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07/27/2011 - 8:53pm
Big Papi smashes 10th career slam

David Ortiz crushed a Bruce Chen pitch over the bullpens in right field for his 10th career grand slam in a five-run fourth inning as the Red Sox slugger matched Rico Petrocelli for second place on the club's all-time grand slam list with nine. Ortiz also had a bases-loaded homer in his time with the Twins. Ted Williams holds the all-time club record with 17. 

With the four RBIs, Ortiz reached another Red Sox milestone as he reached the 1,000 RBI plateau with the team. Ortiz had 238 RBIs with the Twins between 1997 and 2002.  

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


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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