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12/11/2009 - 4:21pm
Video: Burgess, Guyton, and Maroney

FOXBORO--Today in the Patriots locker room, Derrick Burgess answers questions about being sent home on Wednesday for being late, Gary Guyton wants to move on from that incident and Laurence Maroney talks about the leadership on the team. Watch the video here and check out the It Is What It Is blog for all the latest Patriots news and information.

 


12/11/2009 - 3:19pm
Gammons on Big Show at 2:30p.m.

Peter Gammons will now join the Big Show on Friday afternoon at 2:30p.m. Earlier this week, ESPN announced in a press release that Baseball Hall of Fame journalist Peter Gammons has decided to pursue new endeavors and will no longer be a contributor to ESPN after this week’s winter meetings. Going forward, Peter will be contributing to New England local media outlets, including guest appearances on WEEI. Tune in to The Big Show on Friday afternoon at 2:30p.m., as Gammons will be a guest on the program to talk about his future and the latest hot stove rumors and news.


12/11/2009 - 3:06pm
Burgess: It's on me

FOXBORO -- Two more of the 'Tardy Four' spoke following practice on Friday at Gillette Stadium. Both linebackers Derrick Burgess and Gary Guyton said they have put Wednesday's disciplinary action behind them and they are focused on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday in Foxboro. "I haven't been sent home since high school," Burgess said of being sent home on Wednesday. "Shocked is one of the words you could use but I'm more disappointed in myself." Burgess, Guyton, Randy Moss and Adalius Thomas were all sent home for being late due to Wednesday morning snow storm. "I've got to be disappointed in myself. My biggest disappointment is in me because I lead by example. I don't lead by rah-rah," added Burgess, who said he will try to leave more time in the future when he knows snow is in the forecast. For more, visit the football blog, It Is What It Is.


12/11/2009 - 2:22pm
Mets offer Bay more than $60M

A baseball source confirmed that the Mets have made a four-year offer to free-agent outfielder Jason Bay, who hit 36 homers with the Red Sox in 2009. The source said that the offer was for more than $60 million (the Sox are believed to have made a four-year, $60 million deal) but less than $65 million. For more details, visit the Full Count blog.


12/11/2009 - 1:11pm
Sources: Sox plan to keep Kotchman

While there had been some speculation that the Red Sox might choose not to tender a contract to Casey Kotchman by Saturday's deadline to do so, multiple major-league sources say that the Red Sox have absolutely no plans to part ways with the first baseman. Kotchman, who earned $2.885 million in 2009 and became a backup option at first base for the Red Sox after they acquired him from the Braves for Adam LaRoche at the trade deadline, hit .218 with a .284 OBP, .287 slugging mark and .572 OPS in 39 games (many as a defensive replacement) for the Sox. On the year, he hit .268/.339/.382/.721 with his two teams.

 

But Kotchman's defense is well-regarded, and as recently as 2007, he had a .372 OBP and .840 OPS. Assuming that the deal sending Mike Lowell to the Rangers goes through, he is at least a possibility to start at first base, with Kevin Youkilis going to third, should the Sox not make a move to acquire a corner infielder such as Adrian...

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