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Browns coach Mike Pettine said on a conference call Sunday that a report that Johnny Manziel had moved ahead of Brian Hoyer in the quarterback competition is "untrue.'' He said there's no "clear cut favorite'' and that if there were, it would mean one of them isn't playing well, and that's not the case.
The media will find any way to talk about Manziel, including making up fake reports about him being moved ahead of Brian Hoyer on the depth chart. The media circus involving Manziel is already at high volume, just like it was for Tim Teblows. It is only going to get worse as we get closer to the NFL regular season. ANALYST: Mark Kaplan
The Red Sox are looking for an opportunity to give Brian Johnson his major league debut.
Johnson has a 2.92 ERA and 8.76 K/9 over 49 1/3 innings here in his first go-around with Triple-A Pawtucket. While the Red Sox would like to give him a taste of the majors, they'd obviously prefer to have a stronger rotation and not need to dip into their farm system as much as they have already. Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are getting a look right now. Should they fail and the struggles at the back end of the rotation continue, then perhaps we'll see Johnson at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender