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06/30/2011 - 12:40pm
Chiarelli letting Kaberle, Ryder test waters
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke with the media Thursday in anticipation of the NHL's free agency period opening Friday. The Bruins have two players set to hit unrestricted free agency in winger Michael Ryder and defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The GM said that ties have not been severed with either player, but that the B's likely won't be active in the early stages of free agency.

"Certainly theres no finality to our relationship," Chiarelli said of Kaberle. "What we've agreed to with Tomas and his agent is that he would look into the market and we would continue to talk with him. … Let me be perfectly clear, there's no end to the relationship because we haven't signed him to this point."

Chiarelli noted that if the Bruins are unable to retain Kaberle, he will look both in-house and elsewhere for his replacement on the Bruins' blue line. 

He also indicated that the B's are taking the same approach with...

06/30/2011 - 11:59am
X-Rays on Youkilis ankle come back negative

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Youkilis underwent an X-ray on his injured left ankle Thursday afternoon, with the examination coming back negative. The third baseman was injured when fouling a ball off the inside of the ankle in the second inning of the Red Sox' 2-1 loss Wednesday.

"After I iced last night it swelled up pretty good and I had a tough time sleeping. It was throbbing," said Youkilis, who was out of the Red Sox' starting lineup in the series finale. "Just walking around was tough. Hopefully it's just a day, get some treatment and get it going for tomorrow.

"I probably can hit. Just running and stuff like that ... I really haven't tried that much. It's just really tough to run on right now. I didn't think I would be anywhere near where I am today. Usually that stuff happens, I go to bed and wake up sore. But it was a lot more sore than I thought it would be."

Youkilis went for 0-for-3 with a walk in the Red Sox'...

06/30/2011 - 10:17am
Lineup: Youkilis sits, Pedroia bats fourth

The Red Sox will roll out an unconventional lineup for their series finale with the Phillies on Thursday. Drew Sutton will play third base while Kevin Youkilis sits and Dustin Pedroia will hit fourth against Cole Hamels. David Ortiz and J.D. Drew are also out of the lineup against the lefty.

Here's the lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Darnell McDonald RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jason Varitek C
Josh Reddick LF
Drew Sutton 3B
Marco Scutaro SS
Jon Lester P

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


06/30/2011 - 6:49am
Mashup: Clemens tries to discredit McNamee

Roger Clemens' attorneys filed a motion Wednesday night claiming that former trainer Brian McNamee sold out Clemens to protect himself from federal investigators after an incident in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2001. Investigators had looked into allegations that McNamee sexually assaulted an unconscious woman at a party during a Yankees road trip to play the Rays. McNamee, who later admitted he lied to the investigators — claiming he was trying to protect Yankees players at the party — was never charged. McNamee is the prosecution's star witness in the case against Clemens for lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


06/30/2011 - 12:11am
Lewis will present Brady on NFLN special

The Patriots announced Wednesday night that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will present Tom Brady on Sunday’s final edition of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players” countdown, a list compiled by a players-only vote that features the best in the game.

Brady will be part of the Top 10, and the fifth New England player on the list — Vince Wilfork (35), Logan Mankins (39), Wes Welker (50) and Jerod Mayo (62) were all previously a part of the countdown. Mankins and Mayo were presented by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, while Wilfork had New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma present him and Welker was presented by Buffalo coach Chan Gailey.

The show airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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