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10/25/2011 - 3:46pm
Lackey to have Tommy John surgery
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced at his introductory press conference Tuesday that right-handed pitcher Jon Lackey will have Tommy John surgery this offseason. 

Lackey, 33, is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, going 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in his second season with the Sox. 

"He had some intermittent elbow soreness throughout the season," Cherington said. "We decided, he decided it would be a good sea after to the season to get that checked again. He saw Dr. Yocum recently in LA, had a follow-up MRI to compare to the previous one that was done in May or June. After more consultation with Dr. Yocum, John has decided to go ahead with Tommy John surgery. We're waiting on a surgery date, but I talked to him the other day, and he's really excited about the future, certainly anxious about the surgery and getting that done and the rehab, but knows that he's a much better pitcher than what he...

10/25/2011 - 1:56pm
Theo: Compensation in 'coming weeks'

CHICAGO -- At his introductory press conference as president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, Theo Epstein was asked on Tuesday if the matter of compensation for the former Red Sox general manager had been settled between the two franchises.

"The Cubs and Red Sox have a great working relationship," Epstein said. "They've had one for years, they are going to have one together going forward in the future. There are a lot of solid relationships on both ends."

Epstein later said that the issue of compensation will be solved in "the coming weeks," and acknowledged if the two organizations cannot come to an agreement a third party will have to step in to resolve the issue. MLB commissioner Bud Selig said last week that he could intervene if an agreement is not reached.

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10/25/2011 - 1:40pm
Pats practice: Cannon in, Fletcher out

FOXBORO -- Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon was on the practice field for the first time on Tuesday as the Patriots began on-field preparations for the Steelers this Sunday in Pittsburgh. Cannon's story is an inspirational one as he was treated this spring for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and was fifth-round pick out of TCU. 

The only player not spotted at the beginning of practice Tuesday was linebacker Dane Fletcher. There is no injury report due from the team until after Wednesday's practice. The team worked out in shorts and shells on the lower grass field outside Gillette Stadium. 

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


10/25/2011 - 1:36pm
Theo: 'Feels great to be a Cub'

CHICAGO -- Theo Epstein was introduced as the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs at a press conference on Tuesday.

"It truly feels great to be a Cub today," Epstein said. "I'd like to thanks Cubs' fans for being so welcoming to me and my family already, I appreciate your faith in me and I promise to repay with the hard work and dedication that you deserve."

Epstein was asked what it will take to change the culture of losing with the Cubs, a franchise that lost 91 games last season and hasn't won a World Series since 1908.

"We will define and implement a Cubs way of playing the game and we won't rest until there is a steady stream of talent coming through the minor-league system trained in the Cubs way," Epstein said. "We're going to build the best baseball operation we can. We're going to change the culture. Our players are going to change the culture along with us in the major...

10/25/2011 - 1:11pm
Blue Jays alter policy on lateral moves

Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and general manager Alex Anthopolous issued a joint statement Tuesday declaring the Jays have altered its policy regarding employees moving to another organization if it is considered a lateral move. The change would seem to be in response to the rumors regarding Toronto manager John Farrell potentially talking to the Red Sox about their vacant managerial opening.

"Due to the distraction caused by media speculation regarding our employee permission policy, the Toronto Blue Jays have amended their policy and will not grant permission for lateral moves," the statement read.

Previously, Anthopolous had suggested that the Blue Jays would not stand in the way of any of their employees talking to another organization, regardless of the title.

"Selfishly, I don't want any of our guys to leave," the GM told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, "but at the same time I hope all of our employees have...

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