's 36-35 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. The Patriots' player representative was also asked about the proposed 18-game season, which he called "premature."
"At the end of the day we need to make sure that we have a season to play next year," Light said, referring to negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. He added that he does not view the uncertainty of regarding the 2011 as a "distraction."
A popular topic among Patriots players this week, Light also discussed HBO's "Hard Knocks" by saying he "absolutely [does] not" watch the show that documents the Jets.
"I'll wait to see them on the field," Light said of the Patriots' division rivals, though he imagined it's "got...
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