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03/17/2010 - 4:59pm
Pats to meet with UT safety Thomas

A league source has confirmed to WEEI.com that the Patriots have scheduled a pre-draft meeting with Texas safety Earl Thomas next week in Austin, Texas, but no workout is scheduled with Thomas as of yet. Thomas is considered one of the elite defensive backs available in this year's draft (in the latest WEEI.com mock draft, Thomas is slated to go 13th overall to the 49ers). A playmaker who might be able to move to cornerback at the NFL level, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder started all 27 games of his college career, finishing with 149 tackles, and 10 interceptions. As a sophomore last season, he set a Texas record with eight interceptions, and his two interception returns for touchdowns last season also set a school record. For more Patriots news, check out our blog, It Is What It...

03/17/2010 - 2:35pm
Lackey throws four shutout innings

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey logged four scoreless innings, in which he remained characteristically efficient. He allowed just two hits and walked none while striking out a pair of Mets hitters, needing just 39 pitches to sail through his outing.

 

Lackey has now thrown nine scoreless innings this spring, and he has yet to walk a man during the Grapefruit League season. He has allowed five hits in 30 at-bats, holding opponents to a .167 average.


03/17/2010 - 2:11pm
Report: Manager admits cocaine use

According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine as part of Major League Baseball's testing program for coaches and managers last year. Before the positive test result, Washington informed both the Rangers and MLB about the potential for a positive test.

 

"I couldn't deal with the result to come back positive and be a shock to those who've shown faith in me," Washington told SI.com.

 

The manager went through nine months of outpatient substance-abuse counseling. Though he would now be eligible to be tested just once a year -- the same frequency as other coaches -- following his successful completion of the substance abuse program, the manager told SI.com that he plans to volunteer for more regular tests to ensure that there are no suspicions about further use.

 

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03/17/2010 - 1:05pm
Bodden talks leadership, contract

Cornerback Leigh Bodden sounds like he’s ready to take on more of an active leadership role this season with the Patriots. Bodden, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay with New England, said he’s always been more of a quiet leader in the past, but that could change in 2010.

“I’m the kind of leader who leads by example — I’m really not a talkative guy in the locker room,” he said. “But some times I will step in there and say some things, and I have done that with my group in the defensive backfield. Maybe it’s time for me to do that with the team. That’s definitely something I’m looking forward to doing this year.”

Speaking after a Wednesday morning workout at Gillette Stadium, Bodden said that even with the new contract — a reported four-year deal with $10 million guaranteed — motivation won’t be an issue.

“I tell...

03/17/2010 - 12:04pm
BP session 'successful' for Daisuke

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka, coming off a strained neck muscle, threw a 54-pitch batting practice session against hitters Wednesday morning at City of Palms Park. Matsuzaka threw all of his pitches, finishing with 10 fastballs and four pitchouts against a hitter and no screen (with no swings). It was Mastuzaka's first time facing hitters this spring training. Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell classified the session as "successful" and that the pitcher had "no restrictions, no hesitation." "Every progressive step is a positive one," said Farrell, who noted that if all goes well Matsuzaka could pitch two innings in a minor league game Sunday. For more, see the Full Count Blog.


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