Patriots release Joseph Addai

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Patriots release Joseph Addai

Let the cuts begin.

Yes, it's early. Patriots training camp hasn't even started yet. Still, that doesn't mean guys can't lose their jobs, a fact of which Joseph Addai is well aware right now.

The Patriots announced on Wednesday that Addai has been released.

It's a bit of a puzzling move because the he figured to be a decent fit in New England. Addai was signed back in May after a six-year stay with Indianapolis. Even if he had lost a step or two, at the time, he was viewed as a capable back used to playing in a pass-happy offense. His hands were thought to be good enough to be an option as a receiver out of the backfield, and he figured to have enough experience to perform blitz-pickup duties.

And he was only 29 years old. He had to have had something left in the tank, was the thought.

Well, maybe not.

The move leaves the Patriots a little thinner at running back. Second-year backs Shane Vereen and Stephen Ridley are back, as is Danny Woodhead. After that, there's undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss Brandon Bolden, and that's it.

Addai made 75,000 guaranteed in the form of a signing bonus.

Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

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Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

Clay Buchholz hopes ot lead off the afternoon game better than his last start, where he game up a home run and double to leadoff the game against Chicago.

The righty has a career 4.10 ERA against Texas in 41.2 innings pitched against Texas with a 1-5 record.

Unfortunately for Boston, Buchholz is even worse at Globe Life Park. The righty is 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in 21.2 at the Rangers home field.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz DH
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Ryan LaMarre LF
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Clay Buchholz RHP

RANGERS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Bryan Holaday C
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Martin Perez LHP