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07/23/2012 - 11:16pm
Sox pounded by Rangers, sink below .500

The all-or-nothing Red Sox offense was shut down by right-hander Scott Feldman and the Texas Rangers on Monday night, as the Sox dropped their fourth straight contest, this one by a 9-1 count. As a result, the team fell back below .500 for the first time since June 16.

The Sox took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a Feldman changeup for a colossal homer to deep right-center. But the advantage proved short-lived as the Rangers posted four runs in the bottom of the third against Sox starter Felix Doubront.

Though Doubront kept the Rangers unbalanced for much of the game, Texas' rally was fueled by a frustrating three-batter sequence for the left-hander to start the inning. An infield single to short by the speedy Craig Gentry was followed by a walk to Ian Kinsler, with the runners executing a double steal to advance to second and third. Shortstop Elvis Andrus then fouled off three straight 1-2...

07/23/2012 - 7:13pm
Patriots place six on active/PUP list

Multiple reports indicate the Patriots have placed six players on the active/physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp: Tight ends Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells; offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer; linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive lineman Myron Pryor.

That group joins rookie wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, who was placed on active/PUP last week after failing his physical. Players on the active/PUP can be removed from the list at any time.

One interesting name not on the list was tight end Rob Gronkowski, who underwent ankle surgery after the Super Bowl loss to the Giants. Gronkowski was sidelined throughout the spring camps in the wake of the surgery, but appears to be good to go for the start of training camp later this week.

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07/23/2012 - 6:53pm
Ichiro Suzuki traded to Yankees

The Yankees have traded for Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in exchange for right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. New York will also receive cash.

The 38-year-old Suzuki is hitting .261 with a .288 on-base percentage and .353 slugging percentage. He had '10-5' rights (10 seasons in the major leagues and five with the same team), allowing for a chance to veto the trade, but according to the report Suzuki accepted the deal.

Suzuki has spent the entirety of his 12-year major league career with the Mariners, winning 10 Gold Gloves, two batting titles and one American MVP award (2001). He is in the final season of a five-year, $90 million contract, which pays him $17 million this year.

Mitchell, 25, appeared in just four games with the Yankees, but compiled a 3.81 ERA in 85 2/3 career Triple-...

07/23/2012 - 6:04pm
No DL, but Lester could be skipped

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Arlington, Texas, prior to his team's contest against the Rangers, that he saw no reason to place left-hander Jon Lester on the disabled list after he was pounded for a career-high 11 runs in four-plus innings on Sunday.

"He’s not hurt, that’s for sure. He says he feels fine," Valentine told reporters on Monday.

Even so, the manager left open the possibility that Lester could be skipped in his next scheduled turn in the rotation if he feels that would be helpful in getting back on the right track. Valentine said that he was did not expect such a measure. ("I don't think so. Maybe, [but] I don’t think so," he told reporters about the possibility of being skipped.) Even so, he suggested that he would talk to the pitcher in order to figure out how best to proceed amidst the worst stretch of his career.

"It’s not anything that has to get...

07/23/2012 - 5:31pm
B's give Julien multi-year extension
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins have signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. 

Julien, the 28th coach in team history, has been with the team since 2007 and carries a record of 228-132-50 with the B's, good for a .617 win percentage. He led Boston to its first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years in the 2010-11 season. 

The Bruins will hold a press conference Tuesday at noon to announce the signing.

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