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07/14/2011 - 6:08pm
Source: Ortiz will appeal suspension

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz plans to appeal the four-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball, according to a source.

The suspension stems from incident in a game on July 9 between the Sox and Orioles when Ortiz was brushed back and subsequently yelled at by O's reliever Kevin Gregg. Ortiz ultimately charged after Gregg, leading to a fight between the two with both benches clearing. Both players were suspsended four games by MLB earlier on Thursday.

O's reliever Mike Gonzalez also was suspended three games after he threw behind Ortiz two days after the initial incident, with manager Buck Showalter receiving a one-game suspension.

The Sox are getting ready to begin a series with the Rays on Friday and Ortiz will be eligible to play pending a hearing on his appeal.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/14/2011 - 4:52pm
B's ink McQuaid to 3-year extension
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Thursday that they have re-signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a three-year extension. McQuaid, 24, was entering the final year of his current deal at a $600,000 salary ($575,000 cap hit) and was set to become a restricted free agent at season's end. 

Despite starting the season as the team's seventh defenseman, injuries to various Bruins' defensemen (starting with Johnny Boychuk) allowed McQuaid to work his way into the lineup last season, and his emergence as a safe defenseman with an edge (he finished second on the team with 12 fighting majors) made former first-round pick Mark Stuart expendable, and the B's shipped Stuart to Atlanta on Feb. 18 in a deal that netted the B's forward Rich Peverley. 

The former second-round pick of the Blue Jackets had four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in his 67 games in the regular season. His plus-30 rating tied for fifth in the NHL. 

The B's also announced that they...

07/14/2011 - 4:01pm
Ortiz, Gregg each suspended four games

Major League Baseball suspended both David Ortiz and Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg four games for their role in the bench-clearing brawl Friday night at Fenway Park. Also suspended three games was Baltimore pitcher Mike Gonzalez, who threw behind Ortiz Sunday, while Orioles manager Buck Showalter was suspended for a game.

John Lackey and Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Red Sox, and O's reliever Jim Johnson, were also each fined for their role in confrontations. Lackey's fine was levied after he hit Derrek Lee Sunday, and Saltalamacchia's punishment came due to what MLB termed "aggressive actions."

For more Red Sox coverage, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/14/2011 - 3:50pm
Ortiz suspended four games for fight

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg have both been suspended four games by Major League Baseball for their roles in a fight that broke out between the pair last Friday.

Ortiz had alleged that Gregg had tried to hit him during an eighth-inning at-bat, causing the benches to clear before cooler heads briefly prevailed. Then when Ortiz ultimately flied out on a 3-0 count in a 10-3 game, Gregg began yelling at Ortiz, and the DH charged the mound, fists flying, while players from both sides emptied the benches and bullpens to meet again along the first-base line. 

Barring any appeals, Gregg would have to start serving his penalty Thursday night against the Indians while Ortiz would start his when the Red Sox resume play following the All-Star break on Friday against the Rays.

O's reliever Mike Gonzalez was also suspended three games for throwing at Ortiz in the game between the two sides on Sunday while...

07/14/2011 - 3:48pm
Forbes: Pats' sixth most valuable franchise

The Patriots are the sixth most valuable franchise worldwide, according to Forbes, who placed the value of the team at $1.37 billion. The Patriots are in good company with the rest of their brethren as six NFL teams are listed in the top 10 by the magazine. They're joined by three European soccer clubs -- Manchester United takes the top spot -- and the Yankees.

Check out the full list here.

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


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