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07/29/2010 - 4:33pm
Sox prospect Iglesias nearing return

Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias, who has missed the last two months due an occult fracture of his right index finger, is nearing a return to games. The 20-year-old has started taking batting practice, and could start playing again by this weekend. The Sox have yet to determine whether he will return directly to Double-A Portland, or if he will instead start at a lower level of the minors.

 

Iglesias, signed last summer for a four-year, $8.25 million major league contract, was off to a strong start in his first full season of pro ball, hitting .306 with a .748 OPS for Double-A Portand. 

 

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07/29/2010 - 3:16pm
Ricciardi: Yanks want 'knockout punch'
By: DJ Bean

ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Thursday and shed light on Saturday's MLB trade deadline. He noted that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has a couple of areas to address.

 

"I think he's definitely looking at relief pitching. I don't think there's any doubt about that," Ricciardi said. "I think they've been in on a lot of good guys. I think that the price tag is really high right now, so I think they're trying to address their relief pitching. I think they're trying to add one more bat, which may be in the outfield because their outfield is still banged up. I think they're getting everyday players back like [Victor] Martinez, and ultimately their lineup will start to get together a little bit more, but I think they're going to need one more bat, which I think they'll try to get.

 

"They might have as much luck on the waiver wire when guys start going through waivers --...

07/29/2010 - 12:36pm
Report: Pats' Burgess pondering retirement

Patriots outside linebacker Derrick Burgess is considering retirement, according to a report from ESPN. Burgess, who had five sacks last year in his first season with New England, was not present for the first training camp workout on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the offseason with the Patriots. For more on this story, check out our Patriots team page, weei.com/Patriots.


07/29/2010 - 11:56am
Pitino has testy exchanges in court

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino finished his testimony in the Karen Cunagin Sypher extortion trial Thursday, and the former Celtics coach had multiple heated exchanges with the defense lawyer during two hours of questioning. Pitino said he didn't immediately report threatening phone calls from Sypher following their alleged affair because he didn't want his family to find out.

 

Pitino admitted Wednesday that he had sex with Sypher in a restaurant booth. Sypher claims she was raped.

 

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07/29/2010 - 11:37am
Vince on Mankins: 'Best off. guard out there'

FOXBORO -- Having successfully endured his own contract negotiation with the Patriots, Vince Wilfork showed some support for holdout Logan Mankins who, along with Derrick Burgess, did not report on the first day of training camp for veterans on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

 

"I've been there," Wilfork said. "It's tough for him. I miss him out here and I'll back him 110 percent. I think he's the best offensive guard out there. But business is business and you have to respect both sides. Business is business and you have to let business take care of itself." 

 

Wilfork agreed to a five-year, $40 million contract with $25 million in guaranteed money on March 5, the first day of free agency.

 

With wide receiver Wes Welker starting camp on the PUP list and not eligible to work out with the team, Mankins was the only veteran on offense not accounted for as head coach Bill Belichick...

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