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12/10/2009 - 1:15pm
Adalius Thomas: 'I'm dumbfounded'

FOXBORO  --  In an 11-minute explosive session with reporters at his locker, Adalius Thomas said he wanted to clear his name after being sent home for showing up nine minutes late for a meeting on Wednesday morning. "I'm dumbfounded," Thomas said. "I don't try to figure it out. There's a lot of things that go on that you're dumbfounded by, not just that. You just roll with it. I'm an Indian, I'm not the chief. I just roll with the punches. Motivation is for kindergartners. I'm not a kindergartner. Sending someone home, that's like you're expelled. Go home and make good grades. Get that [crap] out of here." Thomas, Randy Moss, Derrick Burgess and Gary Guyton were all sent home for being late. For complete coverage, including the transcript, video and audio from inside the locker room, visit the football blog It Is What It Is
 


12/10/2009 - 11:44am
Update: Gammons on Big Show Friday

Peter Gammons will now join the Big Show on Friday afternoon at 4p.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 4p.m., as Gammons will be a guest on the program to talk about his future and the latest hot stove rumors and news. 


12/10/2009 - 11:14am
Sox lose two in Rule 5 draft

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Red Sox had two of their minor leaguers selected by other clubs in the Major League Rule 5 draft on Thursday.

 

The Astros selected 25-year-old Jorge Jimenez and then sent the third baseman to Florida as part of the Matt Lindstrom deal. Jiminez spent all of 2009 in Double-A, hitting .289 with a .366 OBP, .422 slugging and .787 OPS and 13 homers.

 

Armando Zerpa, 22, was taken by the Rays and then dealt to the Dodgers. He recorded a 1.20 ERA and struck out 51 batters in 45 innings for Low-A Greenville before seeing his ERA climb to 4.85 in High-A Salem (while maintaining his strikeout-an-inning pace).


12/10/2009 - 11:04am
Sox acquire Boof Bonser

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Red Sox acquired pitcher Boof Bonser from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named or cash, according to a Minnesota team press release. Bonser, 28, has a career 18-25 mark and 5.93 ERA in three seasons with the Twins. He missed all of the 2009 season after undergoing labrum surgery in February. He has averaged 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings in his career, with 2.9 walks per nine innings. The Twins had expected Bonser to compete for a fifth starter's spot in spring training, but when Carl Pavano accepted arbitration, Bonser beame expendable.

 

For more about what role Bonser might play on the Sox, see "A Bit About Boof" in the Full Count Blog.


12/10/2009 - 10:01am
Morning Mashup: Memorabilia mess

Peter Nash, former rapper, baseball memorabilia collector and part-owner of the Fenway bar McGreevy's, is facing some financial and legal problems. It's an interesting story involving the shady business that memorabilia collecting has become. That, plus links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


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