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08/01/2011 - 9:28am
Duquette: Bedard doesn't want spotlight

Former major league executive Jim Duquette, now an analyst for MLB Network, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Red Sox' acquisition of Erik Bedard.

Duquette, who was vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles from 2006-08 and was part of the front office that traded Bedard to Seattle, made some comments over the weekend questioning Bedard's reliability.

"When he's pitching, he's one of the top pitchers in the game," Duquette told D&C. "The problem has been his health."

Duquette, the cousin of former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, said Bedard does not fit into the mold of a leader for a pitching staff, in large part because he doesn't like to deal with the media.

"If you're expecting him to be your No. 1 or No. 2 starter, he's not the guy," Duquette said. "He doesn't want to be that guy. I said this the other day: He doesn't want to be in the...

08/01/2011 - 7:50am
Mashup: Kobe considers deal in China?

Kobe Bryant reportedly is unhappy that a Turkish team is making public its negotiations with him, and he is more likely to sign a deal to play in China during the NBA lockout. However, in response to interest from NBA players, the Chinese Basketball Association is said to be planning to institute two rules that would limit an influx of Americans. Meanwhile, Bryant participated in a celebrity soccer game in Washington hosted by Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra over the weekend, and we've got video.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out additional videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


08/01/2011 - 6:58am
Buchholz reportedly has stress fracture

One day after the Red Sox completed a deal for pitcher Erik Bedard, a report has come out that Clay Buchholz has a stress fracture in his lower back and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Buchholz, who has been out since June 15, is scheduled to meet with back specialist Dr. Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles on Monday. According to CSNNE's Sean McAdam, Watkins is expected to confirm a previous diagnosis of the stress fracture.

Buchholz last tested the back a week ago, throwing off the mound in the Fenway Park bullpen. Afterward, he reported feeling "a little soreness" that felt better after a couple of stretches. When additional soreness occurred the next day, he had an MRI that reportedly revealed the stress fracture.

A source told WEEI.com's Alex Speier last week that the team was fearful the...

07/31/2011 - 10:43pm
Report: Light agrees to new deal with Pats

Left tackle Matt Light has agreed to a two-year contract with the Patriots, according to Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe. The 33-year-old Light, who was selected in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Patriots, has spent his entire 10-year career with New England, and has been a part of three Super Bowl champions.

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


07/31/2011 - 9:07pm
Theo: No change to rotation likely yet

CHICAGO -- With the acquisition of Erik Bedard, the Red Sox suddenly feature a surplus of starters on their roster. The 32-year-old left-hander, who will likely join his new club in Boston on Monday, will be added to the quintet of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Tim Wakefield and Andrew Miller.

The Sox have yet to decide what Bedard's arrival will mean for the rotation over the longer haul. For the short term, however, the Sox are halfway through a stretch of 20 games in as many days. That being the case, the Sox may insert Bedard into the rotation as a sixth starter for the short term.

"We do have a good idea of when he’s pitching. But because we all haven’t had a chance to discuss it among ourselves, I don’t want to say anything publicly," Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. "I’ll let [manager Terry Francona] talk about the rotation. From talking to Tito about it, I think we’re of the same...

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