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12/22/2009 - 7:55am
Patriots Report Card: No gifts here

WEEI's Steve DeOssie checked his list twice before delivering his weekly Patriots Report Card Tuesday morning. New England's offensive players might want to hide these grades from their families until after Christmas, because they were naughty Sunday in Buffalo despite the Bills gift-wrapping the game for the Patriots, and professor DeOssie is not in the giving mood. Read the story here.


12/22/2009 - 4:27am
Sox rank fourth in MLB payroll

According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox ranked fourth in major-league payroll in 2009 with a $140.5 million payroll for luxury tax purposes. That mark ranked behind the Yankees ($226.2 million), Mets ($142.2 million) and Cubs ($141.6 million).

 

The Yankees were the only team that paid a competitive balance tax (CBT) in 2009. By blowing past the $162 million luxury tax, New York incurred a $25.7 million penalty that it paid into Major League Baseball's central fund. The Yankees have now paid $174 million in CBT penalties since 2003.

 

The 2009 season marked the second straight year that the Sox -- who paid a total of $13.9 million in CBT taxes from 2003-07 -- had a payroll that fell below the luxury tax threshold. As such, if the Sox exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2010 (something that...

12/21/2009 - 10:56pm
Bruins, Thomas shut out Sens 2-0

 Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm scored third period goals and Tim Thomas made 29 saves as the Bruins shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Monday night. The victory ended a four-game winless streak by the Bruins and was the first road win by Thomas since October 24, also in Ottawa. With the win, the B’s moved past the Senators into second place in the Northeast Division. 


12/21/2009 - 10:56pm
Lowell: 'I don't have a problem'

Speaking by phone from Orlando, Mike Lowell touched on the history of his injured right thumb — which is due to get surgery shortly after Christmas, as well as his thoughts on returning to the Red Sox after the team had agreed in principle to a trade that would have sent him to the Rangers along with $9 million in exchange for minor league first baseman/catcher Max Ramirez.

 

“I don’t have a problem. Absolutely,” Lowell said regarding whether or not he could return to the Red Sox. “I think everything is getting lost with all the other pieces of who they want. But I think I’m going to do much better than last year. I feel like there were close to 20 games I felt I should have been in the last two...

12/21/2009 - 9:49pm
Lowell clarifies thumb injury

Speaking on phone from Orlando, Mike Lowell clarified the history of the thumb injury that ultimately led to the cancellation of the trade that would have sent him and $9 million to Texas for minor league catcher/infielder Max Ramirez.

 

"I was in constant and open communication about my thumb situation from the moment it happened to every week after," he said, pointing to a foul ball against Cleveland starter Jeremy Sowers as the cause for what is now diagnosed as a strain of the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb. Lowell said that he was asked by the Red Sox to take an MRI on Dec. 7 after being put in a splint at the suggestion of Red Sox trainer Mike Reinold, who had visited Lowell in Miami on Nov. 25.

 

"I've had very open and honest communication with the training and medical staff," Lowell added....

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