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10/28/2011 - 12:12pm
Sources: Sox don't expect to deal Youkilis

Amidst speculation that the Red Sox could use third baseman Kevin Youkilis as a trade chip this offseason, multiple sources inside and outside the Sox organization suggest that it is unlikely that the Sox will deal the 32-year-old.

While the Red Sox will explore the trade market to address offseason needs -- including the need to fill two spots in the rotation -- Youkilis is not expected to be dealt for a number of reasons. While 2011 was a down year for him, he nevertheless remained one of the most productive offensive third basemen in the game. There are few, if any, third basemen available either internally or externally who could match the three-time All-Star’s lineup impact.

Moreover, Youkilis has a contract that permits the Sox to maintain payroll flexibility. He will receive a $12 million salary in 2012, with a team option for $13 million for 2013 (and a $1 million buyout).

Youkilis led major league third basemen in virtually...

10/28/2011 - 12:04pm
Chung on M&M: 'Not my decision' on Bodden

Only minutes after reports surfaced that the Patriots released cornerback Leigh Bodden, safety Patrick Chung joined the Mut & Merloni show for his weekly interview.

Chung deflected multiple questions about Bodden's release.

"It's not my decision," he said. "It's not my place to talk about that stuff. Whoever's here, we're going to play with whoever's here. … He's a good player, good person. That's all I can say on that. You can ask coach [Bill Belichick] about all those questions."

With Chung gone, rookie Ras-I Dowling might be forced to play a bigger role when he gets healthy.

"I think we have great players back there," Chung said. "Playing them, that's up to coach. I feel like everybody around the secondary, we're learning, we're getting better. Him playing, that's not my call or whatever. I feel everybody's good. We have an athletic backfield and we know what we're doing."

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10/28/2011 - 11:04am
Belichick mum on reported release of Bodden

FOXBORO -- According to a ProFootballTalk.com report, the Patriots have released cornerback Leigh Bodden.

At his Friday morning press conference, coach Bill Belichick said, "We don't have any announcements to make right now," but when asked to comment on Bodden's play, he said: "We'll skip that right now."

The 30-year-old Bodden has played eight seasons in the NFL, including two with the Patriots. He had 17 tackles and four passes defended in five games (one start) this season.

Check back for more details as they become available. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


10/28/2011 - 10:55am
Ference on D&C: Bruins need self-motivation

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly appearance Friday morning. In the Bruins' 2-1 loss to the Habs Thursday night, Ference was slashed to the face by a skate early in the first period. Although the laceration went down to his skull and required stitches to close up, Ference downplayed the severity of the injury.

"It would be embarrassing if I didn't go back out," Ference said of his return in the second period. "It's one thing if it's your leg or your hand, something that affects the game. It's just stitches, it doesn't really affect your game. That one was just kind of a standard one. The guys that come [back] out with cracked ribs and stuff like that, those are the guys that are a little crazy. But if it's just stitches, your teammates don't even bat an eye."

Ference was less concerned the injury and more with the state of the Bruins. Boston's loss to Montreal dropped the team to 3-6-0...

10/28/2011 - 9:53am
Lucchino on D&C: 'Stop dwelling on the past'

Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino participated in an often testy discussion on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, as he presented an impassioned defense of his boss, John Henry.

The arguing began a few minutes into the interview when Lucchino talked about new general manager Ben Cherington and made a reference to the media's role in publicizing the Red Sox' clubhouse discord.

"We were able to start a new chapter," Lucchino said. "I think Ben Cherington introduced himself beautifully the other day. You see the kind of general manager who is going to be leading the baseball operations of the Red Sox going forward. And we were able to make some progress and stop dwelling on the past and playing the blame game and doing all the nonsensical things that the media was leading us into. We were able to move forward. I think bifurcating those things was a good thing."

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