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02/01/2011 - 2:57am
Hungry Red Sox brain trust takes stock of the winter

It has been an offseason in which the pendulum swung in dramatic fashion.

The Red Sox were left with an empty feeling at the end of the 2010 season. A once-promising club with grand postseason ambitions instead was left to disperse on the final day of the regular season. October baseball never made it to Fenway.

The start of the offseason engendered skepticism from the fan base. The Red Sox owners – in the form of the Fenway Sports Group – invested hundreds of millions of dollars in purchasing the Liverpool Football Club. A press release announcing that the soccer team would not divert resources from the Red Sox initially proved unconvincing, particularly when the Red Sox let catcher Victor Martinez depart via free agency – with a feeling that third baseman Adrian Beltre was not far behind.

As much as perhaps any time since the current Red Sox ownership group – now entering its 10th season in Boston – had...

02/01/2011 - 12:45am
Lucchino: Yankees still favorites

Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, asked his thoughts on Yankees GM Brian Cashman's recent suggestion that the Red Sox are the favorites in the AL East, tried to downplay the comment.

"Cashman is a very honest, forthright guy. But he's also not above playing games," Lucchino said. "They're always the favorites. C'mon. They're the New York Yankees. They're in the biggest market in the world. We're happy to be those guys that they worry about looking over their shoulder.

"If it were anybody but Cashman, I might say there's plenty of gamesmanship," Lucchino added. "In this case, he was saying something I hope he believes. I hope he has some respect for us. We have plenty of it for them."

The Red Sox have been praised widely for 'winning the winter' by acquiring Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, while the Yankees failed to land their prize target, Cliff Lee. But while Lucchino admitted that there...

01/31/2011 - 10:25pm
Epstein: No limits expected for Pedroia

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona suggested that they envision second baseman Dustin Pedroia -- who had a screw put in his foot in September to help heal a broken left foot -- being able to make a full recovery for the coming season. Pedroia recently told WEEI.com that he would modify some of his activities in order to reduce the strain on his foot, and he also admitted that he still sometimes has discomfort in the appendage, prompting some anxiety about his health going forward.

 

But Epstein said that while Pedroia will be paced in his return, his recovery is proceeding well, and he is not expected to be restricted for the season. The discomfort Pedroia encountered, Epstein said, was unrelated to the surgery.

 

"He went through a period where he was...

01/31/2011 - 9:55pm
Francona: Ortiz needs to play vs. lefties

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, prior to a Town Hall meeting between team executives and members of the public, said that even though David Ortiz has endured a significant dropoff in his offense in recent seasons against left-handed pitchers, he does not believe that he can simply sit the DH against southpaws. Ortiz hit .222 with a .275 OBP, .324 slugging mark and two homers in 185 at-bats against lefties. He hit .297/.416/.643 with 30 homers in 333 at-bats against right-handed pitchers.

 

"For David to be successful -- and I see his numbers against lefties, believe me, I do -- you can't just sit him because I don't know if he'd have as much success against righties. I know we believe that," said Francona. "I think there are times where it'll do him good to maybe give him a break against somebody he struggles with. That wasn't necessarily the case [last] April. He was struggling against everybody, and we were struggling...

01/31/2011 - 9:45pm
Jets' coach at center of 'TripGate' resigns

Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi resigned Monday, nearly two months after a well-publicized tripping incident along the New York sidelines. Alosi, who had been suspended without pay and fined $25,000 for the incident, was caught intentionally trying to trip Miami gunner Nolan Carroll as the Dolphins' player tried to make his way down the field on a play in the Dec. 12 Jets-Dolphins game.

“After speaking with Sal, he decided that it is best for him to tender his resignation at this time,” New York GM Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement released by the team. “We appreciate all of Sal’s contributions during his tenure with the team. He played an invaluable role in our success and established what we feel is one of the better strength and conditioning programs in the NFL.”

“I’m thankful to have been a part of the New York Jets,” Alosi said in the statement. “I am especially...

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