Beckett is a Bust

Beckett is a Bust

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett cranes his neck as he watches Greg Norton's first inning two out two run home run sail out of the park.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

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"It was just a (horse bleep) performance. It was just pitch execution. I let some things get to me. They put the good part of the bat on the ball. They were hitting balls at guys early in the game, and they stopped hitting them at guys." -- 9.27.06, Josh Beckett dusting off the tired execution excuse for the last time this year

In Henry He Trusts

Extra Bases: Schilling Tries to Clear the Air on Coming Back
and Talks About His Trust in John Henry

“I just don’t envision a scenario in which John Henry allows Theo Epstein to field a team that can’t win a World Series, and Mr. [Tom] Werner included." -- 9.27.06, Curt Schilling is confident in the ownership

Manny Being Ornery
(And Making His Manager Look Silly Again)

“Francona talked with Manny Ramirez yesterday when the left fielder was working out, and after the discussion, the manager thought he'd have the slugger in last night's starting lineup.

"But an hour later, Ramirez, who has appeared in only one game since Sept. 9 (as a pinch-hitter last Saturday), called Francona and told him that he wasn't able to play, so he was scratched from the lineup. Francona said Ramirez mentioned he was hoping to play Friday in the opener of the season-ending three-game set with Baltimore, but at this point, Francona seemed to indicate there wasn't much point of him doing so.

"Ramirez typically was not in a talkative mood, but he sent some words in the direction of a few media members who were in the clubhouse about an hour before the first pitch.

" 'You guys got the story. Get out,' he snapped." -- 9.27.06, Steven Krasner, Providence Journal

Bradford: Shortstop Gonzo Hopes for Extended Stay

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Boston Globe:

Red Sox agree to deal with Pierzynski > Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish > Sox face arbitration decisions

Boston Herald:

Sox set Bailey, Kalish free > Doug Fister dealt to Nats > White Sox agree to 1-year contract with C Flowers

ProJo:

Pierzynski reaches deal with Red Sox > Kalish, Bailey non-tendered > Mike Napoli still ideal at first base > Middlebrooks, Red Sox both looking for improvement

NY Post:

Cashman pessimistic on Yankees re-signing Cano > Report: A-Rod called PEDs 'Food'

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