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07/21/2010 - 8:58am
Lucchino on D&C: Luxury tax not a worry

Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, and with the trade deadline fast approaching, one of the biggest topics of conversation was the Red Sox off-the-field plans as they gear up for the final stretch. Lucchino was quick to dismiss any notion that the team will not pursue top trade targets despite recent reports that it has gone above the luxury-tax threshold.

 

"We are at the bottom end of the tax threshold. We're not at the highest tax rate. We're at the lowest tax rate," Lucchino said. "But [the idea that we'd spend less] is just not true. I'm telling you. I know what our financial plans are, and that is not true. We have money set aside to acquire talent if we can find it, but having said that this is not a promise or a prediction that a trade will happen. We're not going to do something just to keep our record alive by making deals on July 31."

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07/21/2010 - 7:18am
Mashup: Mattingly blunder costs Dodgers

Dodgers coach Don Mattingly, filling in for ejected manager Joe Torre, made a rulebook mistake Tuesday night that cost his team in a 7-5 loss to the Giants. In the top of the ninth inning of a game Los Angeles was leading 5-4, with one out and the bases loaded, Mattingly went to the mound to talk to closer Jonathan Broxton and arrange his defense. Mattingly started to leave, but then turned around to respond to a question and stepped back on the dirt below the pitcher's mound. That constitutes a second visit, requiring the pitcher to be removed. Read more about the gaffe at Wednesday's Morning Mashup, where you also can get the details on former Red Sox utility player Alex Cora admonishing a Mets teammate for joking with reporters after a loss to the Diamondbacks.


07/21/2010 - 5:41am
Buchholz, Lowrie set to return to Sox

The Red Sox plan to activate both starter Clay Buchholz and infielder Jed Lowrie from the disabled list on Wednesday. In order to clear spots on the major league roster for the pair, the team intends to designate first baseman Ryan Shealy for assignment and to option left-hander Dustin Richardson back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

Buchholz (10-4, 2.45 ERA) has been out since June 26 due to a left lower hamstring strain. Lowrie has missed the entire season while recovering from mononucleosis, but he completed a strong rehab (.367 average, 1.047 OPS) spanning 10 combined games between Single-A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

Shealy flew out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game. He went 0-for-7 with the Sox. Richardson delivered a big strikeout in the 10th inning, helping the Sox to nearly escape the jam that ultimately cost them the game. The left-hander has a 2.57 ERA in 13 appearances (7 innings...

07/21/2010 - 1:40am
Sox blow four-run lead in walkoff loss

The Red Sox appeared in excellent position to make up some ground in the playoff race. Armed with a 4-0 lead after two innings, on a night when both the Yankees and Rays had lost, the Sox were poised to improve their standing relative to both the division and wild card leaders.

 

Instead, the Sox gave away their lead and endured a devastating 5-4 walkoff defeat in 10 innings at the hands of the Athetics. The winning run was plated when Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered the game-winning single against Boston reliever Michael Bowden, who inherited a two-on, two-out jam that had been set in motion by Sox reliever Ramon Ramirez (0-3).

 

Daric Barton delivered a one-out single and then was balked to second base by Ramirez. The Sox elected to walk Kurt Suzuki intentionally. Dustin Richardson then struck out pinch-hitter Adam Rosales, but the move for Bowden with two outs backfired when Kouzmanoff laced a 2-2 fastball to right for the...

07/20/2010 - 10:00pm
Report: NHL rejects Kovalchuk contract

According to a report on tsn.ca, the NHL has rejected Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on the grounds that it circumvents the league's salary cap.

 

The three-time All-Star was due to make $12 million over the first two seasons of the deal, $57.5 million over the next five seasons, $10.5 million in the 2017-18 season, $8.5 million for the 2018-19 season, $6.5 million in 2019-20, $3.5 million in 2020-21 and $3.5 million over the final six seasons of the deal. Kovalchuk would be 44 years old at the end of the contract.

 

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