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09/30/2009 - 8:25pm
Beckett: 'Everything's back to normal'

Josh Beckett, after throwing a 62-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday that confirmed his readiness to make his start on Saturday, suggested that there were no lingering ill effects from the back stiffness that he forced him to miss his start on Monday. Beckett said that the cortisone shots he received have had the intended results.
 
"I feel great today," the pitcher said shortly before the start of Wednesday's game. "Everything's back to normal."


09/30/2009 - 5:18pm
It's official: Prescott Burgess returns to Pats

As expected, the Patriots signed linebacker Prescott Burgess to the practice squad today and released defensive lineman Adrian Grady. Burgess, 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, was acquired by New England on Sept. 22, in a trade with Baltimore for an undisclosed draft choice. He was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2007 out of Michigan. Burgess saw action in eight games as a rookie, posting seven special teams tackles before ending the year on injured reserve due to a hip injury. He spent the entire 2008 season on injured reserve with a forearm injury. Burgess saw action in Baltimore’s first two games of the 2009 season and was inactive last Sunday against Atlanta for New England. For more Patriots news, check out our blog, It Is What It Is.


09/30/2009 - 4:50pm
Bruins sign assistant general manager Jim Benning to multi-year extension

B's GM Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday afternoon that Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning has agreed to a multi-year extension with the club. Benning is entering his fourth year with the B's -- and third season as assistant GM -- after departing the Buffalo Sabres organization following a 12-year run in their front office. Don Sweeney was also named an assistant general manager of the Bruins last week, and both Sweeney and Benning will share the far-ranging hockey duties encompassed by the role. 
“Jim plays a critical role in our management group,” said Chiarelli. “He takes a very aggressive and proactive approach in his recommendations and assessments underscoring his tremendous management ability and experience.  His player evaluation is amongst the tops in the industry and his business acumen supplements our group greatly.  We were very fortunate as an organization to hire him...

09/30/2009 - 4:48pm
Theo: I think we're a really good club

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein feels confident about his team's chances going into its sixth postseason in the last seven years. "I think we're a really good club," Epstein said prior to Wednesday's game at Fenway. "I think if you look at what we accomplished this year, we're really good. I think there are a lot of really good teams out there. How are we going to play in October? No one can answer that. The track record of a lot of these players is they answer the bell when it matters most and we'll see if we do or we don't. I hope we do but that's not based on a feeling any one person has at the end of the year. It's based on how good we are and how well we play when it matters most." For much more from Theo's pregame address Wednesday, visit the Full Count blog. 


09/30/2009 - 3:35pm
Sobotka sent down to AHL Providence

The Bruins sent Vladimir Sobotka to the AHL's Providence Bruins on Wednesday afternoon in a surprise move just prior to the beginning of the NHL regular season Thursday. It appeared that Sobokta had made the big club in Boston after a solid final kick during the preseason, but the move sends a clear message that center David Krejci is 100 percent healthy to start the season. The B's now have 21 skaters on their active roster, with only one extra defenseman and a backup goaltender to go along with 19 players slated to skate against the Washington Capitals Thursday night. The Sobotka demotion was first reported by the Providence Journal on Wednesday afternoon.


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