Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci reports that even before the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira, the Red Sox contacted the Marlins about the availability of shortstop Hanley Ramirez. The former Sox prospect has been an offensive force in the MLB averaging about 125 runs, 50 stolen bases, and 30 home runs a season, with a career batting average of .308 and a career on-base percentage of .379. Despite his slightly lower stolen base total in 2008, he hit his career high in home runs (33) and doubled his walk total of the year before. The Sox reportedly offered outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, pitcher Clay Buchholz, and other possible prospects. Talks appear to have stalled, and the Sox would need to offer the Marlins a lot of value to snag the SS and his comparatively tiny (at least to Teixeira’s) 6-year $70 million contract.Boston Red Sox Tickets are available now!
The New York Rangers won in dramatic fashion at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Down 4-1 in the third period, the Rangers battled back to drop 4 points on the Islanders, and help hold on to their lead in the Atlantic Division. Petr Prucha, who has not seen much ice time this year, scored one of the key goals jst 49 seconds into the final period. “I got lucky,” Prucha told AP writer Ira Podell. “It’s tough being out of the lineup for so long, and it was frustrating. I got the chance to play again and scored, so hopefully I will be in the lineup for the next game.” Left wing Nigel Dawes put the nail in the coffin on a shot assisted by Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan with just 19 seconds to go in the game. On January 3rd the Rangers will face the Capitals in Washington at 7:00pm.
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After the Yankees spent big money to lock up CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, the Red Sox have singed Brad Penny to a low risk/high reward contract. Penny agreed to a 1-year $5 million guaranteed contract, with up to $3 million in incentives. The righty spent most of the 2008 season sidelined with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, which influenced his decision to sign with Boston. “The Red Sox have a sophisticated system for dealing with pitching shoulders,” Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors writes, “so it’s an interesting match”. This signing sets up the Sox projected rotation to include: Brad Penny, Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Jon Lester; leaving Justin Masterson as either a spot-starter or in the set-up role for Jonathan Papelbon.
Penny will undergo a physical in Boston on January 7th, and pending the results he will begin a pre-season throwing program. The Red Sox also signed catcher Josh Bard to a $1.6 million non-guaranteed contract.
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Former Patriots defensive coordinators Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini have been fired from their respective head coaching jobs. Crennel left the pats to helm a rebuilding Cleveland Browns team, and led them to a 24-40 in his tenure. Mangini left for the rival New York Jets, making the playoffs in his first year but ultimately leading them to a 23-25 record. Crennel was dealt a difficult hand with a quarterback controversy (the rollercoaster Derek Anderson versus the seemingly underachieving Brady Quinn), and Mangini dealt with difficult turnover. Despite signing on legendary QB Brett Favre, the Jets lost tough games this season, including an uninspired week 17 loss to the division rival Dolphins.
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After long negotiations and huge amounts of speculation, the New York Yankees have signed Mark Teixeira to a 8 year $180 million contract. Despite rumors that the Red Sox were frontrunners, and that the Nationals offered the most money, Teixeira opted for pinstripes and a full no-trade clause. Full terms of the deal have not been announced yet.
The Yankees are still rumored to be after Manny Ramirez as well.
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The official seating chart for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic has been released! The New Year’s Day matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the season.
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ESPN’s Buster Olney and Peter Gammons are reporting that free agent 1B Mark Teixeira‘s decision on where he will spend the next 6-10 years of his career is “imminent.” An announcement is expected today. All signs point to the Red Sox as front-runners with the Washington Nationals trailing just behind. Teixeira batted .308 with 33 home runs and 121 RBI in 2008. (more)
My Bloody Valentine hasn’t released an album in 17 years. Up until earlier this year, they had not gone on a proper tour in 15 years. Their die-hard fans’ patience was rewarded by a string of European festival appearances, as well as a string of dates across North America. The legendary shoegaze band brought their ear-splitting show back on the road – and didn’t seem to have missed a beat since the early 90′s.
What has fans really excited is the prospect of a new My Bloody Valentine album finally being finished. MBV mastermind Kevin Shields finally seems to have found his motivation to finish the follow up to 1991′s Loveless. “I realized that all that stuff I was doing in 1996 and 1997 was a lot better than I thought” Shields told the New York Time’s Jon Pareles. According to Shields, the band plans to finish the partially-completed album, as well as record new material as well. Rumors of an extensive world tour in support of those albums have been heard as well.
In the short term, a reissue of MBV classic Loveless is scheduled to be released in January of 2009.
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