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Dennis Eckersley: Yoenis Cespedes’ Left Field Play Will Improve With Time (Video)

Fenway Park has one of the most unique outfields in all of baseball, particularly in left field. The Green Monster is certainly iconic, but it can be difficult to get used to, particularly for Boston Red Sox newcomer Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes misplayed a ball in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays that allowed two runs to score. While the Cuban slugger...
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Red Sox Notes: A Night Of Highs And Lows For Yoenis Cespedes

BOSTON — A would-be pitchers’ duel between the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays got out of hand in a hurry Tuesday night. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was charged with five earned runs on eight hits after taking a shutout into the eighth. The Rays sent nine men to the plate in their five-run eighth and added an insurance run on a Matt Joyce homer the following inning to seal a 6-2...
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Blue Jays Prospect Dalton Pompey Hits First Homer Off Felix Hernandez (Video)

Toronto Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey stepped up to the plate Tuesday night with a tall task. He was facing Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez at Rogers Centre in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Jays down 2-1. So what did the 21-year-old outfielder do? He launched a solo shot — his first career home run — right field, of course. Your browser does not support...
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Clay Buchholz Comes Unraveled In Eighth As Rays Top Red Sox In Opener

BOSTON — Something about facing the Tampa Bay Rays always seems to bring out the best in Clay Buchholz. Entering Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox right-hander had gone four consecutive starts against Tampa Bay without allowing a single run, a streak that dated back to April of last year. Buchholz was well on his way to extending that number to five starts Tuesday night — until...
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2014-15 New York Islanders Preview: Goaltending Upgrades Increase Playoff Chances

The New York Islanders failed to make the playoffs last season after re-energizing their fanbase with a postseason appearance in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. Poor goaltending was one of the primary reasons why New York failed to make the playoffs. The Isles ranked 28th with a 3.15 goals against average and struggled to consistently kill penalties. After making significant...
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King Dunlap Makes Eddie Royal Look Like A Midget In Bizarre Photo

We get that NFL players come in all different shapes and sizes, but this is just ridiculous. During the San Diego Chargers’ Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills, 5-foot-10, 185-pound receiver Eddie Royal caught a pass and headed up field. Leading the way for Royal was 6-foot-9, 330-pound offensive lineman King Dunlap, whose first name is “King” for a reason. The play produced...
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Magic Johnson: Danny Ferry ‘Deserves Second Chance’ After Apologizing

Danny Ferry isn’t too popular in the court of public opinion these days, but he managed to mend fences with a prominent member of the NBA’s African-American community Tuesday. The Atlanta Hawks’ general manager, who currently is on an indefinite leave of absence after audio was released of him making racist remarks about Luol Deng, sat down with Magic Johnson and apologized...
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Bruins Player Preview: Carl Soderberg’s Expected Role, Projected Season Stats

Editor’s note: NESN.com will preview every NHL-level Bruins player over the next few weeks, leading to the Oct. 8 season opener. Click here for the full schedule and to read other player profiles. Carl Soderberg’s first full season with the Boston Bruins was a successful one. He smoothly transitioned into the third-line center role with Chris Kelly missing a lot of games due...
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Keith Olbermann: Derek Jeter Not Greatest Shortstop Who Ever Lived (Video)

Keith Olbermann took down Derek Jeter, and he did it with pure statistics. There’s been much fanfare surrounding the New York Yankees shortstop in his final season, and Olbermann hasn’t been buying it. And he took a moment — well, several moments — on his eponymous ESPN show to list the reasons why. Olbermann used the facts to show that not only is Derek Jeter not the best...
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Bears’ Lamarr Houston: Colin Kaepernick Cursed At Me, Used ‘N-Word’

If Colin Kaepernick’s denial held any weight at all, that quickly vanished Tuesday. During a Week 2 matchup with the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was assessed a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after supposedly using inappropriate language while trash-talking with Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston. Kaepernick told reporters after the game that...
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Patriots Film Review: Dont’a Hightower Playing At All-Pro Level

Dont’a Hightower wanted to have more fun in 2014, and so far it looks like he’s getting his wish. The New England Patriots starting linebacker has taken a major leap in 2014, and he’s been the team’s best defensive player through three games. Hightower has been spectacular as a pass rusher, in coverage and with stout run defense. He had another stellar game on Sunday against...
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Bruins Goalie Niklas Svedberg Makes Fantastic Save On 2-on-1 (GIF)

The Boston Bruins played their first preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, and the B’s took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. With about 12:30 left in the second period, the Canadiens had a great chance to tie the game on a 2-on-1 scoring chance, but they were stopped by Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg. The Swedish netminder, who started for the Providence...
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Red Sox’s Young Arms Further Ahead Thanks To Major League Time (Video)

Although not every outing from the Boston Red Sox’s young pitchers has been pretty, it’s been a big step in their development process. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington joined Tom Caron on “Red Sox First Pitch” to talk about everything from the rotation to Rusney Castillo. But much of their chat centered around the arsenal of twenty-somethings who have taken over the...
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John Farrell Offers Idea For Shortening Major League Baseball Games

BOSTON — Baseball games take too long. Fans know it, media members know it and now, Major League Baseball is taking steps to remedy it. MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced Monday the creation of a 10-member committee — including Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and Red Sox partner Michael Gordon — tasked with speeding up pace of play and shortening games. Several potential options hav...
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Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck: ‘It’s My Goal’ To Keep Rajon Rondo In Boston

Rajon Rondo has caused his fair share of controversy in Boston, but that doesn’t mean the Celtics are ready to ship him out of town. The All-Star point guard’s contract is set to expire at the end of the 2014-15 season, and rumors continue to fly about what his future holds. According to the Celtics’ front office, however, one desirable outcome trumps all others. “We expect...
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Clay Buchholz Looking To End Season On High Note In Final Starts (Video)

Clay Buchholz started his 2014 season off in poor form. The Boston Red Sox starter owned a 6.75 ERA before a disabled list stint in June and struggled to get deep into games. But since then, Buchholz seems to have rediscovered a few of his devastating pitches and has turned things around to an extent. “If you look at the starts he’s made in the second half, there’s been more...
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Liverpool’s Jordan Rossiter, 17, Debuts With Goal Against Middlesbrough (Video)

Liverpool’s Jordan Rossiter signed his first contract as a professional soccer player on March 24. Rossiter made an unforgettable debut six months later. On Tuesday, Rossiter, 17, scored his first goal 11 minutes into his first game for Liverpool’s senior team. Rossiter accurately shot from 30 yards to put Liverpool ahead in its Capital One Cup (League Cup) third-round game against...
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Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck: Team ‘Not For Sale’ Despite Potential Buyers

People are interested in buying the Boston Celtics, according to team owner Wyc Grousbeck. But Grousbeck isn’t selling. “I was just on the phone with somebody who wanted to try to buy the Celtics five minutes ago,” the owner told reporters Tuesday (via Boston.com) before the Shamrock Foundation golf tournament at Dedham Country and Polo Club. “But it was a quick conversation...
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Lightning Prospect Jonathan Drouin Out 3-4 Weeks With Fractured Thumb

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin will be out for up to four weeks with a fractured right thumb, X-rays confirmed Monday. The injury occurred at training camp Thursday when he collided with a teammate during two-on-two practice. “It wasn’t a big hit or anything,” Drouin told the Tampa Bay Lightning official website. “I just lost balance and fell on my hand....
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Boston College Has Produced Second-Most Super Bowl Winners In NFL (Photo)

USC. Georgia. Oregon. Boston College? Those first three schools normally come to mind when you think of college football powerhouses that produce NFL talent. The fourth one — at least in recent years — not so much. As it turns out, however, there’s one statistic where the Eagles fly with the big boys — producing Super Bowl champions. The folks at BestTickets.com released...
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Red Sox-Rays Live: Rusney Castillo Makes Fenway Debut In Series Opener

The home stretch of the 2014 season is finally here, and not a minute too soon for Boston Red Sox fans. The Red Sox begin their final homestand Tuesday night against a Tampa Bay Rays team for which the playoffs also have long been a lost cause. A late-September series between two clubs at the bottom of their division isn’t exactly appointment television, but the series isn’t...
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Chiefs Owner’s Suite At Arrowhead Stadium Is Elaborate, Unreal (Photos)

The Hunt family has a lot of money. The late patriarch H.L. Hunt made his fortune off oil in Texas and was supposedly the main inspiration for J.R. Ewing on the television show “Dallas.” His son Lamar founded the American Football League as well as the Kansas City Chiefs — who were then the Dallas Texans — and is said to have named the Super Bowl. Lamar’s children own...
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Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks Late Scratches For Red Sox Vs. Rays

BOSTON — The Red Sox shuffled their starting lineup less than two hours before first pitch Monday night. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks, both of whom were in the originally announced lineup for the opener of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, were removed and replaced by Jemile Weeks and Garin Cecchini, respectively. Weeks will hit in the No. 2 spot,...
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Red Sox Series Against Rays Could Boost Team Morale (Video)

As the Boston Red Sox head down the final stretch of the season, the team and it’s fans could use a pick-me-up. The team’s three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays could be just what the doctor ordered, but as NESN Nation’s Alison Smith explains in the video above, it could also end in more disappointment.Filed under: Boston Red Sox, NESN Nation, NESN Video
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Bill Belichick: Bryan Stork Has ‘Improved,’ But Future Role Still Undetermined

Through the first three weeks of the regular season, one thing is clear — the New England Patriots need to improve their offensive line play. The Patriots’ offense has generated barely over 300 yards per game so far in 2014, good for 26th in the NFL through Week 3. Their troubles start with the line, which has allowed quarterback Tom Brady to get sacked seven times, an uncharacteristically...
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