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Friday August 1, 2014


  • Clearing the Bases - Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 | 6:48 am

    Over 10 years later, Red Sox look to finally trade Lester

    It was December of 2003 that the Boston Red Sox first considered trading Jon Lester. He was going to be a throw-in in the mega-deal sending Manny Ramirez to Texas for Alex Rodriguez. The attempted trade was nullified by the players’ union because it would reduce Rodriguez’s salary. It would have been one of the biggest goofs in Red Sox history and, if the deal was made, Boston may still […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday Jul 29, 2014 | 9:19 am

    Red Sox message to Doubront: “Don’t like it? Pitch better”

    Years ago I met a minor league manager who ordered a bunch of T-shirts for his players. The shirts featured a five-word slogan: “Don’t like it? Play better.” The message was simple. The game of baseball isn’t always fair, and players will think they deserve a better opportunity than their manager or front office is giving them. But there is only one solution to the problem: Keep playing and keep […]

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  • In The Huddle - Monday Jul 28, 2014 | 11:21 am

    A couple of thoughts for a rainy Monday

    The New England Patriots have the day off Monday. No practice. Time to rest up after what sounded like a fast and furious weekend. So that gives us some time to think about a couple of the early storylines in camp. – Don’t be surprised if a rookie starts somewhere on the offensive line this year. The Patriots invested heavily in the offensive line in the draft, selecting center Bryan […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Monday Jul 28, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Who could Red Sox get for Lester?

    In Sunday’s column, we looked at trade possibilities for the Red Sox as the deadline nears (Thursday). We included the name of Los Angeles Dodgers’ prime prospect, outfielder Joc Pederson.’s Jon Heman looks at a potential deal involving the Dodgers and Red Sox ace Jon Lester. Among the outfielders that Boston is reportedly interested in is Pederson, as well as veteran Matt Kemp, who has been limited by injuries […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Sunday Jul 27, 2014 | 7:20 am

    Might the Red Sox trade Henry Owens?

    In today’s column, we look at who else the Red Sox might trade (after sending Jake Peavy to the Giants) and who they might want to trade for. Among the valuable trade chips Boston has is its plethora of pitching prospects. In Portland, we have watched Henry Owens dominate in Double-A (13-4, 2.56 ERA; 123 strikeouts in 116 innings). General manager Ben Cherington has said that he prefers to challenge […]

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    In The Huddle - Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    Lots of learning for UMaine’s Johnson on Day 1 of Training Camp

    Some thoughts from Day One of the New England Patriots training camp: Former University of Maine wide receiver Derrick Johnson had a busy day. In addition to running all the drills with wide receivers, he was running around with the special teams units as well. He knows it’s good to show versatility if he wants to earn one of the 53 roster spots this fall. “I did a lot of […]

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  • In The Huddle - Wednesday Jul 23, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    “Welcome to football season”

    With those four words, Bill Belichick opened the New England Patriots 2014 season Wednesday afternoon. Yes, training camp doesn’t officially open until Thursday with a practice at 9:15 a.m. But as Belichick noted in his early-morning press conference, players have been floating around Gillette Stadium for days, with many already completing their conditioning test. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Belichick’s time with the media: Rob Gronkowski is […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Can the Red Sox actually catch up?

    So the Red Sox beat Toronto 14-1 on Monday. Fourteen runs? That once was the total Red Sox output for a week. Maybe they actually be a contender again. Tom Caron is thinking that in his column. The blog will be taking a break for a few days, so it will be interesting to see how the standings change this week. AL EAST Baltimore   54-44 New York 50-48 (4 back) […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 5:53 am

    Look at that Red Sox outfield; Dogs in a race

    What’s all this talk about the unproductive Boston outfield? Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Shane Victorino each had two hits in the Red Sox 6-0 win over Kansas City Sunday, with Nava collecting three RBI. Throw in two hits from everyday utility player Brock Holt (at third on Sunday) and there are eight of Boston’s nine hits (David Ross’ two-run homer the other). Suddenly, the Red Sox have won […]

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