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03/16/2010 - 2:50pm
Smoltz joins TBS as MLB analyst

According to Turner Sports, former Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz has joined TBS as an analyst for the network's MLB coverage. The 1996 Cy Young Award winner also will work in the booth for Peachtree TV, which is scheduled to cover 45 Braves games in 2010. Smoltz, who posted an ERA of 8.32 for the Red Sox in eight appearances before being released in August 2009 and finishing out the season with the Cardinals, has yet to announce his retirement.


03/16/2010 - 2:20pm
Source: Rule 5 pick back to Red Sox

According to an MLB source, left-handed pitcher Armando Zerpa has been returned to the Red Sox by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Zerpa was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 13th pick in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft from the Red Sox system and was traded to the Dodgers for cash. Zerpa recorded a 1.20 ERA and struck out 51 batters in 45 innings for the Red Sox' Single-A affiliate in Greenville before seeing his ERA climb to 4.85 at High-A Salem (while maintaining his strikeout-an-inning pace) last season.


03/16/2010 - 1:10pm
Patriots unveil All-Decade Team

The Patriots All-Decade Team, which was unveiled on Tuesday, features plenty of old favorites and some surprising choices. The team, which was put together by the 22-person Patriots Hall of Fame Nomination Committee (made up of reporters, alumni and staff) has 11 offensive, 11 defensive, four special teams players and one head coach. Four of the 27 members were also members of the 1990s All-Decade Team — Willie McGinest was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team as a defensive end and to the 2000s All-Decade Team as an outside linebacker. He joins cornerback Ty Law, safety Lawyer Milloy and kicker Adam Vinatieri as the four players with the distinction of being on both teams. For the rest of the team, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


03/16/2010 - 12:58pm
Pats work out Northwestern CB

WEEI.com confirmed Tuesday that the Patriots worked out Northwestern cornerback Sherrick McManis Tuesday morning. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound McManis had 37 tackles for a Northwestern team that finished 8-5 last season. The news was first reported by the National Football Post. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


03/16/2010 - 12:42pm
Beckett: Back on schedule

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, who missed Sunday's start due to illness, said he feels better and will make his next scheduled spring training start Friday vs. the Pirates in Bradenton.

 

After Beckett was scratched Sunday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said: “He’ll just stay right on his day. The biggest thing to do is for him to feel better."

 

For more Red Sox news, check out the Full Count blog.


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