Welker's contract talks 'gotten worse'
Wide receiver Wes Welker's contract talks with the New England Patriots have "gotten worse," according to the Boston Herald.
The offer now "is less than the two-year, $16 million fully guaranteed contract that was offered to him during the 2011 regular season," the Herald states.
Still, Welker has signed the $9.5 million franchise tender the Patriots placed on him earlier this offseason.
Melancon dominating Triple-A
Reliever Mark Melancon, who surrendered 11 earned runs (49.50 ERA) on 10 hits including five home runs in his first four outings for Boston this season before being demoted to Pawtucket, is dominating in Triple-A. He earned his fifth save Wednesday. Entering last night, he had pitched 13 innings for Pawtucket and hadn't allowed a run — or even a walk — yet while scattering nine hits and striking out 21 batters.
Iglesias heating up
Highly-touted shortstop Jose Iglesias had stroked at least two hits in nine of his past 13 games entering last night, increasing his average to .267 and his on-base percentage to .324. His first home run of the season came Tuesday. All but four of his 36 hits have been singles.
On the Air
Rockport's Jon Perry, a member of the Gloucester/Rockport co-op tennis team will be appearing on North Shore 104.9's North Shore Sports Desk this morning (8:00 a.m.) as the Cape Ann Savings Bank Student Athlete of the Week. Rockport softball coach Dianne Parisi will be this morning's "Coffee with the Coach" guest.
-Compiled by Christopher Smith and Nick Curcuru