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08/13/2010 - 4:40pm
Gammons on Big Show: Papelbon to close

NESN and MLB.com analyst Peter Gammons talked to the Big Show Friday afternoon and discussed the big topic of the day: Jonathan Papelbon and his ability to continue to close out games for the Red Sox going forward. Gammons said that he believes Papelbon will remain as the team's closer for various reasons, including his need to pitch on an adrenaline rush. He also added that he doesn't see the reliever getting traded in the offseason.

 

"The fact is going to arbitration, he's going to be making so much," Gammons said. "I'm not sure he's tradable because he's probably going to be close to $12 million in arbitration. I don't think anybody's going to be trade something good and pay a closer $12 million."

 

In light of Terry Francona's decision to take Papelbon out of the game in the ninth, Gammons added that the Red Sox manager will do what it takes to win during the final stretch towards the postseason....

08/13/2010 - 3:54pm
Report: Warren could miss season
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from Mike Reiss of ESPN, Patriots defensive end Ty Warren's hip injury could threaten his season. Warren has been out for most of training camp and did not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Saints. 

 

The report states that the injury, which is believed to be a labral tear, is "likely to require surgery." If Warren does indeed get the surgery, he would likely miss the 2010 season. Gerard Warren started in Ty Warren's place Thursday night.

 

Warren has racked up 496 tackles since the Patriots selected him with the 13th overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft out of Texas A&M.

 

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08/13/2010 - 1:41pm
Spaz taking Herzlich 'out of the equation'

CHESTNUT HILL -- An injured right foot is the latest physical hurdle Mark Herzlich has to clear to return to the game he loves.

 

The fifth-year senior All-American linebacker and Butkus Award finalist was in line to return from his successful bout with Ewing's sarcoma - a rare bone cancer - when he was diagnosed with a broken right foot and held out of practice at Boston College. Sources with knowledge of the injury say there is doubt as to whether Herzlich will be healed enough to play in the season opener against Weber State at home on Sept. 4 - something head coach Frank Spaziani confirmed Friday afternoon. 

 

"Mark's situation is Mark's situation," Spaziani said. "When he's back, that's total speculation as far as I'm concerned. Until he gets out there and does it, we're all rooting for him. You have to take him out of the equation, I think."

 

Herzlich is undergoing tests to...

08/13/2010 - 12:49pm
Barkley: 'Shaq does not have an ego'

SPRINGFIELD - Charles Barkley, in Springfield for Hall of Fame weekend, talked Friday about the Celtics addition of Shaquille O'Neal. The TNT analyst -- part of the legendary 1992 Olympic squad being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year -- feels that the move was a "no-braner" for the Celtics.

 

"Don't forget, Shaq played very well last year," Barkley said. "I thought it was a very good pickup for the Celtics. Shaq played very well. He's going to help them a lot."

 

Barkley dismissed any notion that O'Neal would be uncomfortable in a potential backup role.

 

"Shaq does not have an ego," said Barkley of the 15-time All-Star. "When he first got to Miami, no problems and they won a championship. Didn't have any problems in Phoenix, Phoenix just didn't know what they were doing."

 

Barkley was asked about the temptation of the media to...

08/13/2010 - 12:43pm
Neal, Morris, Taylor join D&H
By: Jay Asser

Guard Stephen Neal and running backs Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday morning to talk about Patriots training camp and the first preseason game against the defending champion Saints.

 

"I think it was a good first step," Neal said of Thursday’s win. "We obviously have a long way to go. It’s still early, it was a first step to get out there under the lights and in front of a crowd. We have a lot of work to do, we’re just going to keep working hard and we’ll be better next week."

 

"We have a lot of depth that we are able to take the pounding off each other," Morris said of his health. "I’m doing pretty good, this is the lightest I’ve been as far as weight that I’ve come in in long time. So it’s pretty good and like I said, just trying to get better every day."

 

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