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01/13/2012 - 9:39pm
Red Sox avoid arbitration with Sweeney

According to the Associated Press, the newly-acquired outfielder Ryan Sweeney has agreed to one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration. 

Sweeney, who was acquired from Oakland in the Red Sox' trade for Andrew Bailey, was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The 26-year-old is coming off a '11 season in which he hit .265 with a .687 OPS in 108 games with the A's. A left-handed hitter, Sweeney is expected to receiving significant time in right field for the Red Sox in '12.

The Sox still have eight players who are arbitration-eligible -- David Ortiz, Daniel Bard, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alfredo Aceves, Mike Aviles, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Frankin Morales, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The organization hasn't gone through an arbitration hearing with a player since 2002.

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

 


01/13/2012 - 9:06pm
Reports: Yankees lock up Pineda, Kuroda

According to multiple reports the Yankees bolstered their starting rotation through two separate moves, acquiring Seattle right-hander Michael Pineda and free agent righty Hiroki Kuroda.

The 22-year-old Pineda was acquired via a trade for the Yankees' top prospect, catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero. Also going to New York was right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi, while Single-A hurler Jose Campos was sent along with Pineda to the Yanks. It is the second time Seattle attempted to trade for Montero, who was slated to be the centerpiece of a July, 2010 trade which would have sent pitcher Cliff Lee to New York. The Mariners backed out at the last minute, instead choosing to accept Texas' offer of first baseman Justin Smoak.

Pineda, who is still one year away from arbitration, is considered one of the top young starting pitchers in the American League, having made the AL All-Star team in 2011 after beginning his rookie season 8-6 with a 3.03 ERA. The...

01/13/2012 - 7:24pm
Dooling likely out until Monday

Back-up shooting guard Keyon Dooling said before Friday's game that a sore right knee will likely keep him out of action until Monday night's home game against Oklahoma City. 

"Not feeling good enough to play," Dooling said. "I'm just not ready for basketball action today." 

Dooling told reporters that in addition to missing Friday's game with the Bulls, he won't be traveling with the team to Indiana for Saturday night's game against the Pacers. Dooling is averaging seven points in just over 18 minutes per game in nine games for the Celtics, including one start when Ray Allen was out with the flu.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the trio of Marquis Daniels, Avery Bradley and rookie E'Twaun Moore will pick up his minutes in his absence. For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog. 


01/13/2012 - 5:04pm
Report: Red Sox to invite Varitek to camp

The Boston Red Sox have invited catcher Jason Varitek to Spring Training but as a non-roster player, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman writes that Varitek seems likely to either accept the invitation or retire. Boston already has catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach under contract, along with Ryan Lavarnway who is expected to start the season in Pawtucket.

Last season Varitek batted .221 in 68 games and posted a .300 on-base percentage. The former Red Sox captain has spent his entire major league career in Boston since being traded by the Seattle Mariners, along with Derek Lowe, in exchange for Heathcliff Slocumb.

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


01/13/2012 - 3:06pm
Pats list Chung (knee), 12 more questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots listed 13 players as limited and questionable Friday for their AFC Divisionable Playoff against Tim Tebow and the Broncos Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots held their final walkthrough on Friday. Patrick Chung, who returned in Week 17 against the Bills after a long bout with a foot injury, suddenly reappeared as limited on Friday with a knee issue, after full participation on Thursday.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was removed from the Patriots injury report on Thursday and was again not listed on Friday, an indication that his left shoulder will not be a factor come Saturday night. 

The Broncos listed wide receiver Eric Decker (knee) and long snapper Lonie Paxton (personal) as out for Saturday's game. Safety Brian Dawkins (neck) is doubtful. Here is the full report from the Patriots:

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (foot) Questionable
OL Marcus...

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