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08/24/2010 - 12:08pm
Gammons: Tampa Bay didn't claim Damon

According to a Tweet from Peter Gammons, the Tigers have told Johnny Damon that the Red Sox didn't put a waiver claim in on the outfielder solely to block him from going to Tampa Bay or the Yankees, but with the primary motivation of helping them down the stretch drive. The Tweet also mentions that the Rays, who were after the Red Sox in the waiver wire order, didn't even claim Damon. Gammons wrote: "Tigers explained to Damon Boston didn't claim to block, they want him. Tampa didn't even claim him." For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/24/2010 - 11:51am
Olney on D&H: Expect Damon in Boston
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ESPN.com senior writer Buster Olney appeared on the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday to discuss what player movement might occur between now and the Aug. 31 deadline for waiver deals. In particular, he addressed the immediate futures of two former Red Sox outfielders: Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.

 

Olney said that he expects that, despite Damon's initial misgivings about returning to the Red Sox (who were awarded a waiver claim of the outfielder on Monday), he will be convinced to return to the team for whom he became an icon from 2002-05 and then a villain while a member of the Yankees from 2006-09.

 

"Knowing what kind of a teammate he is, knowing that he's a good guy, a genial guy, once he starts getting the text messages and phone calls from the people he played with in Boston, I think he'll be sold on the idea eventually of going back to Boston," said Olney. "It's fairly clear he has some...

08/24/2010 - 11:04am
Belichick on Maroney: 'I think he's ready'

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave a vote of confidence on Tuesday to Laurence Maroney. 

 

Belichick, asked if the running back in his fifth year out of Minnesota, had tackled his fumbling issues from last season, indicated that he was pleased with what Maroney has shown so far in camp. 

 

"Every guy has always got something he can work on and do better," Belichick said. "I think Laurence has worked hard and has been out there every day and taken his reps and I think he's ready to go." 

 

After fumbling just once in his rookie season, Maroney didn't fumble a carry in 2007 and 2008. But last season, Maroney fumbled four times, losing all four. Maroney is in a battle with Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor and BenJarvus Green-Ellis for playing time as a lead tailback. 

 

All four could see significant playing time Thursday night as the 2-0 Patriots...

08/24/2010 - 11:02am
Report: Mankins to sit out entire 2010 season

FOXBORO -- Two time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins is reportedly willing to sit out the entire 2010 season if he doesn't get the contract he wants from the Patriots.

 

The Boston Herald, citing friends of Mankins, reported he has saved most of the $7 million he has earned in his five years in the NFL and is in no rush to end his holdout. There is currently a $3.26 million tender offer on the table from the Patriots that Mankins refuses to sign.

 

The guard will not get credit for the 2010 season if he does not report to the team by Week 10, which means he could possibly be in the same situation next season depending on the new collective bargaining agreement.

 

Mankins reportedly rejected a seven-year deal worth $45.5 million after the end of the 2009 season.

 

For more, visit the Patriots page at WEEI.com. 


08/24/2010 - 7:01am
McCann: 'Could be really bad for Clemens'

Speaking on The Dennis and Callahan Show, attorney Michael McCann, who also writes for SI.com, said he expects the Roger Clemens perjury case will go to trial and that the former pitcher's legal team will put up a good fight despite what appears to be a solid case from the prosecution. "Remember O.J. Simpson got off for murder," McCann said. "Just because a case seems so clear that doesn't mean there is gong to be a conviction."

 

Still, despite Clemens potentially making a strong case, McCann points out that there are reasons the former hurler should be concerned. The lawyer points out that Andy Pettitte's testimony is what Clemens should be concerned about, with the defense most likely not having the option of discrediting the Yankees pitcher like they will be most likely attempt to do in the case of Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee. "Andy Pettitte won't have any of that baggage. Andy Pettitte will be seen as...

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