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09/06/2011 - 4:43pm
Pats cut former 2nd-round pick Butler
By: DJ Bean

Cornerback Darius Butler tweeted Tuesday that his time with the Patriots is over, with multiple outlets reporting the team cut its 2009 second-round pick. 

Tweeted ButlerIts been real New England. I was blessed to have a chance to play and start my NFL career here. But its time to open a new chapter. Thx #patsnation.

In two professional seasons since being drafted out of UConn, Butler has totaled 58 tackles and three interceptions.

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09/06/2011 - 4:20pm
Beckett likely to miss Sunday start

TORONTO -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, whose right ankle is being examined in Boston on Tuesday afternoon after he had to leave Monday's start against the Blue Jays, is almost certain to miss his next scheduled outing on Sunday, according to Sox manager Terry Francona.

"I think that's probably common sense," said Francona.

While the Sox are still awaiting the results of the exam, Beckett (12-5 with a 2.49 ERA in a team-leading 173 2/3 innings) told team trainer Mike Reinold that he is feeling some improvement today.

"I think he was actually doing OK, good enough to complain about going [for the exam]," said Francona.

With Beckett likely to miss Sunday and Erik Bedard being skipped on Friday to rest his sore left knee, the Sox will have John Lackey start on Friday, with rookie Kyle Weiland making a start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

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09/06/2011 - 3:51pm
Bruschi on Waters wearing No. 54: 'It's time'

Retired Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said that he welcomed the idea of new Patriots offensive lineman Brian Waters wearing No. 54, the uniform number that no New England player had worn since Bruschi retired prior to the 2009 season.

"It's time," said Bruschi. "It's time."

Bruschi, now an ESPN analyst who was making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that he felt that it was good for an organization to have players wear the number of franchise greats, feeling that it would instill a sense of obligation towards the franchise. Bruschi said that he respects Waters quite a bit, recalling that the guard had great hands that permitted him to be a blocking force while with the Chiefs.

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09/06/2011 - 3:03pm
Lineup: McDonald in right vs. LHP Perez

With the Red Sox facing Blue Jays southpaw Luis Perez, Darnell McDonald will get the start in right field over Josh Reddick, continuing a platoon pattern that has prevailed since July. Despite his .347 average and .945 OPS against lefties this year, Jed Lowrie is also out of the lineup for the third straight game since leaving Saturday's contest in what the Sox deemed a precautionary measure after he felt discomfort in his shoulder. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is behind the plate for Sox starter Jon Lester.

For a detailed look at how Perez has done against the Sox and how Blue Jays hitters have performed against Lester, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
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09/06/2011 - 9:33am
Brady on D&C: Belichick 'tells us everything'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, as the Pats prepare for their season-opener Monday night in Miami.

Bill Belichick is the subject of an NFL Films documentary set to air Sept. 15. Brady was asked what the public will learn from this inside look at the Patriots coach.

"He never wants to give away information that's going to help another team," Brady said. "Whether that's injuries, whether that's game-planning, whether that's what his thoughts on a particular player are. He never wants to put us at a disadvantage. With us, it's the total opposite of what the people in the media get when they ask him a question, because he doesn't want to tell them anything. With us, he tells us everything.

"It's just part of his philosophy, and that's what he really preaches to us: Guys we're not talking about injuries, we're not talking about game film, we're not...

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