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WEEI's coverage of the latest news and rumors about the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.

February 19, 2014 - 7:06 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For years, the mention of " Red Sox ownership" has had a well-defined meaning. The involvement of "the owners" in the team's processes meant the inclusion of three individuals: principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO/president Larry Lucchino . A name has been...
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February 18, 2014 - 5:59 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the middle of a challenging 2013 season, Will Middlebrooks suggested that he needed to find an edge. And now? "I've found it," he said Monday. Life seems different this spring than it did a year ago. Then, anointed a middle-of-the-order fixture in the Red Sox lineup for years...
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February 17, 2014 - 12:24 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On the cusp of his 20th professional season, Ryan Dempster made a decision that was little short of stunning. Though entitled to the $13.25 million guaranteed salary that awaited him in 2014, Dempster felt that he was not in position physically or emotionally to live up to his...
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February 15, 2014 - 9:15 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As he prepares for life as the Red Sox ' everyday shortstop, Xander Bogaerts will do so in possession of a uniform number with considerable meaning for his position. The number 2 that the 21-year-old has been given by the Sox is the same one that he always tried to claim while...
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February 15, 2014 - 1:46 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For many members of the Red Sox , the beginning of spring training this year marks the start of the effort to repeat the glory of the 2013 campaign. Bryce Brentz is not among them. While last year represented a form of redemption for many members of the organization, the exact...
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Mike Petraglia
February 14, 2014 - 7:03 pm
There was never a kindler, gentler or more loyal man than Dick Kelley. At least, none I have ever met in my 21 years of covering Boston sports. The man was pure gold to me. He was the perfect combination of friendly, honest, diligent, compassionate and professional in his 22 years in the Boston...
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Kirk Minihane
February 13, 2014 - 11:36 pm
The Yankees spent $471 million this offseason on free agents. The Red Sox spent about $425 million less. The Yankees added Jacoby Ellsbury , Brian McCann , Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka, three All-Stars and the top starting pitcher on the open market -- some serious A-list stuff. The Red Sox...
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February 13, 2014 - 6:30 am
The Derek Jeter era now has an end in sight. And so, the Yankees finally will learn about how the other half (or, more precisely, 97 percent) lives. Since Jeter laid claim to the everyday shortstop job in 1996, he's been a fixture of the Yankees lineup at the position. From 1996-2010, he played at...
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Rob Bradford
February 12, 2014 - 7:15 am
The questions revolved around his health, his preparation and even his weight. But not once during his mini-media session outside JetBlue Park Monday did Clay Buchholz talk about his contract. (That would come a bit later.) Think Jon Lester might have to talk a bit about financial futures when his...
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DJ Bean
February 10, 2014 - 9:23 pm
For the most part, players are chosen for the Olympics for a simple reason: They’re the best players in the world. Yet, as is seen in sports time and time again, there’s a difference between being the best and being able to win. In the case of many of the Bruins in the 2014 Winter Olympics, they...
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