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05/11/2009 - 11:37pm
Report: Velazquez joins Red Sox

According to Pawtucket Red Sox radio announcer Dan Hoard's blog, Shortstop Gil Velazquez was unavailable for the PawSox in their 9-1 win over Columbus Monday night, taking a cross country trip to join the Red Sox in Anaheim as insurance in case infielders Kevin Youkilis or Dustin Pedroia wouldn't be sidelined for longer than expected. If called into active duty it would be Velazqez' third stint with the Red Sox, having made the trip to the West Coast with Boston in April when Jed Lowrie was forced to the 15-day disabled list with his wrist injury. In other PawSox news, starting pitcher Michael Bowden turned in another standout performance, giving up one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings. Amazingly, that performance actually raised his ERA, from 1.04 to 1.06.


05/11/2009 - 5:24pm
Duquette discusses how Red Sox handled steroid use during his tenure

Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette went on the Big Show to discuss former Sox player Lou Merloni's recent description of a meeting in which players were informed not only about the dangers of steroids, but also about how to safely use them and of their potential benefits. Duquette said that the Sox had a club policy of abstinence from steroids, and did not encourage their use, but did want to try to educate players about steroids to minimize the associated health risks.

"The club policy was abstinence. The club policy was abstinence. And that was Major League Baseball’s policy," said Duquette. "That was communicated first. Beyond that, if a player made a choice, I thought it was important that they understand what the risks were."

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05/11/2009 - 5:16pm
Patriots sign WR Nunn

The Patriots signed rookie free agent wide receiver Terrence Nunn Monday afternoon. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Nunn, 22, played four seasons at the University of Nebraska from 2004-07. The 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver appeared in 49 games with 37 starts for the Cornhuskers and caught 136 passes for 1,762 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 136 career receptions ranked second in Nebraska history, just seven shy of the school record (143). For more Patriots' news, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is."


05/11/2009 - 3:17pm
Walker fined $2,500 for 'sucker punch' of Aaron Ward

 The National Hockey League today announced that Hurricanes forward Scott Walker has been fined $2,500 for the "sucker punch" of Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward that occurred at the 17:13 mark of the third period of Sunday night's Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. There will be no additional punishment assessed. Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said that doctors thought Ward might have suffered a fractured orbital bone, and he is still a question mark for Game 6 Tuesday night against the Hurricanes in Raleigh.
Walker was originally assessed an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the third period, which earns an automatic one-game suspension pending a ruling by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell. Campbell apparently ruled that Walker's late game actions didn't merit a suspension despite being the third man in and throwing the "sucker punch" while Ward clearly had his gloves on.
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05/11/2009 - 1:13pm
Ward still being checked, will make flight to Carolina

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward is still getting checked out by the Bruins medical staff following last night's incident with Carolina winger Scott Walker, but he will fly with the team down to Raleigh/Durham for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup semifinal series. Julien indicated that the doctors are continuing to evaluate Ward's left eye, but the team won't be bringing any extra defenseman with them in case Ward's injury keeps him from playing. Julien indicated after Sunday night's game that Ward might have an orbital fracture around the eye following a "sucker punch" from Walker. "I know that Ward has had injuries in that area before, so he's pretty sensitive to anything like that," said teammate Mark Recchi. "We're hoping that he's okay."


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