Red Sox claim Rosario off waivers from A's


Red Sox claim Rosario off waivers from A's

Hopefully Sandy Rosario didn't get too far in his packing for Oakland.

GM Ben Cherington announced today that the Red Sox have claimed Rosario off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

Rosario, who was acquired by Oakland from Boston in exchange for a player to be named later (RHP Graham Godfrey), was designated for assignment two days later by the Athletics on November 30.

Rosario was originally claimed by Boston off waivers from the Miami Marlins on October 17.

From the Sox press release:

The right-hander posted a 1.04 ERA (3 ER26.0 IP) with 16 saves and 24 strikeouts over 25 appearances for Miamis Triple-A club in New Orleans in 2012, all in relief.  In addition, he made six outings between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville last season, including four on rehab.  Rosario also appeared in four Major League games with Miami in 2012, allowing six runs over 3.0 innings.  This offseason, he has appeared in 12 games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League.

Originally signed as an international free agent in 2004, Rosario has compiled a 30-18 record with 47 saves, a 3.15 ERA (137 ER391.0 IP) and 403 strikeouts over 181 career minor league outings in the Marlins system, including 35 starts.  He has pitched in 10 big league games over the last three seasons for the Marlins, yielding 13 runs in 7.2 innings.

The Red Sox 40-man roster is now at 39.

Five quick impressions: Patriots 27, Steelers 16

Five quick impressions: Patriots 27, Steelers 16

The Patriots went into Pittsburgh and beat an under-manned Steelers team Sunday afternoon, 27-16. Here are some of our quick takeaways.

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-- With all eyes on the matchup between Antonio Brown and Malcolm Butler, the third-year Patriots corner held his own. After allowing nine catches for 133 yards to Brown in their first meeting last season, Butler allowed Brown to catch five passes for 90 yards Sunday. Butler also took advantage of some of the chances taken by Landry Jones, intercepting one pass intended for Brown in the end zone in the first quarter. Butler finished the day with two pass breakups and a pick on 10 targets. The four catches he allowed to Brown were the only catches he allowed in the game. 

-- Julian Edelman looked like Julian Edelman in the win. He caught 9 of the 10 targets sent his way for 60 yards, getting open underneath while seeing one-on-one coverage for much of the contest. Edelman has been on the injury report for the last two weeks, limited with a foot injury, but he was able to get open on the intermediate routes that has made him one of Tom Brady's favorite targets over the last few years. Edelman did have one drop on third down, and he did fumble a punt return, which allows us to . . . 

-- . . . take a look at what was a rough day for Patriots special teams units. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed yet another extra point -- his second in as many weeks. He has now missed five kicks on the season, including three field goals. The Patriots kickoff unit also had a difficult day, allowing three kicks to be returned past the 25-yard line. The punt-coverage team made one costly error at the end of the first half when Brandon Bolden kicked a bouncing ball out of the back of the Steelers end zone. Instead of the Pittsburgh drive starting at the 6-yard line, where Bolden touched the football, it came out to the 20. At the end of the half, the Steelers kicked a 32-yard field goal. Bolden also dropped a third-down pass that would have gone for a first down. On another punt, it appeared as though Bolden got up slowly after trying to down the ball near the goal line. It was his first game back after suffering a knee injury in Week 4.

-- LeGarrette Blount had a big day against his former team. The 250-pound back didn't want to be a story line earlier in the week, denying interview requests, saying that he would speak after the game on Sunday. His performance at Heinz Field will certainly keep those requests coming. He ran 24 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, beating up on the Steelers front-seven late in the game as New England protected its lead. 

-- While the Patriots offensive line provided Blount with enough room to run, it was a relatively sloppy day for Brady's protection up front. Left tackle Nate Solder turned in one drive during which he allowed a pressure and was then flagged for back-to-back holding penalties (one of which was declined). Shaq Mason also appeared to have trouble with Pittsburgh's Jarvis Jones, allowing a couple of pressures and picking up a flag for holding. Joe Thuney and David Andrews -- both of whom had good blocks on James White's score -- also picked up penalties. There will be plenty for offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia to pick at and try to improve in the coming week of practice.