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03/04/2011 - 5:44pm
Gonzalez takes another step forward

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez continued to ramp up his workload, taking 80 swings in a batting cage on Friday, including some against batting practice pitching. It marked the first time that Gonzalez had progressed forward from tee work and flips this spring, and also represented a slight bump over his scheduled 75-swing session.


"If at any point I feel anything, I'm going to stop," Gonzalez told reporters. "The fact that I didn't feel anything and [trainer] Mike [Reinold] was okay with me taking five more [swings than scheduled, that's a good sign."


Gonzalez is treating his rehab progression in his recovery from shoulder surgery last October as a day-to-day affair. As such, he has not targeted a specific date for getting into a game.


"I don't like to set deadlines," Gonzalez told reporters. "I don't like to think of a day and say, 'This day I have to get...

03/04/2011 - 5:17pm
Sox, Rays explored Crawford/V-Mart swap

According to, which cited a baseball source familiar with the proposed deal, the Red Sox and Rays discussed a blockbuster prior to the 2010 season that would have sent left fielder Carl Crawford to Boston in exchange for catcher Victor Martinez. According to the report, both sides were willing to discuss the intradivision All-Star swap, but the Rays were unable to make the secondary moves needed to allow them to proceed with the deal of players entering the final year of long-term deals before reaching free agency.


Martinez hit .302 with a .351 OBP, .493 slugging mark, .844 OPS and 20 homers in his walk year before signing a four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers this offseason. Crawford, meanwhile, hit .307/.356/.495/.851 with 19 homers and 47 steals for the Rays before signing his seven-year, $142...

03/04/2011 - 3:32pm
Papelbon: '50-50' on return to Sox in 2011

Closer Jonathan Papelbon said Friday that the probability he will return to the Red Sox next season is "50-50" and "a tossup."


During an interview with Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Papelbon said he's excited with how well spring training has gone so far. "I'll tell you what — the ball is coming out of my hand this spring so far better than it ever has in any other spring training," he said.


Papelbon, who also discussed his contract situation during an interview with the Dennis & Callahan show last month, acknowledged that last season was not good enough for his liking.


"Obviously for...

03/04/2011 - 3:23pm
Beckett throws 40-pitch simulated outing

Josh Beckett, who was scratched from his scheduled spring training start on Thursday after having suffered a mild concussion earlier in the week, threw 40 pitches in a simulated three-inning outing in Fort Myers on Friday. Beckett told reporters that he "felt good" and mixed in all his pitches while throwing to right- and left-handed minor leaguers. He felt that the 40-pitch workload, coupled with the up-and-down of simulated innings, served as a meaningful buildup of arm strength, and he said that he anticipates making a Grapefruit League start on Tuesday in a split-squad game against the Astros.


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03/04/2011 - 3:04pm
NFL players, owners reach 7-day extension

The NFL owners and players have agreed on a seven-day extension in the talks for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The two sides, who are working to avoid the first work stoppage in NFL history since 1987, were initially facing a Thursday midnight deadline, but they agreed that afternoon to a 24-hour extension. Now, both sides have extended that again until next Friday. According to reports, both sides will take the weekend off and get back to talking in Washington, D.C. on Monday. For more football information, check out

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