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11/03/2011 - 12:29pm
Red Sox fire strength and conditioning coach

The Red Sox have let go strength and conditioning coach Dave Page and assistant trainer Greg Barajas, according to multiple sources.

Page had been with the organization since 2006, serving as the strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the six seasons prior to joining the Red Sox.

A native of Malden, Page grew up in Portland, Maine before graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 1989. He was named Professional Baseball Strength Coach of the Year in '07.

Barajas spent 12 seasons as a minor-league trainer before being promoted to the major league staff prior to the '10 season. He was named International League Athletic Trainer of the Year with with the Pawtucket Red Sox in '07.

According to a source, the Red Sox plan on restructuring some of their approach toward the strength, conditioning and medical side of the organization heading into '12.

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11/03/2011 - 12:18pm
Red Sox to interview Maddux, Alomar Jr.

A source has confirmed that the next two candidates to be interviewed by the Red Sox for their vacant managerial opening will be Mike Maddux and Sandy Alomar Jr. Both the Rangers (Maddux) and Indians (Alomar Jr.) have granted the Sox permission to talk to the coaches. The two candidates are expected to come to Boston to meet with Sox officials next week.

The 50-year-old Maddux, who played with the Sox during the 1995 and '96 seasons, has most recently served as the Rangers' pitching coach, having also manned the same position for the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons. Alomar Jr., 45, was named as Manny Acta's bench coach with the Cleveland Indians at the end of the 2011 season. He has been the first-base coach for the Indians for the past two seasons.

Both Maddux and Alomar Jr. have no professional managerial experience. 

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11/03/2011 - 12:13pm
Wilfork: D-line shares 'blame' for secondary

FOXBORO -- One of the Patriots defensive captains stood up Thursday and took some of the heat for the defensive woes of the secondary this season. Starting nose tackle Vince Wilfork says that the defensive line has to shoulder some of the responsibility for not make life more difficult on opposing quarterbacks this season. In seven games this season, only Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has failed to reach the 300-yard passing plateau. 

"Absolutely, we all take part of that," Wilfork said. "We're not going to sit back and say, 'They're catching balls because they're not covering.' It's part of us up front, too, not being able to get to the quarterback quick enough. It works hand-in-hand. It's not track where you can go out and throw the shotput or run the 100-yard dash and win the medal by yourself. You win together. The quicker we understand that, the better we'll be. And I think we understand that.

"Trust me, I don't want...

11/03/2011 - 11:37am
Report: Bradshaw out with broken foot

The Patriots may have caught a break for their upcoming game against the Giants as starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw will reportedly be out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot. 

The Newark Star-Ledger reports Bradshaw suffered a cracked bone during Sunday's game against the Dolphins, according to someone informed of Bradshaw's health status. The paper says the source requested anonymity because the Giants haven't provided full details on Bradshaw's injury, while adding the fifth-year pro is considering corrective surgery. Bradshaw has had similar issues with both feet and ankles in recent years and has undergone surgery to insert screws into his feet.

This means that Brandon Jacobs will likely get the majority of the carries against the Patriots this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

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11/03/2011 - 10:58am
Tiant on HOF 'Golden Era' ballot

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that Luis Tiant is one of 10 candidates named to the 'Golden Era' ballot for induction in the Class of 2012.

Any candidate to receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee will earn election to the Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 22, 2012. The voting will take place on Dec. 5.

Tiant pitched for 19 seasons (1964-82), finishing his career with a record of 229-172 with an ERA of 3.30. He pitched for the Red Sox from 1971-78, posting a record of 122-81 with a 3.36 ERA. Tiant won two games for the Sox in the 1975 World Series, tossing a shutout in Game 1 vs. the Reds and a complete game in Game 4.

Tiant debuted on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1988 and received 30.9 percent of the votes, his highest total but well short of the required 75 percent. His final year on the ballot was 2002.

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