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08/10/2011 - 3:20pm
Francona told Torre he'd talk to Beckett

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that he discussed the deliberate pace of Sunday night's Red Sox-Yankees game with MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre. In that contest, Josh Beckett's times to home plate were well in excess of normal, something that Francona suggesed reflected the humidity and Beckett's discomfort at times on the mound. Even so, the Sox manager agreed after talking to Torre -- his former counterpart for years with the Yankees -- to address the topic with his pitcher.

"He was working slow," said Francona. "I promised [Torre] that I would kind of give [Beckett] a kick in the pants."

Francona raved about communication with Torre, whose perspective on managing games between the Red Sox and Yankees is obviously informed by a wealth of experience.

"He's a great guy to talk to," said Francona.

Francona also addressed a...

08/10/2011 - 3:01pm
Lineup: Pedroia to sit, Aviles at second

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said in his weekly interview on The Big Show that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will get his first day off in two months. On a day when the Sox will face Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn, Pedroia will sit in favor of Mike Aviles (3-for-8 against Blackburn), who will make his first start for the Sox at second base. Marco Scutaro will start at shortstop and play second, while Jed Lowrie will get a day off.

For complete batter vs. pitcher information, visit the Full Count blog. For full team coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Scutaro, SS
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Crawford, LF
Saltalamacchia, C
Reddick RF
Aviles, 2B

Lester, SP


08/10/2011 - 2:18pm
Kraft: Mankins extension 'probably' soon
By: DJ Bean

FOXBORO -- An emotional Robert Kraft met with the media on the field at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, remembering his late wife Myra as "the real deal" and discussing the future of the Patriots. 

One notable bit of information shared was that he was confident the team would sign two-time All-Pro guard Logan Mankins to a longterm extension. Kraft said the team planned carefully to lock up key members of the team including Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork and Stephen Gostkowski and bring in other veterans on shorter deals in order to make it feasible to retain or add the players they desire.

"I hope that after locking up our core veterans and bringing in these seasons veterans as I call them, and probably you'll see our good friend Logan Mankins will be signed up soon hopefully to be a Patriot for life," Kraft said. 

Though it hasn't always been smooth between the Patriots and Mankins' camp (he did not report to the team...

08/10/2011 - 1:17pm
Pats claim Wetterer off waivers, cut Ventrone

The Patriots announced Wednesday afternoon they have claimed rookie offensive guard Mark Wetterer off waivers from Cincinnati, and have released safety Ross Ventrone. Wetterer, 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds, was originally signed by Cincinnati as a rookie free agent on July 26 out of Louisville. He was waived by Cincinnati on Aug. 8. The 22-year old Wetterer started in 28 games at Louisville and was named a 2010 First-Team All-Big East player. Ventrone, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4, 2010 and then signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19, 2010. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


08/10/2011 - 8:34am
Rondo, Perkins team up for all-star game

For one day, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and former teammate Kendrick Perkins will play basketball together again.

To conclude a three-day basketball camp in his hometown, Perkins will host a celebrity all-star game on Friday at 1 p.m. at Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, where he played prior to being selected by the Celtics with the 27th pick in the 2003 NBA draft.

Rondo will join Perkins and three of his current Thunder teammates -- Kevin Durant, James Harden and Eric Maynor -- as well as Bucks guard (and Houston native) Stephen Jackson in the game, according to the Beaumont Enterprise.

For more on this story and the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.

 


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