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10/19/2011 - 4:36pm
Cubs prospect McNutt roughed up in AFL

Cubs minor leaguer Trey McNutt, a right-handed pitcher who is rumored to be a Red Sox target in a potential deal involving GM Theo Epstein, was roughed up for four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while pitching for the Mesa Solar Sox against the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.

The hard-throwing 22-year-old threw 53 pitches, 30 for strikes. The Scorpions team he faced included a couple of Red Sox prospects, including outfieders Alex Hassan (who went 1-for-2 against McNutt with an RBI single) and Ryan Dent (1-for-1 with a single).

After the outing, McNutt took stock of the rumors that he could be traded to Boston as part of a package for a head of baseball operations.

"I just thought it was a joke and then [teammates] showed me and I was like, ‘It’s for real,’" McNutt said. "I just didn’t think they would trade me because we need the starting...

10/19/2011 - 3:18pm
Report: Rondo, Pierce to play in world tour

According to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce will each play in a world basketball tour scheduled to take place from October 30-November 9.

Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Derrick Rose are among others who will play in the tour, which will include stops in Australia, Puerto Rico and London. Broussard also reported that there is a possibility that Kevin Garnett will also play. Each player could be paid up to $1 million for the tour, which will take place only if the players and owners fail to agree on a deal to end the lockout.

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10/19/2011 - 2:42pm
Marchand on M&M: 'We need our emotion'

Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after the B's fell to 2-4-0 with a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.

The Bruins tried to get physical with Carolina, but it backfired in the final period with some key penalties.

"A big part of our game is emotion," Marchand said. "Last year, anytime we had a physical game like that where there was a lot of fights and guys were getting involved, we were playing pretty good hockey. And it started to work there for us after our team got in a couple of fights there. We scored a goal, we were playing really good hockey. And then we got a couple of penalties that were questionable or maybe we shouldn't have taken.

"It did kind of bite us in the butt, but we do have to play that style of game. We need our emotion. We need to get involved. If we continue to do that and play that way, we're going to win a lot more games than we lose."...

10/19/2011 - 2:27pm
Damon: 'Drama, every single day' with Sox

Johnny Damon weighed in on the Red Sox' collapse and ensuing controversy during an interview with Tampa radio station WDAE The Sports Animal.

Damon's Rays were the beneficiaries of the Sox' September collapse, as Tampa Bay rallied from a huge deficit to capture the wild card on the final day of the regular season.

"We were happy because of their demise," he said. "It got us into the playoffs and gave us a chance to possibly do something great. Unfortunately, that's how that market is. Like David Ortiz said, too, it's drama, every single day."

Asked about the controversy that led to the departure of manager Terry Francona, Damon suggested the players should have taken a bigger role in policing the locker room, specifically referring to the reports of pitchers drinking in the clubhouse during games. Jon Lester acknowledged some drinking took place -- referring to pitchers have a "rally beer" -- but downplayed the...

10/19/2011 - 2:08pm
Gammons: Sox chaos impacts free agents

MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show on Wednesday to discuss the state of affairs with the Red Sox, including the drama surrounding the allegations about beer-drinking in the dugout as well as the role played by ownership in both the post-season chaos and the negotiations between the Sox and Cubs about general manager Theo Epstein.

Gammons suggested that regardless of the reality of the situation, the perception that team owners have been responsible for leaks about player and manager behavior could hurt the Sox in their efforts to pursue free agents.

"I think it will affect free agents to some degree. The leap of faith that all these stories were put out by ownership has hurt them," said Gammons. "And again, I think it’s more and more proven that it wasn’t ownership — at least John Henry or Larry Lucchino — but I think there’s a perception that this...

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