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08/25/2010 - 5:44pm
Report: Gostkowski gets extension
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have reached a contract extension with kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Boston Herald is reporting it's a four-year deal worth nearly $14 million that will begin in the 2011 season.

 

Gostkowski was drafted by the Patriots out of Memphis in the fourth round of the 2006 draft after Adam Vinatieri departed via free agency. He has been the starter ever since, as a competition at the kicker spot with Martin Gramatica was short-lived in the Gostkowski's first preseason. 

 

Gostkowski was an All-Pro an Pro Bowler in 2008. Last season, he made 26 field goals, including two of three from 50 yards or more. 


08/25/2010 - 5:34pm
Papelbon, West have disagreement

Umpiring crew chief Joe West approached Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of the ninth inning to tell the Red Sox closer to speed up his work on the mound. Papelbon was amidst a scoreless ninth inning that secured a 5-3 victory for the Sox, earning his 32nd save of the year.

 

West pointed to his left wrist, indicating a desire for Papelbon to work faster, as he approached the pitcher. Papelbon somewhat defiantly cleaned his spikes on the mound after hearing from the umpire. The pitching mound at Fenway was damp for much of the game as a result of the steady drizzle during the game, and several pitchers had to clean their spikes, though only Papelbon was warned by West.

 

After the game, Papelbon suggested that West's instructions were misdirected.

 

"For me and my safety, staying healthy is priority over anything," Papelbon said. "The mound got beat up for nine innings with rain, so I’...

08/25/2010 - 5:21pm
Goodell: We'll propose 18-game season

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league is going to propose an 18-game regular season schedule to the players’ union as part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Speaking at a press conference at an owner’s meeting in Atlanta, Goodell said the support for what backers are calling an enhanced season was “overwhelming.”

“We think we’ve moved this concept along,” Goodell told reporters at a news conference following the one-day owners’ meeting, who said the league is hoping to introduce the 18-game season in 2012. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum for it. We think it’s the right step to take. But we want to do that with our partners, including the players.”

Goodell said owners see two more regular-season games — and two fewer preseason games — as a way to enhance revenues. But while owners appear solidly behind the plan,...

08/25/2010 - 4:55pm
Report: Downs, Frasor on waivers
By: DJ Bean

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, relievers Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg and Jason Frasor were among five Blue Jays placed on waivers Wednesday. The Red Sox had expressed interest in Downs at the non-waiver deadline but were scared off by Toronto's asking price.

 

Downs, 34, has posted a 2.32 ERA with 21 holds this season. Gregg, meanwhile, has converted 28 saves in 32 opportunities while compiling 50 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA in 46 1/3 innings. In 48 innings, Frasor has posted a 4.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. 


08/25/2010 - 4:25pm
Game 2 lineup: Lester scratched
By: DJ Bean

After taking the first game of Wednesday's day/night doubleheader with the Mariners, the Red Sox will send Tim Wakefield, and not Jon Lester, to the mound for the night cap. Wakefield hasn't started a game since July 20, when he gave up three earned runs over six innings in Oakland. Lester was moved to Friday because scheduled starter Daisuke Matsuzaka is experiencing back soreness.

 

Kevin Cash, activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, will get the start behind the played while Jed Lowrie will play second base and bat seventh. 

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. J.D. Drew, RF

3. Victor Martinez, 1B

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. Daniel Nava, LF

7. Jed Lowrie, 2B

8. Ryan Kalish, CF

9. Kevin Cash, C

SP -- Tim Wakefield

 


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