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07/09/2010 - 6:14am
Report: Yanks 'all but certain' to land Lee

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are "all but certain" to land starter Cliff Lee from the Mariners after talks between the clubs progressed on Thursday night. The report said that the deal was not yet done, and that other teams (the Mets, Twins or Rangers) remain in talks with Seattle, but Sherman characterized the Yankees as being "on the brink" of acquiring the 2008 Cy Young Award winner, who is 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA for the Mariners this year.

 

The Yankees are in first place in the AL East, two games ahead of the Rays and 4.5 games ahead of the Red Sox. The team has allowed the second-fewest runs per game (4.1) in the American League. Lee, who leads the American League in ERA and complete games (5), would appear likely to help New York build upon that strength.

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07/09/2010 - 6:09am
Report: Yanks on verge of acquiring Lee

According to a report in the New York Post, the Yankees were "on the brink" of acquiring Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee late Thursday night. Lee, who is scheduled to pitch against the Yankees Friday night, is 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA this season, his first in Seattle. He beat New York twice in the World Series last year for the Phillies. The Yankees would part ways with highly regarded catching prospect Jesus Montero in an effort to bolster its pitching staff.


07/08/2010 - 11:35pm
Cavaliers owner Gilbert shreds James

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert ripped LeBron James for his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami Thursday night, calling his move a "cowardly betrayal" and a "shocking act of disloyalty."

 

In a letter posted on the Cavs website, Gilbert attacked James for his decision and personally guaranteed the Cavaliers will win a championship before the Heat and James, whom he calls "the self-titled former 'king.'" In addition, Gilbert called the process of James' free agency a "narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his 'decision' unlike anything ever 'witnessed' in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment."

 

In a later interview with The Associated Press, Gilbert claimed, "People have covered up for [James] for way too long. Tonight we...

07/08/2010 - 10:23pm
Lowrie: 'I'm an asset to [the Red Sox]'
By: Jay Asser

LOWELL -- Jed Lowrie, in the second game of his rehab assignment with the Lowell Spinners following a four-month period recovering from mononucleosis, went 1-for-2 with a walk and looked comfortable while playing shortstop. It was the first game in which Lowrie had played in the field during his rehab assignment.

 

Had Lowrie been healthy, he likely would have been a player of significance for the Red Sox, particularly given the injury to second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Instead, he is trying to work his way back into shape after having his season interrupted in the first week of spring training by his illness.

 

While Lowrie is aware of the rash of injuries that has afflicted the Sox, he also tried to define his value beyond that of a depth option when teammates get injured.

 

“I know that I’m an asset to that team no matter what the situation,” said Lowrie. “You never want to...

07/08/2010 - 10:11pm
Bruins, Stuart reach deal
By: DJ Bean

A source confirmed to WEEI.com Thursday night that an agreement between the Bruins and restricted free agent Mark Stuart is a "done deal." The contract is a one-year, $1.675 million pact, a raise from the $1.3 million he made the past two seasons. The Boston Globe was the first to report the story. 

 

Stuart chose against filing for arbitration because negotiations with the Bruins had been encouraging. Earlier in the day, the sides were "very close," as was told to WEEI.com. Stuart played in 56 games last season, battling a broken sternum in December and a finger injury sustained in late January. He totaled two goals, five assists and 80 penalty minutes in the campaign. A season earlier, he set a career high in points with 17.


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