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07/27/2010 - 12:08am
Source: Sox, Jays not matching up

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and Blue Jays currently aren’t a match in terms of making a deal for reliever Scott Downs. While the source points out the dynamic could change before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, there is “nothing right now.” WEEI.com’s Alex Speier is reporting, however, that the Jays continue to aggressively scout Red Sox Single-A pitcher Roman Mendez.

 

Speier reported earlier Monday that the Blue Jays have been asking for organizations’ “elite prospects” in return for Downs. When appearing on The Big Show last Friday, Peter Gammons reported that the Jays asked for Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias in exchange for Downs.

 

As for Mendez, a source has told Speier that the Jays have sent multiple scouts to see a number of the young right-hander’s starts. Mendez, who turned 20 on Sunday, was dominant in his U.S....

07/26/2010 - 11:19pm
Source: Ramirez to Mets not likely

A major league source confirmed a report by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that the Red Sox and Mets discussed a potential deal that would have sent Sox reliever Ramon Ramirez to New York. One of several possibilities discussed, the source said, included sending catcher Rod Barajas (who landed on the disabled list on Monday with a mild left oblique strain) to Boston.

 

The source said that the two sides had discussed different scenarios (some including Barajas, some not) in a potential swap, but indicated that a deal sending Ramirez to the Mets was “probably not going to happen at this point.”

 

The talks, which fizzled late last week, were driven chiefly by the Mets’ interest in Ramirez, who is 0-3 with a 4.69 ERA in 42 appearances for the Sox this year, but whose stuff has some clubs believing that he could become more effective with a change of scenery.

 

Barajas is hitting .228 with a...

07/26/2010 - 9:48pm
Tampa's Matt Garza no-hits Tigers

Tampa Bay righthander Matt Garza delivered the first no-hitter in the history of the franchise Monday night at Tropicana Field, leading the Rays past the Tigers, 5-0. Garza, who threw 120 pitches on the night, walked just one and struck out six while posting the majors' fifth no-hitter of the season. Garza and Detroit starting pitcher Max Scherzer were actually throwing combined no-hitters until the sixth inning when Tampa designated hitter Matt Joyce blasted a grand slam to break up Scherzer's bid and give Garza more than enough run support.


07/26/2010 - 8:04pm
Red Sox notes: Pedroia runs
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to Monday's series opener with the Angels that injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia ran Monday, a big step in his recovery from a broken left foot. Francona indicated that Pedroia wasn't totally satisfied with how it went, but that the trainers were pleased.

 

"He's just not ready," said Francona. "This thing's got to heal."

 

On catcher Victor Martinez hitting sixth in his first game back from a thumb injury, Francona said that Martinez "certainly won't be hitting sixth for very long." The manager noted that Martinez should catch the first two games of the series, with Kevin Cash spelling him in Wednesday's 3:35 pm start.

 

As for Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 1-for-3 while DHing for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Francona said that the outfielder will be back in the field on Tuesday for approximately half a game. Mike Lowell,...

07/26/2010 - 6:54pm
Source: Spikes agrees to 4-year deal

A league source has confirmed that Patriots second-round pick Brandon Spikes has agreed to a four-year deal worth just over $3.2 million, with a signing bonus of $960,000. Spikes is the 11th member of New England's 12-man draft class to agree to a deal, leaving only first-round pick Devin McCourty without a contract.

 

For more on this story, check out our Patriots page at weei.com/Patriots.
 


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