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04/16/2012 - 3:49pm
NFL schedule to be released Tuesday

The NFL has announced that the 2012 regular-season schedule will be released Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the NFL Network and NFL.com.

Along with their usual dates against AFC East foes in 2012, the Patriots will play one game against each of the AFC South and NFC West teams. They also play the first-place teams of the AFC West (Denver) and the AFC North (Baltimore).

The Patriots home opponents for 2012 are: Buffalo, New York Jets, Miami, San Francisco, Houston, Denver, Arizona and Indianapolis. The road opponents are: Buffalo, New York Jets, Miami, Baltimore, Seattle, Jacksonville, Tennessee and St. Louis (scheduled to be played in London).

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04/16/2012 - 3:36pm
No surgery expected for Ellsbury

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that the team believes that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be able to recover from his right shoulder subluxation through a program of rest and rehabilitation. To this point, the Sox do not expect that he will need surgery that would likely prove season-ending.

"At this point I believe he can recover from this without surgery, but we're still gathering information," Cherington said.

Ellsbury suffered the injury on Friday when Rays shortstop Reid Brignac landed on the center fielder's right shoulder after his legs were taken out on a double play pivot.

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04/16/2012 - 3:30pm
Cherington: 'We'll move forward' from spat

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that after conversations between himself, Kevin Youkilis and Bobby Valentine, he believed that any misunderstandings about the manager's feelings about his third baseman had been cleared up. The controversy about Valentine's suggestion that Youkilis was not "as physically and emotionally into the game as he had been in the past for some reason," Cherington suggested, had been resolved. 

"I think what needs to be said has been said, so we’ll move forward," said Cherington. "I don’t think his intent was to criticize Kevin. That’s the way it came across in print. ... I think he [meant], ‘I didn’t see the same player on the field that we’d all seen in the past,’ so he acknowledged that the way he expressed that was not the best way to express it. He said the same thing to Kevin, he apologized and had  a chance to explain...

04/16/2012 - 3:22pm
Ross: Vanover called strikes 'unacceptable'

Cody Ross took five pitches from Rays closer Fernando Rodney in his final at-bat of the day on Monday. The last two were called strikes as Ross struck out looking to end the game, helping the Rays hang on for a 1-0 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. But TV replays showed all three called strikes by home plate umpire Larry Vanover were well outside. After the final one that came with the tying and winning runs on base, Ross slammed his bat and helmet to the ground and had words with Vanover, who approached Ross before leaving the field. 

"It's tough because I'm up there battling my butt off, trying to get something going right there in a late situation," Ross said. "For me, it's unacceptable. I'm bearing down, our whole team is bearing down. Everybody on the field should be bearing down.

"We've been playing this game for so long that you recognize pitches early, and you see them out of the hand and you say, 'that's a ball...

04/16/2012 - 2:34pm
Pedroia talks to Bobby V: 'Everything's fine'

Dustin Pedroia has become the leader in the Red Sox clubhouse and on Monday, he and new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine went about trying to repair the damage from Valentine's public criticism of Kevin Youkilis during an interview Sunday on WHDH-TV. 

"Everything's fine," Pedroia said after Monday's 1-0 loss to the Rays. "We talked about it and we're good."

Before the game, Pedroia said Valentine "will learn" that calling out players publicly is not how "stuff is done" in Boston. After his meeting with the Valentine, and after the game, Pedroia was asked if he thought Valentine might have learned his lesson. 

"I'm not sure," Pedroia said. "You have to ask him. I can't speak for Bobby.

"It's between me and him, man. I'm not going to sit here and talk about what me and Bobby talked about. We're all grown men and everybody involved in this organization and this team. We...

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