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03/03/2010 - 1:57pm
Mort on D&H: No 'splash' by Pats

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen joined Dale & Holley Wednesday afternoon to discuss the status of the Patriots as the offseason kicks into gear. Mortensen said the Patriots have to decide what to do with their plethora of early draft picks — specifically whether to use them to go after restricted free agents instead of in April’s draft. “The Patriots have what? Three second-round picks,” he said. “So maybe 
they can play that restricted free agent market a little more aggressively or just stick with the plan of building things through the draft. When you look at the Patriots, you see a lot more question marks than you normally see.”


One name in unrestricted free agency that has been linked to the Patriots is Julius Peppers. Mortensen called him “a dynamic player” but did say that many teams are unwilling to commit the kind of money he likely will get on the open market, a deal that Mortensen...

03/03/2010 - 1:48pm
Bruins players react to trades

After practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Wednesday morning, Bruins players reacted to the trades that sent Derek Morris to the Phoenix Coyotes and Byron Bitz to the Florida Panthers while bringing in defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. They acknowledged that the NHL is a business, yet at the same time said it is hard to see their teammates go.


"Both the guys we lost were good teammates and good people," goalie Tim Thomas said. "I had a lot in common with Derek and I had a lot in common with [Bitz]. They both played in the ECAC in hockey and are actually some of the only college graduates in here. It is sad to see them go, but you just want to wish them the best wherever they end up being traded to."


For more player reaction and news on today's NHL trade deadline, visit the Big Bad Blog.

03/03/2010 - 1:30pm
Report: Pats interested in Olsen? is reporting that the Chicago Bears may be shopping tight end Greg Olsen, and that the Patriots might be interested. According to the report from Peggy Kusinski, Olsen is not happy about the hiring of offensive coordinator Mike Martz, and the story quoted friends of Olsen as saying he "quietly sent his agent Drew Rosenhaus into 'trade request' mode." Reportedly, the Bears may have some takers in the Cardinals or Patriots. Known as a pass-catcher who can block, the 6-foot-5, 252-pounder caught 60 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns last year. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.

03/03/2010 - 1:22pm
Sosa visa delay was for past PED use

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox relief pitcher Jorge Sosa, who signed a minor league contract in January, joined the club in Fort Myers for spring training on Wednesday. The 32-year-old said that the U.S. consulate in the Dominican delayed in giving him a visa due to his past suspension for the use of amphetamines in 2008, while a member of the Mariners' minor league system.


Sosa said that he has faced past visa delays due to the suspension.


"I waited for my visa in the Dominican because I had a little problem with the consulate there. They gave me the visa yesterday at 3:30 in the afternoon and I took a flight here," said Sosa. "The problem was I took a greenie three years ago. Then the consulate suspended [the visa application] for [the last] three years."


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03/03/2010 - 1:17pm
Kelly throws perfect inning

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitching prospect Casey Kelly, starting in Wednesday's exhibition game against Northeastern University, sailed through a 1-2-3 inning. Kelly struck out two of the three hitters he faced (both swinging), sandwiching the two punchouts around a first-pitch groundout to second.


Kelly, who is in major league camp as a non-roster invitee, threw just 10 pitches, seven for strikes.


For more on Kelly and the Red Sox, visit the Full Count Blog.

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