DOYLE AND POSEY
Former Salem High and Boston College star pitcher Terry Doyle, who recently signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox, used play with NL MVP catcher Buster Posey on the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
“My first summer I played with him he was our starting shortstop,” Doyle said. “He was an all-league shortstop and then the next year he was our catcher and an all-league catcher. He’s a great guy. He really, really works hard. The numbers he’s putting up and the accolades he’s getting, he’s earned every bit of it.”
Doyle and Posey were two of 19 players from the 2007 Cape Cod League champion Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox chosen in the 2008 MLB draft.
Another note: Doyle played on the same team with former Red Sox Wily Mo Pena in Japan this past summer.
PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT
Ladies: If you’re still looking for a gift for your husband, fiance or boyfriend, buy him R.A. Dickey’s book, “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.”
ZENEVITCH NETS 20
Central Catholic graduate Katie Zenevitch of Methuen netted 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and also grabbed six rebounds but Boston College lost 68-59 to Arizona State yesterday afternoon.
Andover grad Nicole Boudreau added nine points and six rebounds.
CELTICS FORWARD FINED
Boston Celtics forward Chris Wilcox was fined $25,000 yesterday for making an obscene gesture to the crowd in Philadelphia on Friday night when the Kiss Cam put the spotlight on both him and teammate Jared Sullinger.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
The New England Patriots (9-3 overall, 4-1 home) play at home against the Houston Texans (11-1, 6-0 road) today at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Houston tight end Garrett Graham (concussion) will not play.
New England must win to maintain the No. 2 seed in the AFC because Denver won Thursday to improve to 10-3.
WHAT IS YOUK WAITING FOR?
Ex-Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is deciding between a one-year, $12 million deal from the Yankees and a two-year, $18 million contract offer from the Indians.
Seems simple to me. How could he not go with the Yankees, who make the playoffs routinely and are offering a larger annual salary?
PITCHING MARKET OPENING UP
With Zack Greinke, the best free agent pitcher on the market, to be introduced soon as newest addition to the Dodgers’ starting staff, the starting pitching market should become a lot more active in the next couple of weeks.
Anibal Sanchez likely will be the next big free agent starter to sign and expect him to be pricey enough that the Boston Red Sox won’t make too serious a run at him.
Boston needs to add a starting pitcher and Kyle Lohse, Shaun Marcum, Ryan Dempster, Edwin Jackson and Francisco Liriano are the most attractive names on the free agent market after Sanchez.
Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star recently reported that Jackson’s market seems “very cool.” Jackson received just a one-year deal last year. Seems he could be headed in that direction again this offseason.
The Red Sox made a two-year, $25 million offer to Dempster but he turned it down, according to ESPNBoston.com.
Two national baseball reporters who you have to start following on Twitter if you don’t already: CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal.
Follow Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher Smith @ChrisSmithET