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07/30/2011 - 10:01am
Mankins signs tender, Faulk, Arrington sign

FOXBORO -- On what is expected to be a busy day in Foxboro - the first full day of practice in pads - the Patriots announced Saturday morning that Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins signed his franchise tag tender, a positive sign that the two sides are working toward a long-term contract. 

Mankins, because it's a new contract, will not practice until Aug. 4, in addition to running back Kevin Faulk and cornerback Kyle Arrington, who also signed new deals on Saturday. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


07/29/2011 - 11:32pm
Teams still on Bedard despite brutal start

Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard, in his first start since June 27, retired just four of the 11 batters he faced, permitting three hits and four walks while striking out two before leaving with his team trailing the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-0, a deficit that quickly mushroomed to 8-0 after Bedard exited the game.

The 32-year-old, who had been on the disabled list with a sprained left knee, was charged with five earned runs, just the second time in 16 starts this year (and the first since April 10) that he had been charged with so many runs. It was, in fact, the shortest start of his career. He threw 57 pitches, fewer than half of which (28) were strikes.

While the line score was disastrous, however, Bedard's fastball averaged 91 mph and topped out at 93 mph, consistent with his velocity throughout the season.

One major league source said that the Mariners appeared to be waiting until after this outing before advancing talks with teams. While Bedard...

07/29/2011 - 11:09pm
Gonzalez on neck: '[Couldn't] swing normal'

CHICAGO -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez missed his second game of the season, having been scratched about an hour before the first pitch of Friday's game against the White Sox (a 3-1 Red Sox loss) due to a stiff neck.

Gonzalez, who had a large ice pack on the left side of his neck after the game, said that he woke up feeling discomfort on Thursday. He thought that his neck would loosen over the course of a day game, but it did not, and he could not employ his normal swing during the loss to the Royals. When the position persisted on Friday, Gonzalez felt that it would be counterproductive to play.

"My swing wasn’t normal. I wasn’t able to focus right because I couldn’t turn my neck. I had to hit open and adjust my stance. It wasn’t going to be good for me to try to play through it," said Gonzalez. "I can’t look at the pitcher from my normal stance. I’ve got to open up. When you...

07/29/2011 - 10:19pm
Wakefield will wait: Red Sox lose in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Through five innings, Tim Wakefield's knuckleball was a dominant offering against which the White Sox were powerless. As well as the 44-year-old was pitching, a Jarrod Saltalamacchia solo homer in the third inning looked like it could prove the margin of victory for the Red Sox, and help to punch Wakefield's pass into the select club of pitchers who have claimed 200 victories.

The plot turned quickly, however, as Juan Pierre bunted for a leadoff single in the sixth and ended up scoring on a sac fly to tie the game, setting the stage for catcher A.J. Pierzynski to push the White Sox ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh. On a night when the Red Sox had just five baserunners (their second lowest total of the year), Pierzynski's launch proved enough to give Chicago a 3-1 victory.

Wakefield must now wait until Wednesday against the Indians at Fenway Park for his shot at his 200th victory. Meanwhile, another remarkable Red Sox feat...

07/29/2011 - 8:03pm
Gonzalez scratched due to stiff neck

CHICAGO -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was scratched roughly an hour before the scheduled start of a Friday night game against the White Sox due to a stiff neck. The revised Red Sox lineup features Kevin Youkilis at first base and Drew Sutton at third.

For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

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

Wakefield, SP


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