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08/29/2010 - 3:38pm
Source: Red Sox claim Napoli off waivers

According to a league source, the Red Sox have claimed catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli off waivers. The 28-year-old Napoli is in his fifth season with the Angels, and is hitting .249 with 21 homers and 60 RBIs in 113 games this season. ESPN.com first reported the move.

 

The Red Sox and Angels have until Monday afternoon to complete a trade for Napoli.



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08/29/2010 - 2:07pm
Rex: Jets might go after ex-Pats' LB Thomas

An injury to Jets linebacker Calvin Pace could clear the way for a reunion of Rex Ryan and former Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas.

Pace, who broke his foot in the third quarter of Friday’s game against the Redskins, will reportedly be out a few weeks with the injury. That could leave New York in the market for a free agent linebacker like Thomas, who played for Ryan in Baltimore when he was the defensive coordinator with the Ravens.

“I would say it would be a possibility,” the Jets head coach said Sunday when he was asked about New York possibly signing Thomas. “I’m not going to rule that out.”

Thomas played for the Patriots the last three seasons, but his time in New England came to a bitter end in April when he was released by the team. It marked the end one of the most eventful three-year careers with the Patriots — Thomas went from moments of brilliance in 2007 to being a...

08/29/2010 - 1:03am
Couture beats up Toney at Garden

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, 47, beat up on James Toney in the former boxing champion's inaugural mixed martial arts fight, at the TD Garden Saturday night. Couture submitted Toney 3 minutes, 19 seconds into Round 1. The match was the co-headliner for the Garden's much-anticpated MMA event, which also featured the UFC Lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn. In the championship bout, Edgar defeated Penn for the second time in five months.

 

For more from the Garden's first MMA event, see the Tapped Out Blog by clicking here.


08/28/2010 - 9:30pm
Johnson's 10th-inning homer sinks Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dan Johnson hit a 2-2 pitch from Scott Atchison over the right field wall with nobody out in the 10th inning to give the Rays a 3-2 win over the Red Sox, Saturday night at Tropicana Field. The loss moves the Sox to 5 1/2 games in back of Tampa Bay in the wild card chase.

 

Clay Buchholz turned in another solid outing, allowing just two runs over seven innings. The Red Sox starter, who lowered his American League-leading ERA to 2.21, saw his scoreless inning streak stopped at 26 when Carlos Pena tagged up on a Matt Joyce fly ball in foul ground in the seventh inning. Pena had reached third after Buchholz' pickoff throw sailed wide of first baseman Mike Lowell.

 

The only other run against Buchholz came in the eighth inning, after Victor Martinez had given the Red Sox a 2-1 lead with his third homer of the series. Tampa Bay was able to tie it up at 2-2 when B.J. Upton deposited the Sox' starter's second...

08/28/2010 - 8:02pm
Varitek nearing rehab assignment

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's game with the Rays Saturday night that catcher Jason Varitek was improving to the point where a rehabilitation assignment could start being considered. 

 

"I would think he’ll stay with us through this trip and the timing of that is probably pretty close to, when we get back off this trip, he can get examined," Francona said. "Again, as long as everything is going OK. And maybe we can get him out and play a few games.” Varitek's rehab stint would figure to take place prior to Sept. 6, which is the conclusion of the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox' season.

 

Varitek, who has been on the disabled list with a broken foot since July 1, has participated in both catching bullpen sessions, throwing drills, and various levels of sprints in recent days. The 38-year-old last played on June 30 and was hitting .263 with seven...

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