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08/03/2009 - 12:00pm
Report: Sox offered Buchholz, Bard as part of blockbuster for King Felix

According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Red Sox offered the Mariners a chance to choose five players from a group of the team's eight top prospects as part of a package for pitcher Felix Hernandez. According to the report, the Sox made available a group of players that included right-handed pitchers Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard, Justin Masterson and Michael Bowden, as well as left-handers Nick Hagadone and Felix Doubront, shortstop Yamaico Navarro and outfielder Josh Reddick. Baker said that the Mariners declined that offer, and so the Sox tried to arrange a three-way deal that would include the Padres and send first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Buchholz and other prospects, with the Padres receiving prospects from both the Red Sox and Mariners.
 
Baker said that the Mariners declined the offer, feeling...

08/02/2009 - 5:24pm
Red Sox win slugfest in Baltimore, 18-10

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox -- led by five hits from Victor Martinez -- amassed a season-high 18 runs and 23 hits en route to an 18-10 victory that concluded a three-game sweep against the Orioles. With a Yankees' victory, the Sox remain 0.5 games behind New York in the standings. Kevin Youkilis reached base in five of his six plate appearances, extending a streak of consecutive times on base to 13 (most in the majors since 2003) before striking out in the ninth.
The Sox have now scored 58 runs in their last seven games.


08/02/2009 - 2:46pm
Pats' Sunday afternoon practice will be closed to public

The Patriots have just announced via their Twitter page that this afternoon's walkthrough will be held in the practice bubble, which means it'll be closed to fans. For more football updates, check our blog, "It Is What It Is."


08/02/2009 - 2:10pm
Drew leaves the game with tight left groin

J.D. Drew, back in the lineup for the first time since Thursday, doubled to the gap in right-center in the top of the first inning but ran gingerly into second. He went on to score on a single to left-center, but ran slowly into home and did not slide into the plate. He was replaced by Rocco Baldelli for the bottom of the first inning, having been removed as a precautionary measure due to tightness in his left groin.

A few other notes:

--The Sox are currently operating with an 11-man pitching staff, something that has been necessary this weekend due to Drew's injury and the right hamstring cramps that forced Jason Bay's removal from Saturday's game. Bay was scheduled to have today off, with Josh Reddick starting in his place in left.

--Jeff Bailey will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. He has been out for roughly four weeks after injuring his ankle.

--Daisuke Matsuzaka, rehabbing in Fort Myers, will join...

08/02/2009 - 12:44pm
Pats cut Redd, add Ninkovich and Love

The Patriots made a few moves Sunday morning, cutting linebacker Vince Redd and re-signing defensive back Jamar Love and adding outside linebacker/defensive end Rob Ninkovich. Ninkovich, a 25-year-old out of Purdue, has played for the Saints and Dolphins. For more football news, check out "It Is What It Is."


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