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03/17/2010 - 9:07am
Minor leaguer Lentz retires

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minor league pitcher Richie Lentz retired, a Red Sox source confirmed. The news was first reported by


Lentz, drafted in the 19th round of the 2006 draft by the Sox, put together a spectacular season in 2008, when he struck out 112 batters in 77.1 innings for High-A Lancaster and Double-A Portland on the strength of a mid- to high-90s fastball and swing-and-miss slider. But he struggled to maintain his mechanics in the 2009 regular season, and he had a 6.75 ERA with Portland.


He seemed to be ironing out some of his mechanical issues in the Arizona Fall League at the end of 2009, but when he encountered shoulder discomfort (though not a condition that was expected to require surgery) this spring, he elected to walk away from the game.


Lentz had dealt with a lengthy rehab from Tommy John surgery in college, perhaps contributing to his decision.

03/17/2010 - 7:35am
Report: Pats will play on Thanksgiving

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that the Patriots are slated to play on Thanksgiving afternoon, against the Lions in Detroit. The Cowboys and Jets will be hosting the other Thanksgiving games, with their opponents to be determined. To read Florio's report click here.

03/17/2010 - 7:27am
Faxon on D&C: Tiger will feel pressure

Golfer Brad Faxon made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about Tiger Woods' comeback, scheduled for The Masters April 8-11. "It's going to be all-time hoopla for golf, for sure," the Rhode Island resident said, adding that Woods' return will be good for both golf and the golfer: "Every golfer who's having trouble, their safe haven is inside the ropes."


Faxon said Woods already puts a lot of pressure on himself, and that will be compounded dramatically at The Masters. "There's tournament pressure, there's majors pressure, and for someone like Tiger, there's Masters pressure that's unlike anything else," Faxon said. "It's hard to describe."


Faxon said he's sure Woods will feel trepidation heading to the first tee. "Absolutely. One hundred percent," Faxon said. "Obviously, he's human. He's going to be self-conscious. I'm sure he feels terrible...

03/17/2010 - 6:52am
Mock Draft: Sapp projected for Pats

In the fifth installment of's NFL mock draft, contributor D.J. Bean has slotted Clemson defensive end/outside linebacker Ricky Sapp as the player the Patriots are projected to land with the 22nd overall pick. Bean writes of Sapp: "Nothing has changed since Sapp turned in one of the better defensive performances at the combine, yet mock drafts have slowly been pushing him down toward the second round, a classic case of reader beware. If teams were high on Sapp back then, there is no way they are lower on him now. His knee is good and he has great speed for his size. The Patriots also had a private workout with Sapp on Tuesday." The current list also has somewhat of a shakeup in the draft's top five spots. To see the entire mock draft, go to the It Is What It Is blog by clicking here.

03/17/2010 - 6:40am
Mashup: NHL fast-tracks new rule

The NHL is trying to adopt a rule barring blindside hits to the head — such as the one that knocked out Bruins center Marc Savard — before the end of this season, instead of waiting until the offseason, as initially indicated at last week's general managers meetings. Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

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