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11/17/2010 - 9:33pm
Brady 'doing well' after missing practice

FOXBORO — Despite the fact that he missed practice Wednesday because of injury, quarterback Tom Brady expressed confidence that he’ll be good to go for this Sunday’s game against the Colts at Gillette Stadium.

After he missed his second consecutive Wednesday practice with what was described on the injury report as “right shoulder/foot,” Brady spoke to reporters on a national conference call. He was asked, “You were not seen in the media portion of practice today. Can you talk about how you’ve been doing lately and how you’re feeling?”

“I’m doing well. I’m doing well,” Brady responded. “I’m looking forward to the game this weekend.”

Brady missed practice last Wednesday and was limited in the days leading up to the Sunday night game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh because of the same reported injury. In that contest, he...

11/17/2010 - 8:34pm
Russell to receive Medal of Freedom

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the 2010 Medal of Freedom. It is the nation's highest civilian honor and is, according to the White House press release, "presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

 

One of the 2010 recipients is Celtics legend Bill Russell. Here is the official White House announcement:

 

Bill Russell is the former Boston Celtics’ Captain who almost single-handedly redefined the game of basketball. Russell led the Celtics to a virtually unparalleled string of eleven championships in thirteen years and was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player five times. The first African American to coach in the NBA—indeed he was the first to coach a major sport at the professional...

11/17/2010 - 6:52pm
Source: Upton interests Sox, nothing close

According to a major league source, there is "nothing even close" in talks between the Red Sox and Diamondbacks regarding a potential trade to send 23-year-old outfielder Justin Upton from Arizona to Boston.

 

The Diamondbacks have made it known that they are open to listening to proposals on any player, including the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft. While Upton is viewed as a potential cornerstone player, Arizona may try to use him to accelerate its rebuiliding process by procuring a wealth of talented young players. The Red Sox, according to the source, have "interest" in acquiring Upton, who hit .273 with a .356 OBP, .443 slugging mark, .799 OPS, 17 homers and 18 steals for Arizona in 133 games last year, a season in which he missed most of the final month due to a labrum strain in his shoulder.

 

For more on the Upton situation,...

11/17/2010 - 6:48pm
Werner: Sox want Ortiz beyond 2011

While the Red Sox ended up exercising a $12.5 million option for the 2011 season rather than signing David Ortiz to a multi-year extension, team chairman Tom Werner told The Big Show that the team would still like to retain the designated hitter beyond the coming season.

 

"We had a number of conversations with David. We told him how important it was that he remained with the Red Sox. ... He’s a remarkable individual. We needed him on the team this year," said Werner. "We hope that at the end of this year we’ll make a new deal with David. ... I’m hoping he’s comfortable with [the decision to exercise the option]. It was very important for us that he did come back."

 

Ortiz had said repeatedly throughout the year and again in the offseason that he wanted a multi-year deal rather than to come back for 2011 with his long-term future uncertain. But the DH told ESPN.com on...

11/17/2010 - 6:11pm
Epstein: Lowrie in the mix at third

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Speaking to the Boston media at the general managers' meetings Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein reiterated that Jed Lowrie is an option to serve as the Sox's starting third baseman if their first choice, free agent Adrian Beltre, signs elsewhere.

 

"Oh yeah," said Epstein when asked if Lowrie was being considered to start at third in 2011. "I think we're looking at Beltre as our first choice at third, [Kevin] Youkilis as a soild option if there's a first baseman that fits for us, and Lowrie fits in the category as one of the not fully proven younger players that we really like and that we can build value and we're going to count on at position or another or two going forward."

 

Epstein said that Lowrie impressed the organization during his brief stints playing third. According to Baseball-Reference.com, the 26-year-old has played 50 major league games at the...

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