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02/23/2010 - 4:51pm
Source: Ricciardi to join ESPN

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, former Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi will be joining the cast of ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" starting in March. ESPN already has announced that former major league third baseman Aaron Boone will be part of the show as well, and further indications suggest that former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra may be added to the group shortly. An official announcement regarding Ricciardi is expected later this week or early next week. 


02/23/2010 - 1:33pm
Lowell: 'No idea' if he'll be with Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell spoke at the team's minor league training facility on Tuesday. He discussed his health and his status with the team this spring, following an offseason when the team nearly dealt him to the Rangers and then signed Adrian Beltre as his replacement at third.

 

Lowell, who turns 36 on Wednesday, said that his hip is significantly stronger (by his estimate, by times stronger) than it was last year when he reported. The veteran, who is now in his fifth spring training with the Sox, said that he's hitting off a tee and a week away from taking batting practice.

 

The third baseman is fully aware of the Sox' unsuccessful efforts to trade him this offseason due to the torn thumb ligament that required surgery. With the signing of Adrian Beltre, he also is aware that he surely will be available to interested teams. He could not predict whether he would be with the Sox on Opening...

02/23/2010 - 9:08am
Mashup: Youth hockey boxing

A Toronto newspaper reported on the practice of Canadian youth hockey teams holding boxing matches in locker rooms. The story was prompted by a video of two 15-year-olds duking it out. The reaction to the report was mixed, with many condemning the fights and others saying the boys should be allowed to battle. Read more about it (and see the controversial video) at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


02/23/2010 - 3:22am
No plan for the 'pen for Buchholz

According to Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox have not broached the possibility of breaking camp with the hurler in the bullpen despite a perceived surplus of starters and the recent proclamation by Sox manager Terry Francona that Tim Wakefield is a starter. Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell also said that using Buchholz as a reliever hasn't been talked about. “At this point and time, no, we haven’t. We haven’t discussed that role,” Farrell said. “We view him as a middle-of-the-rotation to front-of-the-rotation type of pitcher. He established himself very well when he came up here. From Theo [Epstein] to Tito [Francona] and our entire organization, we view him in that role. ... Anything can always change, but I think our focus in spring training is to get him prepared to take 30-32 starts, and there’s no reason why that won’t be the case at this point.” To read more reaction from...

02/23/2010 - 12:04am
Reports: Panthers won't tag Peppers

According to multiple reports, the Carolina Panthers do not plan to use the franchise tag this year on defensive end Julius Peppers. Charlotte’s WCNC-TV and ESPN reported Monday evening that the 30-year-old Peppers — who was hit with the franchise tag last season — will not be tagged for a second consecutive year by the team, which will leave him as one of the most attractive available players when free agency begins March 5. The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder has been one of the premier pass rushers over the last decade, compiling 81 sacks, including 10.5 sacks or more in five of the last six seasons with the Panthers. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


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