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05/10/2011 - 5:46pm
Wake won't rule out playing for another team

TORONTO -- Tim Wakefield, who will become the oldest player in Red Sox history to participate in a game with the next pitch he throws, talked Tuesday night about the chance he might play for another organization.

"It depends on the situation. I wouldn't rule it out," he said prior to the Sox' game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. "I want to retire a Red Sox, but I'm not going to rule that out."

Wakefield explained that the motivation of playing for another club wouldn't be driven by the desire to win 200 games (he is at 193).

"No, I wouldn't play for personal reasons," he said. "The situation's got to be right. I wouldn't like to go to Seattle and move my family out West or something crazy like that. It would have to be the right situation."

Asked if playing in his home state of Florida with the Marlins might be an option, Wakefield said: "You never know. There or Tampa, in the dome...

05/10/2011 - 4:18pm
Jack Edwards signs extension with NESN

NESN announced that it has reached a multiyear extension with Jack Edwards. Edwards has been the play-by-play man for the network's coverage of the Bruins since 2005.

“For the past six years, Jack has been an energetic and important part of NESN’s Bruins hockey coverage,” Sean McGrail, NESN President and CEO, said in the press release announcing the agreement. “We are very happy to extend his contract, and look forward to his passionate presence in the broadcast booth for years to come.”

Edwards added in the statement: “Who has more fun than us? To work with Brick [Andy Brickley], Naoko [Funayama], and our NESN production crew is to live the dream. We feed off the energy and passion of Bruins fans across New England and hockey fans all over the world. We love our work and we love working together. To be part of that, to share the space with people who pour so much of their time and effort into covering...

05/10/2011 - 3:31pm
Brady, Shaq on Forbes' Top 10 'influential' list

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the second-most influential athlete in America, according to Forbes. Brady, who trailed only NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson, is one of four football players to crack the Top 10: Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu is sixth overall, Indianapolis' Peyton Manning is seventh and Denver's Tim Tebow is 10th. In addition, Brady is one of two New England athletes on the list — Shaquille O'Neal is ranked fourth overall. For more Patriots information, check out weei.com/patriots.
 


05/10/2011 - 2:49pm
Sox to skip Daisuke vs. Yankees

The Red Sox will shuffle their rotation for the upcoming weekend series in New York, sending Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester to the mound (in that order) for the three-game set. That means that Daisuke Matsuzaka -- who had been slotted between Buchholz and Beckett in the past turn of the rotation -- will be bumped back to next Monday against the Orioles, when he will be pitching on seven days of rest. The move has the effect of separating Beckett and Matsuzaka in the rotation so that, assuming that Jason Varitek continues to catch both, he will not have to catch on back-to-back days.

The Yankees will feature Bartolo Colon, CC Sabathia and Freddy Garcia in the series, which will take place at Yankee Stadium.

For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


05/10/2011 - 2:05pm
Ellsbury looks to extend hit streak to 19

TORONTO -- Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has served as the leadoff hitter for each of the last 17 games, and has gotten at least one hit in each of them. The 27-year-old will look to extend his hitting streak to 19 games on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays and starter Kyle Drabek (2-2, 4.50). He has already achieved rare company in Red Sox history with his current run -- for more on that, visit the Full Count blog.

The Red Sox are settling into a fairly consistent lineup structure, with the only notable development being the continued pairing of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Sox starter Jon Lester (4-1, 2.33). Carl Crawford, one night after his walkoff double, remains in the eighth spot in the lineup.

For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

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