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08/07/2011 - 9:43am
Report: Pats sign former Jets DE Ellis
By: DJ Bean

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with former Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis. Schefter reports that the deal is pending Ellis passing his physical.

Ellis, 34, has played his entire NFL career with the Jets since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He was the longest-tenured player on the Jets prior to leaving as a free agent. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, having represented the AFC in the 2003 and 2009 seasons.  

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08/06/2011 - 8:15pm
Francona: Ellsbury 'went to maybe great'

It has been a startling stretch by Jacoby Ellsbury, who added to his back-to-back walkoff hits this week by collecting a career-high six RBI, three of them on a homer against CC Sabathia (the first by a left-hander against the Yankees ace since May 13). Manager Terry Francona heaped praise on his outfielder, who is now hitting .321 with an .899 OPS, 19 homers and 72 RBI along with his 31 steals.

"It seems like we're kind of talking about him a lot. The reason is because he's doing so many good things," said Francona. "He started out a little slow and he's been a really good player from the first of May. Then all of a sudden, he got good, went to maybe great, and he's kind of held that level."

Ellsbury became the first Sox leadoff hitter since Ellis Burks in 1987 to drive in six or more runs in a game (Burks plated seven on June 10, 1987, against the Orioles). He was the first Sox center fielder since Carl Everett in 2000 to...

08/06/2011 - 8:08pm
Rockies asked for five players from Sox

According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Rockies asked for five players from the Red Sox -- Ryan Lavarnway, Felix Doubront, Kyle Weiland, Will Middlebrooks and Josh Reddick -- in exchange for Ubaldo Jimenez  as the non-waiver trade deadline approached. The deal would also outfielder Seth Smith going to the Sox from Colorado. Rosenthal also pointed out that Rockies players Chris Ianneta, Rafael Betancourt, and Ryan Spilborghs were also possible fits in a deal between the teams.

Earlier in the week, a source told WEEI.com that the Red Sox made a substantial offer to the Rockies the Friday before the deadline, with Colorado making its counter-offer later in the day. 

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08/06/2011 - 6:36pm
Ell-ectric: Sox, Ellsbury stomp CC

Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a career-high six runs on Saturday, three of them on a home run against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, as the Red Sox moved back into a tie for first place in the American League East with a 10-4 thrashing of New York.

Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a sac fly, a three-run homer (his 19th of the year and the first by a left-hander against Sabathia since Adrian Gonzalez connected for one in mid-May) and a two-run single in the eighth to push his RBI total for the year to 72. He is currently on pace to drive in 104 runs, and he's hitting .379 in his last 32 games dating to June 30.

He was not alone in pounding Yankees ace Sabathia. Carl Crawford went 4-for-4, including three hits against Sabathia, and now has collected hits in each of his last six plate appearances.

The Sox jumped on Sabathia (16-6) for seven runs in his six innings of work. It marked the third time this year that the Sox have scored six or more runs...

08/06/2011 - 1:28pm
O'Brien: 'Competitive' Ocho is 'fitting in'

FOXBORO -- Newly-minted Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien said Saturday that star wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is progressing well in his effort to learn the Patriots offensive plays and system in time for the start of the season. 

"He's been very professional, works really hard, in the meeting room and on the field," O'Brien said. "He's a competitive guy, takes a lot of pride in it. I'd say that about the whole group of receivers. I think there are 11 of them working right now -- smart guys, competitive guys. Ocho is fitting in. I think he's progressed on a daily basis. Just like everybody else, there are ups and downs in this time of training camp. He's just trying to be as consistent as he can be, like everyone else out there."

Ochocinco is expected to be suited up in his familar No. 85 and ready for action when the Patriots open the preseason on Thursday night at Gillette against the Jaguars. 

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