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12/16/2009 - 4:38pm
Sources: Gonzalez deal unlikely

Multiple major league sources suggest that rumors of progress in talks between the Red Sox and Padres about a deal involving San Diego slugger Adrian Gonzalez have been dramatically overstated. One source said that there was nothing to the idea that trade talks are heating up.

 

The Sox, naturally, plan to monitor Gonzalez' availability this offseason. But as of now, there's a sizable gap between what the Padres would seek and what the Sox would offer for the All-Star first baseman. As such, if there is a deal to be made, there could be a greater likelihood of getting a deal done during the season -- as the Sox have managed to do for Jason Bay and Victor Martinez in the past two years -- than during the offseason.

 

For more, visit the Full Count blog.


12/16/2009 - 3:52pm
Brady: No win, no playoff hopes

 

FOXBORO  --  Tom Brady made it clear on Wednesday that if the Patriots can't travel to Western New York this week and come home with a win against the 5-8 Bills, then they shouldn't be planning for January. "This is a big part of the season for us," Brady said. "[We] can’t afford to lose this game and expect to make the playoffs, so we’ve got to play well. We’ve got a tough opponent – one that puts pressure on you in a bunch of different ways. Offensively, they really do some things that are going to challenge our defense." The Patriots squeaked by the Bills, 25-24, in the season opener on Sept. 14. The Patriots are 0-5 in road games not played in London. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is

 


12/16/2009 - 3:25pm
Lackey on D&H: 'I'll fit in well'

New Red Sox pitcher John Lackey made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday afternoon for some follow-up questions after his Fenway Park press conference. Lackey said he isn't concerned if he's listed as the team's No. 1 starter. "Whoever goes first in the first game of the season is not a big deal to me," he said. "I just want to make my 30-something starts and get this team into the playoffs and try to win a World Series. It doesn't really matter when you pitch as long as you get the chance to pitch and the chance to win."

 

Lackey is known as a pitcher who keeps the game moving. "I used to play first base in college and I hated guys that took forever," he said. "I'm going to get it on and get it going, for sure." Comparing himself to Josh Beckett, he said: "We definitely have some similarities on the field for sure. He gets a little fired up, and I'm going to get a little fired up...

12/16/2009 - 2:54pm
Lackey at Fenway: Winning is priority

John Lackey was introduced Wednesday afternoon a member of the Red Sox and wore jersey No. 40 at his introductory press conference at Fenway Park. "I'm here to win. That's the bottom line," the 31-year-old right-hander said. "Winning is the biggest thing for me, and I know this organization has a great chance to do that, and hopefully I can help."

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said he did not expect Lackey would consider pitching in Boston until hearing from the pitcher's representative. Said Epstein: "We were actually a little bit surprised when [Lackey's agent] said John had some interest in pitching in Boston." Epstein credited Lackey's wife, a Maine product and University of New Hampshire alumni, as playing a role in encouraging her husband to come to Boston.

Lackey indicated that more teams than just the Red Sox and Angels were bidding for his services, but Boston held a special appeal: "...

12/16/2009 - 2:30pm
Brady, Moss, Wilfork, Warren absent

FOXBORO  --  Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren  were all missing from the start of practice on Wednesday as the Patriots began on-field preparations for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Western New York. Brady is nursing rib, finger and shoulder issues and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday last week while Wilfork [foot] and Warren [ankle] were both injured last week and are uncertain for this Sunday's game. For more, visit the football blog, It Is What It Is


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