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Red Sox Notes: Jeff Samardzija Offers His Take On Tom Brady Suspension

BOSTON — The Red Sox lost for the 11th time in 13 games Tuesday night, allowing five first-inning runs en route to a 9-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Pedro Martinez’s number retirement and Mookie Betts’ overturned, over-the-wall catch were the prevailing headlines from the evening, but there were a few other pieces of news floating around Fenway Park. Let’s dive in: ...
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Pedro Martinez Explains Why He Wore No. 45 During Hall Of Fame Career

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — No. 45 wasn’t Pedro Martinez’s first choice. It wasn’t even his second choice. Martinez explained Tuesday after the Boston Red Sox retired his No. 45 at Fenway Park that he actually wanted to wear No. 47 upon being called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time in 1992. His older brother, Ramon, whom he idolizes...
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Chiefs Safety Eric Berry Beats Cancer, Cleared For Training Camp Play

Fantastic news came out of Kansas City on Tuesday, where the Chiefs announced safety Eric Berry was cleared to practice after recent tests determined he has overcome Hodgkin’s lymphoma. UPDATE: After several rounds of thorough tests, Eric Berry has been cleared for Wednesday morning’s #ChiefsCamp practice.— Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) July 29, 2015 The 26-year-old was...
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Newspaper Front Pages React To Tom Brady’s Suspension Being Upheld

Wednesday’s newspapers aren’t available yet, but many front pages are already circulating Twitter. And many of them surround one central figure — Tom Brady. Brady dominated the news Tuesday after his four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate was upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The New York tabloids had a field day with Brady after Deflategate broke...
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Brock Holt Talks Trade Deadline: ‘Obviously, I Want To Stay Here In Boston’

Brock Holt’s production, versatility and extremely team-friendly contract could make him a target for teams ahead of Friday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline. He hopes not, though. The Boston Red Sox utility man told the Boston Herald on Tuesday that he has no desire to pack up and move. “I’m pretty comfortable here,” Holt told the Herald. “I like being here. I...
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Ump: Mookie Betts Didn’t Have ‘Control Of His Body’ During Overturned Catch

BOSTON — Jose Abreu’s sixth-inning home run Tuesday night put the Boston Red Sox away for good, and it might leave them without their starting center fielder for the next week. Umpiring crew chief Bill Miller explained after the game why the play in question, which initially appeared to be a catch by Mookie Betts, was ruled a homer. “The wording we use is (Betts) has to have...
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Pedro Martinez: Colin Cowherd ‘Wasn’t Invited To The Pedro Parade’

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Pedro’s party. Pedro’s rules. The Red Sox retired Pedro Martinez’s No. 45 during a ceremony Tuesday night at Fenway Park, after which the Hall of Fame pitcher was asked again about the disparaging comments made last week by popular radio host Colin Cowherd about the intelligence of Dominican Republic baseball players...
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Tim Wakefield Reflects On Pedro Martinez’s Number Retirement Ceremony (Video)

The No. 45 will never again be worn by a member of the Boston Red Sox. Pedro Martinez, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, had his number retired by the Red Sox before Tuesday’s 9-4 loss against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. During the ceremony, Martinez took time to thank his former Boston teammates, many of whom returned to Fenway Park...
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Mookie Betts Experiences Concussion-Like Symptoms After Bullpen Tumble

BOSTON — It might be another week before Mookie Betts is able to return to action for the Boston Red Sox. Manager John Farrell said after Tuesday’s 9-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox that Betts was suffering from “symptoms consistent with a concussion” following his fall into the Red Sox’s bullpen earlier in the night. “He’s being examined further right now,” Farrell...
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Pedro Martinez Honored With Memorable Ceremony At Fenway Park (Photos)

BOSTON — Pedro Martinez’s place in Red Sox history is secure. The Red Sox retired Martinez’s No. 45 during a special ceremony Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Martinez was a Boston legend long before his number went up on the right-field facade at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, but the honor solidifies the Hall of Fame pitcher as an all-time great. David Ortiz, Jason Varitek...
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Shane Victorino Reaches Base On Bunt Single, Scores Run In Angels Debut (Video)

Shane Victorino’s presence in Los Angeles already is paying dividends. The former Boston Red Sox outfielder, traded Monday to the Los Angeles Angels — played his first game for the Angels in a divisional matchup against the Houston Astros. Victorino started in left field and batted eighth for the Angels. He led off the top of the second inning — with the Angels already leading...
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LeBron James Tweets Celtics One Of Toughest Teams To Defend During Q&A

Even though his Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Boston Celtics in a first-round playoff series in April, LeBron James still considers the Celtics’ offense one of the toughest to defend. James addressed multiple topics in a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, and two of them involved the Celtics. One follower asked James which teams are the toughest to defend, and it turns out the Celtics...
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Red Sox Wrap: Pitching Falters Again As White Sox Win Big At Fenway

BOSTON — With one of the greatest pitchers in major league history in attendance Monday night, the Boston Red Sox failed to put together a performance worthy of his presence. The Red Sox followed up a pregame ceremony retiring the number of Pedro Martinez by falling behind early and dropping their second straight to the Chicago White Sox, this one by a final score of 9-4. GAME...
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David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez Snap Selfie During Number Ceremony (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Barack Obama has company. David Ortiz, of course, snapped a selfie with the president of the United States during the Boston Red Sox’s White House visit following their 2013 World Series win. Big Papi again broke out the cell phone Tuesday night at Fenway Park as the Red Sox retired Pedro Martinez’s No. 45. An immortal...
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Mookie Betts’ Over-The-Wall Catch Gives White Sox Bizarre Home Run (Video)

BOSTON — Jose Abreu hit one of the strangest home runs you will ever seen Monday at Fenway Park. Batting against Boston Red Sox starter Wade Miley in the sixth inning, the Chicago White Sox first baseman lifted a fly ball deep to right-center field. Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts tracked the ball down and made a running catch at the warning track. At least, it looked like...
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Capitals’ T.J. Oshie Marries Longtime Girlfriend Lauren Cosgrove (Photos)

If you’re one of Lauren Cosgrove’s 70,000 Instagram followers, you might have noticed a slight change to her handle. Well, that’s because she married Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie this weekend. Welcome to Instagram, Lauren Oshie. The two tied the knot in Minnesota and Lauren posted many pictures of the special day. You’re one lucky man, T.J. This embed...
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WATCH: Pedro Martinez's number retired in ceremony

This embed is invalid   " /> BOSTON — It’s official. No. 45 is off limits. The Red Sox retired Pedro Martinez’s No. 45 during a special ceremony Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Martinez, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., over the weekend, dazzled the Boston crowd with both humor and grace throughout the festivities...
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Mets Reliever Jenrry Mejia Tests Positive for PEDs, Suspended 162 Games

NEW YORK — Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been banned for an additional 162 games following a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone. Mejia was suspended April 11 following a positive test for Stanozolol and said in a statement then “I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended...
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David DeJesus’ Wife Tweets Glee Over Husband’s Trade, Irks Rays Fans

The Los Angeles Angels traded for David DeJesus on Tuesday, and his wife couldn’t be happier about it. The Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a trade Tuesday, sending DeJesus to Los Angeles in exchange for minor league pitcher Eduar Lopez. And after learning about her husband’s trade, Kim DeJesus took to Twitter to voice her glee about the move. @David_DeJesus3 is officially...
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Former Red Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon Traded To Washington Nationals

Update (8:14 p.m. ET): Jonathan Papelbon officially has been traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Washington Nationals. Both teams confirmed the trade via Twitter. #Phillies have traded RHP Jonathan Papelbon and cash considerations to the Nationals for RHP Nick Pivetta.—   (@Phillies) July 29, 2015 The #Nats have acquired RHP Jonathan Papelbon in exchange for MiLB RHP...
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Pedro Martinez Caps Number Retirement With Pitch To Jason Varitek (Video)

BOSTON — What better way to conclude Pedro Martinez’s number retirement ceremony than with a pitch to the man who caught so many of Pedro’s over the years. During his speech Tuesday to the packed crowd at Fenway Park, the newly enshrined Hall of Famer called his former catcher, Jason Varitek, to join him on the field. “Come here, Captain,” Martinez said to his old Boston...
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List Of 2015 NFL Suspensions Shows Tom Brady’s Ban Makes Little Sense

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension Tuesday. That means, because of the New England Patriots’ Week 4 bye, the quarterback will miss his team’s Week 5 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. Greg Hardy, who allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, will play for the Cowboys, though, after finishing his four-game ban, as The Boston Globe’s...
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NFL Cuts Le’Veon Bell’s Suspension Stemming From Arrest To Two Games

PITTSBURGH — The NFL reduced Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell’s suspension from three games to two Tuesday. The league initially suspended Bell three games in April following his arrest in August 2014 on DUI and drug charges. Bell was sentenced to 15 months of probation among other penalties following a traffic stop on Aug. 20, 2014. Former teammate LeGarrette Blount, who...
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This ‘Roger Goodell Random NFL Punishment Generator’ Will Make Your Day

Roger Goodell is a baffling character. To say the NFL commissioner has been inconsistent and unpredictable in his rulings since taking over as head of the league in 2006 would be an understatement. One needs to look no further than what happened Tuesday: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a four-game suspension upheld, though at this point whether he was suspended four...
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Pedro Martinez Was Bridge For Latin American Players, Fans In Boston (Video)

When Pedro Martinez joined the Boston Red Sox, he helped change the “culture” and brought with him legions of new fans. That’s something his former teammates saw firsthand. “You heard him say it to himself — he was the bridge,” Tim Wakefield said on “Red Sox Gameday Live” before the Red Sox hosted the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. “We talk about how much the culture...
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