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10/12/2011 - 3:33pm
Pedroia defends Tito: 'I'm pretty upset'

Dustin Pedroia called in to The Big Show from his vacation in Cabo, Mexico to defend his now former manager Terry Francona and his teammates in the wake of a story in the Boston Globe that quoted annonymous sources that said that Francona may have lost the clubhouse in part because of personal problems.

"I'm pretty upset about it," Pedroia said. "A lot of stuff that was said is pretty much not fair and it hurts man. It's not good." 

Asked if he was surprised, Pedroia said:

"I'm not surprised by anything, but it hurt. I've played with this guy for five years and he's had everyone's back since Day One. He might take the hit for some things and the way the team's playing and stuff like that but from Day One this guy had my back, he's had everyone's back. He protected every single guy in that clubhouse and that's why I respect him like you can't believe. Whatever job he gets, if he needs me for a couple of games...

10/12/2011 - 2:12pm
Krejci day-to-day, Seguin on top line
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins received good news on the status of David Krejci, as coach Claude Julien said Wednesday in Carolina that the center did not suffer a knee injury, but rather a core injury. Krejci will not play Wednesday but is considered day-to-day. 

"He's day to day and it's an injury in the core area. We can certainly eliminate the knee injury that's been speculated," Julien said. "… We'll see how he does and whether he joins us in Chicago or not." 

With Krejci out, 19-year-old Tyler Seguin will become the team's first-line center for the first time in his young career. Seguin is tied for the team lead with three points through three games. 

"We knew that down the road we needed him to step up in that area," Julien said. "… Moving Tyler there is certainly one of our options there and the one we're probably going to start with." 

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10/12/2011 - 1:50pm
Vollmer, Edelman, Woodhead at practice

FOXBORO -- Three key offensive players returned to practice on Wednesday as the team began their on-field preparation for the Cowboys this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

Sebastian Vollmer (back), Danny Woodhead (ankle) and Julian Edelman (ankle) were all back in uniform and on the lower grass field for the Patriots at the start of practice while Jerod Mayo (left knee), Mike Wright (concussion) and Josh Barrett (hand) were the only players not spotted in shorts and shells at practice on the lower grass field. 

Vollmer has been limited to just one game this season, playing only against the Chargers in Week 2. Wright practice last week with the team but was not active for the game against the Jets. Barrett was also inactive with his hand injury, the first game he's missed this season. 

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10/12/2011 - 12:39pm
Haynesworth: 'Only God knows' his future

FOXBORO -- Patriots nose tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday he's feeling "OK" about his progress in his first five weeks with the team as he battling through back ailments. But he admitted, he still has a ways to go before fulfilling the expectations of his teammates and the team officials who brought him to New England in a late-July trade with the Redskins. 

"The more I play, the more familar I can get," Haynesworth said before heading out to meetings and practice. "Coach [Bill Belichick] isn't going to rush anything and he wants me to get my feet under me so I can play well."

Haynesworth returned to action last week against the Jets and was limited to mainly third-down situations, after missing the previous two games with a back injury.

"I feel OK," Haynesworth said. "I'm still trying to shake some things or whatever. But as time goes, I'm feeling better and better and more...

10/12/2011 - 11:54am
Nomar on M&M: Sox attacks continue

Former Red Sox shortstop and current ESPN analyst Nomar Garciaparra joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the latest revelations of clubhouse problems with the Sox and the future of Theo Epstein.

Garciaparra said he has not read Wednesday's Boston Globe article that expands on recent allegations of misbehavior at Fenway. "I have not, and I really have no intention of reading it," he said. "I don't think I need to."

Informed about some of the content, Garciaparra said it sounds like the players need to do a better job of policing the clubhouse.

"If that was really going on -- and I say really going on -- I'd have an issue," he said. "And also, that's an issue that we take on as players. I know personally that that's where I'm upset. I'm saying something, for sure. I'm saying something to my starting pitcher. I'm saying something to these guys up here, to say, 'Hey listen, fine, keep your...

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