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Boston's No. 1 offseason concern

Soon, the Red Sox will focus on gauging what it would take to pry John Farrell from the final year of his contract with Toronto. [Determining Farrell's status is] the first order of business in what figures to be a hectic offseason. But it won't compare to their impending waltz with Jacoby Ellsbury [stats]. Contractually, at least, the Red Sox control Ellsbury for one more season, leaving them obligated to do nothing more than repeat the arbitration process and give the center fielder another one-year raise from his $8.05 million salary before he reaches free agency. That would be the shortsighted course of action. The Red Sox surely will consider a multiyear extension for Ellsbury, but his value isn't easily determined. (Boston Herald) Comment

Scott blasts No. 4 overall pick

Byron Scott certainly spread his criticism around after Tuesday night's loss, but he reserved the most pointed commentary for Dion Waiters. Scott was so upset with [Waiters] that he benched him after just a minute in the fourth quarter. Waiters made just one of seven shots -- laying in an alley-oop from [C.J. Miles] before falling down -- and had four turnovers. So far in training camp, he hasn't looked like the No. 4 pick in the draft. "He struggled offensively big-time," Scott said. "I took him out in the second half because I drew up a play, guard ran the play, he messed it up. To me that was a lack of focus so I figured he didn't need to play the rest of the game." ... "I can't draw up a play during a timeout and you go on the floor and mess it up." (The Plain-Dealer) Comment

Lions getting Best back?

The sputtering Lions sure could use a little Jahvid Best these days. [The Lions believe Best] can have an instant and immense impact if doctors clear him to return from concussions when he's eligible to come off the physically-unable-to-perform list next week. "He changes this offense, no doubt," guard Rob Sims said. "You can't cover him out of the backfield." ... Once he's cleared, the Lions can start Best on a 21-day practice window or promote him to the active roster immediately. [Coach Jim Schwartz] said no decision has been made on how to handle Best's return, but Sims and center Dominic Raiola are confident Best will be a game-changer the minute he steps on the field. (Detroit Free Press) Comment

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The A's Coco Crisp robs Detroit's Prince Fielder of a home run in Game 3 of the ALDS in Oakland. (Reuters)

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