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12/07/2010 - 11:33pm
Epstein: Sox made several relief offers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that his team has made “a number” of offers to free-agent relievers of both the right- and left-handed variety, and that while he had suggested some discomfort with the price of free agents in years and dollars, “for the right player, I’ve come to grips with it.”

“We’ve had offers out on a few guys for a while now,” said Epstein. “Before we got down here, we had a few instances. Those haven’t gone anywhere. We’ve made a few other offers here as well.”

Epstein said that the team’s only formal offers to free agents have been relievers, meaning that the team has yet to make an official bid on any of the right-handed hitters and/or outfielders on the market. He also suggested that, while he stated a preference for a right-handed hitter, the team would prefer “a good player,” and that...

12/07/2010 - 11:07pm
Upon further review: B's beat Sabres in OT

Nathan Horton scored the tying goal with 6:21 left in the third period and Mark Recchi deflected Dennis Seidenberg's shot in for the game-winning power-play goal in overtime as the Bruins beat the Sabres, 3-2, Tuesday night at Boston Garden. It was the second matchup of U.S. Olympic goalies from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver as Tim Thomas got the better of Ryan Miller. Thomas turned away Derek Roy on the doorstep 40 seconds into overtime to keep the game tied. 

 

Luke Adam took a four-minute high-sticking penalty to the face of Marc Savard with 3:14 left in overtime to set-up the game-winning chance. Seidenberg took a slap shot from the high slot that beat Miller up top. But Recchi's goal wasn't confirmed until a stoppage and review a minute later. 

 

The Bruins jumped out on top when Milan Lucic fired a shot shot that rang off the near post and past Miller at 13:21 of the first period. It was Lucic's team-leading...

12/07/2010 - 5:34pm
Belichick: 'It certainly came together'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Tuesday, a day after his team took over sole possession of first place in the AFC East (and the AFC) with a 45-3 humiliation of the Jets. Belichick was pleased with the overall effort of his now 10-2 team.

 

"The players really did a good job," said Belichick, who also credited Kevin Faulk with helping out in a leadership role in practice during the week. "We had a good week of practice and preparation and it certainly came together for the most part last night. I just think that the players did a really good job … we were able to really execute well last night and played a good game all around. We got off to a fast start and were able to sustain it for 60 minutes."

 

Tom Brady had another brilliant performance in the victory, throwing for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He and Belichick got an early start in preparation for...

12/07/2010 - 4:47pm
Tek to play more than 'average backup'

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Speaking to reporters at the winter meetings at the Dolphin Resort Hotel, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that catcher Jason Varitek will find his way into the Red Sox lineup a good deal, with the Sox taking advantage of the catcher's ability to hit left-handed pitching.

 

"Oh, I'm sure some of it will depend on health and production," said Francona when asked if Varitek would share time with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. " I think Tek's done a enough job where if you take away that broken bone last year, and Tek is having a heck of a year. He kind of bounced back [saying], 'Hey, I can do this and keep playing.' So Tek's going to play more than probably the average backup catcher, if that's what you're asking, sure."

 

Francona also touched on a variety of other Red Sox topics:

 

— The Red Sox currently view Jed Lowrie as someone who can help in a...

12/07/2010 - 4:08pm
Sox haven't ruled out on Carl Crawford

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- According to multiple sources familiar with the team's thinking, the Red Sox have not ruled out the pursuit of free agent Carl Crawford. However, several team and industry sources suggest that the seven-year, $126 million deal that Jayson Werth signed with the Phillies could complicate that pursuit.

 

The Sox appear unlikely to change their opinion of Crawford's value (and the kind of offer they are willing to make) as a reaction to the Werth contract. Even so, if Werth's deal proves an outlier, rather than a baseline, then it is conceivable that Boston could still be in the mix for the speedy All-Star. That said, the timetable for negotiations with Crawford are complicated by the fact that they are somewhat dependent on when and with whom Cliff Lee signs, since teams such as the Yankees and Rangers could turn their attentions to Crawford should they fail to land the left-hander.

 

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