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07/30/2012 - 4:49pm
Source: Beckett-to-Rangers deal dead
By: DJ Bean

According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, citing a major league source, the proposed deal that would send Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett to the Rangers is dead. Bradford tweeted the following on Monday afternoon:

"Source: Beckett to Rangers not happening. Deal is currently dead."

Beckett had recently been linked to the Rangers and Braves in trade rumors, but WEEI.com reported Monday that the Braves were not in the mix for the 32-year-old.

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07/30/2012 - 3:58pm
Beckett: 'I've got nothing' for media
By: DJ Bean

The subject of recent trade talks, Josh Beckett politely declined media inquiries about trade speculation prior to Monday's game, telling reporters, "I've got nothing for you guys."

The right-hander's name has been mentioned in trade rumors recently, with the Rangers and Braves among the teams linked to the two-time World Series champion.

Beckett, 32, has is 5-9 this season with a 4.57 earned run average. He has two years remaining on his contract after this season.

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07/30/2012 - 3:22pm
Ross out as Sox host Tigers
By: DJ Bean

Cody Ross is out as the Red Sox host the Tigers at Fenway Park Monday. Ross had batted fifth and played either right field or DH in Boston's previous 10 games.

With Ross out, Ryan Sweeney is in right field Monday and Jarrod Saltalamacchia is at DH.

The Sox' lineup is as follows:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
8. Kelly Shoppach, C
9. Pedro Ciriaco, SS
SP -- Clay Buchholz

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07/30/2012 - 11:56am
Titans WR Murdock dead in apparent suicide

Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock was found shot dead in his car Monday morning next to the Tampa high school he graduated from, and police said it appears to be a suicide. Murdock, 25, was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. and taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m.

Murdock, an undrafted free agent from Fort Hays State (after transferring from South Carolina), signed with the Titans last year but sat out the season with an Achilles injury. He did not report to the team's training camp last week, and coach Mike Munchak said Murdock was excused for "personal reasons."

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock's death this morning," the Titans said in a statement Monday. "In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J...

07/30/2012 - 11:19am
Source: Braves not in on Beckett

According to a major league source, the Braves are not a viable landing spot for Josh Beckett right now. Even if the Red Sox picked up a significant amount of the right-hander's deal, Atlanta is not in position to assume the financial obligation that would come with the right-hander, who is still owed approximately $37 million over the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2014.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported that the Red Sox called the Braves to gauge their interest in acquiring Beckett. Atlanta responded by asking the Sox whether Jon Lester was available, but was informed that the Sox do not have any intention of dealing the left-hander before Tuesday's trade deadline.

The Braves are looking at starting pitching help, as evidenced by their agreement with the Cubs last week on a deal for Ryan Dempster -- a trade that...

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