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03/20/2010 - 3:09pm
UPDATE: Details of Embree's deal

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitcher Alan Embree signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Saturday that calls for him to make a $500,000 salary if he is added to the major league roster. His deal includes an opt-out if he is not added to the major league roster by April 15.

 

"I haven't had a spring training. Let's not be silly about this and go and jump into it," said Embree. "If I am ready [at the start of the season], so be it. If I'm not, we have a little bit of a grace period."

 

Embree had a 5.84 ERA for the Rockies last year. He did not pitch in a big league game after his right tibia was broken by a line drive on July 10, but he rehabbed and was able to pitch in Fall Instructional League.

 

"I felt really strong at the end of the season coming back from the injury," he said. "I felt like I had a lot left in the tank."

 

Embree had been...

03/20/2010 - 2:14pm
Wakefield: 'I feel like I'm ready'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three against the Orioles' split squad team. Wakefield needed just 65 pitches to sail through his outing, and so he went to the bullpen and logged an additional 25 pitches while trying to simulate two more innings after leaving the game.

 

 

Wakefield largely was pleased with his fastball and curveball. As for his signature pitch, he suggeted that he was able to throw strikes while still generating his signature movement. He also moved well on the field on plays when he had to cover first. He has answered virtually every question about his physical condition this spring, to the point where the 43-year-old declared that he is "absolutely" planning on opening the season in the rotation.

 

"I feel like I’m ready," he said. "I knew I was ready when I went...

03/20/2010 - 1:04pm
Youkilis hits first spring homer

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who ranks seventh in the American League with 56 homers over the last two seasons, hit his first home run in Grapefruit League action on Saturday. Youkilis jumped on a 1-0 offering from Orioles starter Chris Tillman, hammering it down the left field line.

 

While Youkilis has been one of the more prolific home run hitters in the American League over the last two years, he is not always perceived as such. Thogh he has a higher OPS than other first baseman such as Mark Teixeira and Justin Morneau, he is not often thought of as a slugger in the same vein as those colleagues. Yet Saturday's homer offered a reminder that his exclusion from such a group might be a mistake.

 

“He might be a little different animal than a lot of other teams have hitting fourth, but I’ll take him over anybody else,” said Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. “He gives...

03/20/2010 - 11:41am
Brady working out in Beverly Hills

The blog Faded Youth has some pictures of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady working out at a gym in Beverly Hills on Friday, going through what appears to be some sort of boxing regimen. This is the second series of pics that have been snapped of Brady working out on the West Coast while the Patriots’ offseason conditioning program continues in Foxboro — the paparazzi caught him tossing passes at UCLA a few days ago with his dog, Lua. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


03/20/2010 - 7:17am
Sox sign Embree to minor league deal

The Red Sox have signed lefty reliever Alan Embree to a minor league deal with an invitation to the team's major league spring training camp. The 40-year-old spent 2009 with Colorado, going 2-2 with a 5.84 ERA in 36 relief appearances before having his season cut short when a batted ball fractured his right tibia on July 10. Embree last pitched for the Red Sox in 2005, having joined the organization in '02. During his stint with Boston Embree went 8-9 with four saves and a 4.69 ERA in 211 relief appearances, allowing earned runs in just one of his 19 post season games with the Red Sox. He was also on the mound for the final out of Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series in Yankee Stadium. Since leaving the Sox Embree has pitched for the Yankees ('05), Athletics ('07-08), and Rockies. He is ninth all-time among Major League left-handers and second among active lefties with 878 career relief outings.


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