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06/24/2010 - 5:41pm
Reports: Ex-Sox Nelson signs with M's

ESPN.com's Joe MacDonald and PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard are both reporting (via twitter) that former Red Sox reliever Joe Nelson has signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. Nelson, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox in January, pitched eight games for Boston after a mid-May callup. He had a 9.72 ERA before getting designated for assignment earlier this month.

 

At the time, Nelson said he was unsure whether he would seek another job or retire. After taking some time to ponder the decision, he appears to have continued to pursue his pitching career.

 

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06/24/2010 - 5:30pm
Lineups: Nava hitting second, Varitek catching
By: DJ Bean

After yet another outstanding offensive performance, most recently vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava has been moved up to the second spot in the lineup as the Sox face Jason Hammel and look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. Jason Varitek is catching a night after Victor Martinez took a Clint Barmes hip the face on a play at the plate. Kevin Youkilis is once again out with David Ortiz at first and Adrian Beltre at third. 

 

RED SOX 

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Daniel Nava, LF

3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

4. David Ortiz, 1B

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. Jason Varitek, C

7. Mike Cameron, CF

8. Josh Reddick, RF

9. Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP

 

For more on the game, including batter/pitcher matchups,...

06/24/2010 - 3:59pm
Ricciardi: Papelbon's fastball not the same

ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi, formerly the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, discussed the struggles of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in his weekly visit to The Big Show. After his blown save and loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Papelbon has allowed a career-high six homers, and his ERA (3.76) represents a career high, while his strikeouts per nine innings (7.6) are at a career low.

 

Ricciardi said that Papelbon, who has converted 16 of 18 save opportunities this year, remains one of the game's best. At the same time, he suggested that the right-hander's fastball is not as overpowering as it had been in the past.

 

"Let’s face it. He’s still one of the premier closers in the game. I just think his fastball might be a little shorter than it was in the past. Guys might be getting some better swings off him," said Ricciardi. "I don’t see the fastball being what...

06/24/2010 - 3:46pm
Patriots cut RB Paschall

The New England Patriots released running back Pat Paschall Thursday afternoon. Paschall, 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of North Dakota State on April 29. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


06/24/2010 - 3:25pm
Boychuk eager to become top four defender
By: DJ Bean

In re-signing Johnny Boychuk, the Bruins kept some stability on their defense just two days after shipping Dennis Wideman off to the Panthers. Speaking with the media, Boychuk, who stepped up to play alongside Zdeno Chara in the playoffs, is excited for a bigger role with the defense next season.

 

"When they moved Dennis, obviously it maybe makes an opening for me to maybe jump into the top four and play little more minutes than being a five or six guy," Boychuk said. "When they moved him, it kind of just maybe sent a message to me saying 'You'd better be ready to be a top four guy.' And even if I'm not, I want to play like I am." 

 

Boychuk, who said he was "still kind of shell-shocked" by the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, said returning to the core of players and coaches in Boston was his top priority as he was set to hit unrestricted free agency...

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