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01/21/2011 - 9:27pm
Report: Rays sign both Damon, Manny

According to, the Rays have agreed to contracts with both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez on one-year deals. The report states the deals are pending physicals. Damon's deal would be worth $5.25 million, plus a potential $750,000 in bonus money based on attendance, while Ramirez will be making $2 million.


The 37-year-old Damon appeared in 145 games with Detroit in 2010, hitting .271 with eight homers and 11 stolen bases, totaling a .355 on-base percentage. Ramirez, 38, appeared in a combined 90 games with both the Dodgers and White Sox in '10, hitting .298 with nine home runs and finished with an OPS of .870.


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01/21/2011 - 4:33pm
Report: Sox explored dealing Papelbon

According to, the Red Sox talked to the A's and White Sox about the possibility of dealing closer Jonathan Papelbon and signing Rafael Soriano to a one-year deal to serve as their closer. But Soriano ended up signing a three-year, $35 million deal to pitch for the Yankees, and Papelbon ended up agreeing to a one-year, $12 million deal as he enters his final season with the Red Sox before reaching free agency.


"The Red Sox showed interest in Soriano, and appeared willing to do a one-year deal for him to be their closer. Had that happened, Boston would have found a new home for Papelbon, probably Oakland or the White Sox," according to the report. "The Red Sox were unable to trade Papelbon because teams saw a high number like [his $12 million agreement] on the horizon."

The Sox had also made...

01/21/2011 - 3:36pm
Thomas to start for B's vs. Avalanche
By: DJ Bean

Tim Thomas led the Bruins onto the ice at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, meaning he will be between the pipes for the team's bout with the Avalanche. Thomas last started on Tuesday, making a season-high 43 saves in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.


On the season, Thomas is 22-4-6 with a league-best 1.83 goals against average, .945 save percentage, and seven shutouts.


Facing Colorado also means seeing Matt Hunwick, whom the Bruins traded to the Avalanche on Nov. 29 in exchange for Colby Cohen. The defenseman was a victim of the team's salary cap spot as they prepared for the return of Marc Savard.


In 22 games with the Bruins this season, Hunwick had three points (1 G, 2 A) and a plus-4. In 23 games with the Avalanche, he has three assists and is a minus-9. 


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01/21/2011 - 1:57pm
King on D&H: Pats need big receiver

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the NFL playoffs.


King said in the days before the Jets knocked off the Patriots, Rex Ryan went to his staff and defensive team leaders and asked them for suggestions on how to stop the Patriots offense. Explained King: "He said, 'Listen, if you've got some ideas, give them to us. We're looking to do new things to try to confuse the Patriots.' And I think what they ended up doing was basically fairly consistently putting [Antonio] Cromartie and [Darrelle] Revis alone with whoever the Patriots put outside. It wouldn't have mattered whether it was [Wes] Welker, it wouldn't have mattered whether it was Deion Branch — I guess most often it was probably Deion Branch and [Brandon] Tate.


"And they said we're not going to concentrate — I'm not saying we never will — but we...

01/21/2011 - 1:29pm
Lowrie: 'In my mind, I'm an everyday player'


Speaking prior to the 72nd annual awards dinner for the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie said the Red Sox haven't spoken to him about his specific role heading into spring training, but that the 26-year-old is entering camp with the idea that he is more than just a part-time player.


"In my mind, I'm an everyday player," he said. "In the last two years, if I've learned anything it's to be prepared and be prepared to perform, and then everything will take care of itself. I've won the job [in spring training of 2009] and then needed surgery. I've had so many questions over the last two years, I'm just going to be prepared.


"I haven't really talked to them about [a role], but I'm going to prepare myself to be the everyday player I know I am."


Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Thursday that he expects Marco...

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