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August 2, 2013

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Newell’s Best

With the brand new Newell Stadium set to debut on September 6, the Gloucester Daily Times will be taking a trip through the past counting down the best Gloucester High School football teams of all time from August 12- August 24.

If there are any teams that you feel are great and would like to nominate for the countdown contact Sports Editor Nick Curcuru at ncurcuru@gloucestertimes.com or 978-283-7000 ext. 3444.

Peavy Debut

Jake Peavy will make his first start in a Red Sox uniform on Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m.). The newly acquired right handed pitcher will be opposed by Arizona’s Patrick Corbin.

Peavy was acquired by the Red Sox from the White Sox on Tuesday in a trade that sent Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers. The Sox are hoping Peavy solidifies their starting rotation. In Chicago this season he has compiled a record of 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA. His addition to the rotation automatically makes Peavy the staff’s most prolific strikeout pitcher.

Ban helps Yanks

Could the lengthy suspension expected to be handed down to Alex Rodriguez be a plus for the New York Yankees, you bet it is. The Yankees front office made a terrible move in 2007 extending A-Rod for another 10 years and $275 million dollars. Now that the former MVP’s skills have diminished the Yankees are on the hook for another $100M plus and four more years of the third baseman.

But if Rodriguez is suspended the Yankees will not have to pay him while he is out, giving the team much more salary flexibility and bailing them out for signing the worst contract in sports.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed his displeasure with the situation on Thursday.

“If Bud lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,” the Orioles manager told USA Today. “If they can reset, they can spend again, and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”

Showalter is referring to his All Star catcher and his worries that the Yankees will be able to pay him more money than anybody else if Rodriguez’s contract is off the books.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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