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07/27/2011 - 7:59pm
Patriots make rookie signings official

The Patriots announced the signing of two draft picks and 12 rookie free agents on Wednesday night. In addition, the Patriots announced that wide receiver Tyree Barnes and running back Eric Kettani have been reinstated from the reserve military list, while the signings of fifth-round pick Lee Smith and linebacker Markell Carter were also confirmed by the club.

The following rookies were signed as free agents: OL Mike Berry (Auburn), LB/LS Ryan Coulson (Nevada), OL Kyle Hix (Texas), K Chris Koepplin (Massachusetts), DE Aaron Lavarias (Idaho), LB Anthony Leonard (West Virginia), DE Clay Nurse (Illinois), WR Jeremy Ross (California), DE Alex Silvestro (Rutgers), LB Jeff Tarpinian (Iowa), OL Corey Woods (Akron) and TE Will Yeatman (Maryland).

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


07/27/2011 - 7:40pm
Pedroia extends hit streak to 24 with HR

Dustin Pedroia entered the Red Sox record books in style Wednesday night when he followed Jacoby Ellsbury's leadoff homer with one of his own over the Green Monster, extending his career-high hitting streak to 24 games. In his previous plate appearance on Tuesday night, Pedroia just missed a home run - which would have completed the cycle - when he flew out the base of the Monster against Mitch Maier, an outfielder who was pitching the eighth for the Royals. 

The 24 games is a new Red Sox record for second basemen. It also marked the first time the Red Sox had their first two batters of a game homer since Troy O'Leary and John Valentin on July 21, 1995 against the Twins. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the Full Count blog. 


07/27/2011 - 7:14pm
Report: Patriots settle with fifth-round pick

The Patriots reportedly reached an agreement on a contract Wednesday with tight end Lee Smith, a fifth-round pick out of Marshall. The 6-foot-6, 266-pounder with the 159th overall pick in the draft, and is the second pick to agree to a deal on Wednesday. (Sixth-round selection Markell Carter reached an agreement earlier in the day on a four-year deal.) According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com — who quotes a league source — Smith received a $171,480 signing bonus. For more Patriots information, check out weei.com/patriots.


07/27/2011 - 5:28pm
Lowrie: Rehab assignment next step

After being placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder on June 17, shortstop Jed Lowrie took batting practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury.

"It feels good, it feels strong," Lowrie said, speaking in the clubhouse prior to Wednesday's game with the Royals. "It starts to fatigue [when I swing the bat], but I think that is normal. That's been a constant feeling throughout because I continue to push it everyday. If I don't get that feeling then I feel like I didn't put enough work in that day. I want to push it to the point where it starts to fatigue, and find the line but not cross it."

"It's day by day," he added. "That is the approach we took from the beginning, and it has worked, so until I am back out there that is what we're going to do."

Lowrie went from hitting off of a tee, to taking soft toss, to now taking live batting practice.

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07/27/2011 - 5:11pm
Buchholz to see specialist before moving on

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's game with the Kansas City Royals that pitcher Clay Buchholz -- who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his back -- is slated to see a back specialist in the coming days before moving forward with his throwing program. It would be the third specialist Buchholz has conferred with, with Dr. Craig Brigham performing the most recent exam. It is unclear whether Brigham will be the doctor Buchholz will see next.

"We want Buck to see one more specialist Friday, Monday-ish before we completely turn him loose just because he's starting to get aggressive. We just want to make sure this kid is OK," Francona said. "We just want to make sure we're not doing something wrong. He had a good day yesterday. He had a really good day."

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