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Report: Beckett arrested for tackling country singer

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Report: Beckett arrested for tackling country singer

Former Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was arrested early Saturday after he leaped at and tackled a singer in a band at a country music open mic night in Texas , TMZ reported.

Beckett, 37, was arrested for public intoxication and a police officer said he was "a danger to himself and others," according to the TMZ story.

Here's a photo of what Beckett admitted in the police report was "stage diving." 

Beckett’s lawyer called it was horseplay and the former pitcher, who retired in 2014 after 14 years in the majors with the Marlins, Red Sox and Dodgers has since apologized.

The singer told police he suffered serious injuries to his arm and neck, a torn rotator cuff and a dislocated shoulder.

Police say the incident is still under investigation.

It's not the first time Beckett, a native Texan, has had a famous - or infamous - incident with country music artists:

-- His ex-girlfriend, country singer Danielle Peck, was brought in by the Cleveland Indians to sing the national anthem before Beckett's start in Game 5 of the 2007 ALCS. The move backfired when Beckett shut down the Indians for eight innings and struck out 11 in a 7-1 victory that staved off elimination for the Red Sox, who would go on to win the pennant and World Series.  

--Beckett, and the rest of the Red Sox rotation at the time, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield, appeared in Kevin Fowler's music video for the song, "I Like Beer" in the summer of 2011. Beckett was considered one of the ringleaders of the "chicken-and-beer" crew that was blamed for the Sox' September collapse that season. 

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Dodgers send Adrian Gonzalez to Braves, re-acquire Kemp

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Dodgers send Adrian Gonzalez to Braves, re-acquire Kemp

LOS ANGELES - Matt Kemp is returning to the place where he began his major league career, reacquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves that sent former Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from L.A. to Atlanta.

The Dodgers sent Gonzalez, oft-injured starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta for the 33-year-old Kemp. Gonzalez then was designated for assignment by the Braves.

After sitting on the sidelines during the recent winter meetings, the Dodgers moved quickly to dump nearly $50 million in salary committed to Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy for 2018. Kemp is owed about $43 million over the next two seasons. Click here for more

Martinez tells Red Sox he would DH, but others want him as outfielder

Martinez tells Red Sox he would DH, but others want him as outfielder

Free agent slugger J.D. Martinez has told the Red Sox he would DH and play the outfield for them, a baseball source said Friday.  The flipside: teams are offering Martinez a full-time outfield job, and he enjoys playing the outfield.

Martinez, the best bat available via free agency, visited with teams at the winter meetings this week.

Michael Silverman of the Herald wrote Friday that Martinez has been telling teams he prefers to play the outfield, and suggested the Sox will have to pay a bit more to land Martinez.

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“Martinez remains open to being a DH so his preference to play defense regularly does not eliminate the Red Sox from signing Martinez,” Silverman wrote. “It does, however, put them in a position of having to make an aggressive offer that would distance themselves from competing offers where teams can present a corner outfield position. 

“Just what defines aggressive is something only Martinez and his agent Scott Boras will ultimately determine.”

The market could start to move a bit now, although that doesn’t mean anything is necessarily imminent. Another baseball source on Friday night noted that the market has started to thaw with Carlos Santana off the board. He agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies.

The Red Sox made an offer for Santana, but the offer made clear that Santana was not their primary choice. In other words, it wasn't close to what Santana ended up with.

A scenario in which Jackie Bradley Jr. is traded to make room for Martinez in the outfield seems reasonable, even if the Red Sox and Boras, who represents Bradley, have both downplayed that possibility.

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