Red Sox willing to add payroll to improve pitching

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Red Sox willing to add payroll to improve pitching

After Andrew Bailey went down with a thumb injury, the Red Sox bullpen doesn't look quite as strong as it should be as the 2012 season begins.

The Red Sox pitching shuffle has found Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront in the rotation and Alfredo Aceves closing out games for the team.

If these moves don't work out for the Red Sox, they could have an option to fall back on. According to the Boston Globe, Larry Lucchino revealed that the team would be willing to increase the team's payroll to improve the pitching staff.

Our goal is to field a team with more homegrown players, fewer free agents, and to have a more manageable payroll down the road." said Lucchino. "But if youre asking about this year, we understand that each year has to be taken on its own and this year our payroll is going to be, Id hate to make a guess, but itll be well over the 178 million dollar threshold.

Its important to us to get under the threshold when we can, depending on when the circumstances will allow us to do so, Lucchino added. Our first and fundamental obligation to our fans, the first and fundamental obligation of ownership, is to field a team thats worthy of the fans support. I think our track record over the past 10 years demonstrates that we honor that obligation and we will continue to honor that obligation.

If the Red Sox were to add some pitching depth one name that comes to mind is starter Roy Oswalt, whom the Red Sox were connected to during the offseason. The veteran right hander is eyeing a midseason return, and his signing would also bolster the bullpen as Bard or Doubront would lose their spot in the rotation.

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

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NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.

Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity

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Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.

Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.

Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.

Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.

Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.

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