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03/30/2010 - 9:32pm
Red Sox sign Cuban outfielder

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox have come to terms with Cuban outfielder Jorge Padron to a minor league contract that will include a signing bonus of $350,000. The signing was first reported by the El Nuevo Herald. The 22-year-old Padron, who left Cuba, following Cuba's 2009 season. According to the Web site ScoutingBook.com is "a stocky contact bat who hits from the left side." The left-handed hitting Padron is reportedly a spray hitter who is tough on right-handed pitching. He had been playing left field for Pinar del Rio, manning the team's leadoff spot for the 2007-08 seasons.


03/30/2010 - 7:59pm
NFL will unveil preseason sked Wed.

The NFL announced Tuesday afternoon that they will release the 2010 preseason schedule on Wednesday at 3 p.m. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


03/30/2010 - 5:10pm
Source: Pats 'love' DT Odrick
By: DJ Bean

A league source told WEEI.com on Tuesday that the Patriots, who hold the 22nd overall pick in next month's NFL Draft, "love" Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick. The 6-foot-5, 304-pound Odrick played the 3-technique under Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson's 4-3 but figures to play the 5-technique end role in the Patriot's 3-4 scheme. Odrick is a projected first-round pick and has drawn comparisons to former Patriot defensive end Richard Seymour. Whether or not the Patriots have held a private workout with Odrick has yet to be confirmed. For more on Odrick, check out the Potential Patriots series in the It Is What It Is blog.


03/30/2010 - 4:30pm
Beckett: Shoulder, talks not concerns

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking after his Tuesday morning workout at City of Palms Park, Josh Beckett said that he has not heard from his agent, Michael Moye, that any agreement on a contract extension is imminent. The Red Sox' Opening Day pitcher explained that he has put a system in place throughout negotiations that doesn't allow Moye to weigh the hurler down with information regarding talks unless information is needed or a deal is imminent.

 

Beckett said as of Tuesday early afternoon he was unaware of many of the specifics cited in an ESPN report stated a deal might be a nearing, or other reports that the suggest the Sox have offered the hurler a four-year deal and that the team was wary of offering a fifth year due to concerns regarding his right shoulder.

 

"It forces me not to speculate. I let other people speculate. I don't speculate. I go off of what I know and I don't know anything," Beckett said. "I...

03/30/2010 - 3:51pm
Pierce leaves practice with 'stinger'

WALTHAM -- For the second time in three days, Paul Pierce injured his right shoulder. This time, the injury happened midway through Celtics practice when he ran into a back screen and fell to the ground. Rivers said trainer Ed Lacerte said if it's just a stinger, Pierce should be fine to play. "He actually got hurt again," Rivers said. "It's a stinger. It was the same exact reaction. It looked worse today. Eddie said if it's a stinger, he'll be fine but you get concerned because it's a game and a practice, exact same thing." Meanwhile, Kendrick Perkins returned to practice and is expected to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday night against Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City at TD Garden. For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


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