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08/12/2009 - 2:09pm
Red Sox sign two-sport star Jacobs, near deal with Head

The Red Sox have now officially signed power-hitting outfielder Brandon Jacobs, a two-sport star who was recruited to play running back and baseball for Auburn, to a $750,000 bonus. Though Jacobs was a 10th-round selection, the Sox determined that he was worth money more typically conferred upon a pick in the early second round. Because Jacobs is a two-sport recruit, the Sox were able to spread his bonus over five years, making his present-day value closer to $600,000.
 
Red Sox scouting director Jason McLeod recently described Jacobs as having "goofy power. It's insane."
 
The Sox are also close to finalizing a deal with 26th round pick Miles Head, a power-hitting third baseman from Georgia. Head had been recruited to play at the University of Georgia, but the Sox convinced him to turn pro with a bonus (in the vicinity, according to multiple baseball sources, of $325,000) that would fit Major League Baseball's...

08/12/2009 - 12:28pm
Francona: Tazawa to make another start

Manager Terry Francona, in his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley Show, said that right-hander Junichi Tazawa is "penciled in" to make another start over the weekend in Texas. Tazawa pitched five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) and striking out six, to earn a win in his first major-league start on Tuesday against the Tigers.
 
Francona also discussed Tuesday night's brawl, his subsequent ejection from the game, and the playing-time crunch faced by the team's corner infielders, including Mike Lowell. Details will be posted soon at the Full Count blog.


08/12/2009 - 1:24am
Lowell: 'I don't know why you wouldn't want good bats in your lineup'

Mike Lowell, who was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday but hit two homers after replacing the ejected Kevin Youkilis in the second inning, admitted that he has found it "very difficult" to remain sharp while facing diminished playing time. The third baseman, who has been an everyday player throughout his career, has started in five of the Sox' 10 games since the arrival of Victor Martinez from Cleveland on Aug. 1.
 
Lowell has performed well despite having to check to see if his name is in the lineup, hitting .333 with a .440 OBP, 1.107 OPS, two homers and seven runs batted in this month.
 
"You kind of find yourself in a little bit of a groove and you kind of want to continue that day after day," said Lowell. "It is a challenge and it’s one for me that I’m unfamiliar with...You don’t feel totally in sync when you don’t play for a couple days."
 
While he...

08/11/2009 - 11:42pm
Lowell, Red Sox fight back, beat Tigers, 7-5, in brawl game at Fenway

Mike Lowell, filling in for the ejected Kevin Youkilis, connected for two home runs and drove in three as the Red Sox wiped out an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Tigers, 7-5, at Fenway Park. Youkilis charged the mound after getting drilled in the back by a Rick Porcello pitch in the second inning, starting a bench-clearing brawl. Five batters have been hit in the first two games between the two teams. Porcello was also tossed and his replacement, Chris Lambert, surrendered three home runs as 22-year-old rookie Junichi Tazawa earned the win in his first major league start. Sox manager Terry Francona was also ejected in second inning after J.D. Drew was called out at second on a stolen base attempt. The game was delayed by not only the fight but a rain delay of one hour, 21 minutes prior to the seventh. 


08/11/2009 - 9:41pm
Source: Powe to sign two year deal with Cavs

A source familiar with the negotiations has confirmed to WEEI.com that former Celtics forward Leon Powe is in Cleveland and will sign a two-year deal with the Cavaliers following the completion of the second part of his physical on Wednesday. According to the source, Powe, who tore his ACL last season, is expected to return in February.

 


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