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10/01/2010 - 11:55am
King on D&H: Belichick 'patient up to a point'

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports checked in for his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday. King addressed the Patriots' defensive struggles.

 

"What really has surprised me is, they're basically averaging giving up 27 points a game," King said. "That's eight points more than Cleveland, that's 15 points more than Kansas City, that's 11 points more than the Rams. The Patriots right now, and it's shown with how Darius Butler got yanked, that [Bill] Belichick is going to be patient up to a point. But I think it's showing the one thing the Patriots should have done in the offseason and didn't do, is really address their pass rush situation. … This is a team that needs to get after the quarterback better and needs to cover better."

 

Looking at the Logan Mankins situation, King said the Patriots should be eager to get something for the holdout offensive lineman. "If I...

10/01/2010 - 11:51am
Sox acquire indy leaguer Johnson

The Gateway Grizzlies announced that the Red Sox have acquired the contract of center fielder Matty Johnson, a 22-year-old in the independent Frontier League. Johnson was named Frontier League Rookie of the Year after hitting .313 with a .429 OBP, .379 slugging mark and 24 steals. Johnson graduated in 2010 from Bellevue College, where he batted a combined .429 over two years and stol 43 bases in 83 games.

 

The Sox have targeted the independent leagues aggressively in recent years, and current big leaguers Daniel Nava and Robert Coello both represent players whom the team acquired for relatively minimal cost and who advanced all the way through the minor league system.

 

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10/01/2010 - 11:40am
Report: Rockies targeting Martinez

Rockies manager Jim Tracy told the Denver Post that the Rockies are looking to add an "impact bat" this offseason. According to the report, the Rockies will target Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez if he is available, though the report also suggested that the switch-hitter could be out of Colorado's price range.

 

Martinez, who will be a free agent following this season for the first time in his career, turned down a two-year offer from the Red Sox. Sox GM Theo Epstein, while declining to address details of the team's talks with Martinez or fellow Red Sox free-agents-to-be Adrian Beltre, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz (who the Sox have a contract option on for the 2011 season), acknowledged interest in...

10/01/2010 - 11:31am
Pats Friday practice: Taylor misses again

FOXBORO -- Perhaps in an effort to prepare for the heat and humidity of South Florida on Monday night, the Patriots practiced inside a sweltering Dana Farber Fieldhouse on Friday with only three players missing practice. The team also worked out indoors because of the high winds and imminent heavy rain in the forecast for Friday. 

 

"We'll be inside today getting ready for the nice weather in Florida," Belichick said, referring to the heat.  

 

Running back Fred Taylor (toe) was again missing from the open portion of practice as were CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) and OL Nick Kaczur (back). 

 

The team will practice again on Saturday in Foxboro before leaving for South Florida on Sunday for Monday night's showdown with the Dolphins. 

 

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10/01/2010 - 10:39am
Neal on D&H: Need a 60-minute effort

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal checked in for his weekly appearance with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning. Looking back at a solid ground effort in Sunday's win over the Bills, Neal said, "It felt good. The coaches call the plays and we try to execute them. We had a lot of people who had great performances."

 

Neal discussed the propensity of some players to carry on a conversation during a game. He said he's not one to do much trash-talking. "The only people I talk to to are my offensive linemates, because we're trying to get the calls right and get everything precise," he said. "So, I'm not over there yapping at the defense. If they're even yapping at me, I don't even hear them, because I'm listening to [Dan] Koppen, Sebastian [Vollmer], to [Tom] Brady. Whatever they call, we're trying to relay it out to everyoone and get on the same page."

 

Added Neal: "You can say...

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