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08/11/2009 - 1:48pm
Report: Red Sox sign draft pick for $750,000

Baseball America is reporting that the Red Sox have agreed to a deal (pending a physical) with 10th-round draft pick Brandon Jacobs on a $750,000 signing bonus. Jacobs, a football and baseball star at Parkview High School in Georgia, was recruited as a running back at Auburn. But he will bypass the opportunity to pursue a football career in order to begin his pro career as an outfielder in the Sox system. reported on Monday that Jacobs was close to an agreement with the Sox for second-round money. For more on Jacobs and other players who are or were considered "signability questions" among this year's Red Sox draft class, visit the Full Count blog.

08/11/2009 - 1:06pm
Report: Smoltz clears waivers

ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that Red Sox right-hander John Smoltz cleared waivers without any other team claiming him and the remainder of his one-year, $5.5 million deal (which includes incentives). Smoltz was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday, giving the team until this coming Sunday to either trade Smoltz, release him, or work out an agreement that would send him to the minors, likely to prepare for a reassignment to the bullpen.

08/11/2009 - 11:37am
Brady: I expect to play Thursday vs. Philly

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the media Tuesday morning that he's "expecting" to play Thursday night in New England's preseason opener against the Eagles in Philadelphia. "I hope so," Brady said when asked if Coach Bill Belichick was ready for him to play Thursday night. "We haven’t talked about it, but he told the guys everybody needs to be ready to play, so I’m expecting to play. There’s no reason I wouldn’t. I’ve been out here and doing everything, and it’ll be nice to get out there and play some football." For more Patriots' updates, check out our blog, "It Is What It Is."

08/11/2009 - 12:01am
Papelbon: No one has thrown knockout punch in A.L. East

After recording the final four outs in Monday night's 6-5 win over the Tigers for his 28th save, Jonathan Papelbon declared that the Red Sox haven't given up on the A.L. East, despite a four-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees in the Bronx. "The thing is in this division, with us and the Yankees, and you play so many games, it's like a heavyweight title fight," Papelbon said. "We got beat the beat the past couple of rounds and there's still a lot more rounds to play and no one's thrown that knockout blow." The Red Sox drew to within 5 1/2 games when the Yankees lost at home to the Blue Jays. For more, visit the Full Count blog. 

08/10/2009 - 10:38pm
Red Sox snap six-game skid with a 6-5 win over Tigers

Despite blowing an early four-run lead, the Red Sox ended a six-game losing skid with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Dustin Pedroia belted a two-run, first-inning homer off Edwin Jackson while Nick Green and Jason Bay added solo shots as the Red Sox raced out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. But the Tigers tied the game with two runs off reliever Manny Delcarmen in the seventh, robbing Brad Penny of the win. Green drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Delcarmen got the win while Jonathan Papelbon left the tying and go-ahead runs on in the eighth and got the final four outs for his 28th save in 31 chances. The Red Sox drew to within 5 1/2 games of the Yankees, who lost at home to Toronto. For more, visit the Full Count blog. 

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