WGS finds Belichick's procon list for Chad Ochosomething


WGS finds Belichick's procon list for Chad Ochosomething

Man, Wicked Good Sports is getting really good at stealing recovering memos and lists from athletes and sports teams. Jokes on you, Mom, for thinking that being a janitorsports blogger was a stupid idea.

Anyway. The latest find? Bill Belichick's ProsCons list for the possibility of bringing Chad Ocho Cinco to New England. The coach's final decision isn't on the paper we found, but it's a great place to start. WGS has also been kind enough to annotate the whole thing for you.

You're welcome.

OCHO PRO: Don't hate him
CON: Doesn't shut up

OCHO PRO: Seven 1,000 yard seasons
CON: He's crazy

OCHO PRO: Is a list maker

CON: Has T.O. cooties

OCHO PRO: Is less of a baby than Wes Welker
CON: Is still kind of a baby

OCHO PRO: "Ocho Cinc O's" cereal is pretty delicious

CON: Might take attention off of Tom Brady

OCHO PRO: No hair issues anymore
CON: Tries to keep things... fun

OCHO PRO: Has experience with cameras

CON: Has Carson Palmer cooties
OCHO PRO: Signing him keeps him off the Jets roster
CON: He said he'd love to play for the Jets and Rex Ryan -- Why?
OCHO PRO: Free... supplies

CON: Tried Chad Jackson. Didn't work.

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start


Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision


Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.