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04/22/2010 - 10:26pm
Patriots take Rutgers CB Devin McCourty

With the 27th overall pick in Thursday's NFL Draft, the Patriots have selected Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty. Known as a premier kick returner, the 5-foot-11, 193-pound McCourty had six interceptions in three seasons at cornerback with the Scarlet Knights. For more Patriots updates, check out It Is What It Is.


04/22/2010 - 10:12pm
Buchholz solid, but Sox still lose

The Red Sox dropped their series finale with the Rangers, 3-0, Thursday at Fenway Park. C.J. Wilson got the win for Texas, holding the Sox to four hits and no runs over 6-2/3 innings. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz took the loss despite notching a career-high 10 strikeouts. The Sox hurler allowed three runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings. Victor Martinez had two of the Sox' six hits.


04/22/2010 - 10:01pm
Patriots trading down in first round

The Patriots have traded down twice in the first round of Thursday night's draft, making a deal with the Broncos to move from the 22nd overall pick to the 24th overall selection. They then traded down again — this time with the Cowboys — for the 27th overall pick. They currently hold the No. 27 overall selection in the NFL Draft, as well as four other picks in the top 90. For more Patriots updates, check out It Is What It Is.
 


04/22/2010 - 7:38pm
Gill: Ellsbury treatment will not change

Dr. Thomas Gill, medical director of the Red Sox, spoke to the media Thursday night to discuss the injury to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.Originally thought to have bruised ribs, a CT scan taken Thursday showed a hairline fracture in four of Ellsbury's left ribs. 

 

Gill told the media that the treatment for Ellsbury will not change despite the development, and later gave his best guess as when Ellsbury may return to the lineup.

 

"As soon as he can swing, hit, run, catch, do everything he needs to do," said Gill. "Sometimes it can be a week, sometimes it can be a couple of weeks. From a medical standpoint, he'll be safe to play as soon as his symptoms are resolved."

 

Ellsbury, who was injured during a collision with Adrian Beltre on April 11, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday.

 


04/22/2010 - 7:14pm
Sources: Wakefield headed to bullpen

According to sources familiar with the situation, the Red Sox enter Thursday night's game against planning to send Tim Wakefield to the bullpen when Daisuke Matsuzaka returns to the Red Sox' starting rotation. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before his team's series finale against the Rangers that Matsuzaka would be making his next start for the Red Sox after pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox in his last three appearances while on a rehab assignment. Francona, however, would not disclose when Matsuzaka would be making his first start this season with the Sox, saying the team still had to speak to all the parties involved.

 

Wakefield last pitched out of the bullpen in the 2004 American League Championship Series, earning the win in Game 5 against the Yankees after pitching three scoreless innings. For his career the 43-year-old has made 141 regular season appearances, going 10-13 with a 3.75 ERA and 22 saves. The knuckleballer served as...

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