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Bobby Valentine Indirectly Calls Jacoby Ellsbury Platoon Player, Defends Decision to Sit Him on Monday

There were two gaping holes in the Red Sox lineup on Monday. Without Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine came under fire for fielding a lineup comprised of mostly minor leaguers. Pedroia's absence was obvious, considering he suffered a broken left finger. Valentine, however, never explained Ellsbury's situation, especially after he played in...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Bobby Carpenter Expected Back in New England After Patriots Cut Terrell McClain

Terrell McClain, we hardly knew ye. The Panthers' 2011 third-round pick stuck around in New England even shorter than he was in Carolina. Tom Curran from CSNNE.com tweeted that McClain was released on Tuesday by the Patriots. Pats release defensive lineman Terrell McClain. 3rd-round choice in 2011 (Carolina), McClain was signed last week. #PatriotsTalk — Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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Awesome triple-dummy play yields goal

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me," the old saying goes. So what should we make of Moldova after it was fooled three times? Serbia's U-17 national team enchanted Moldova with a well-worked corner-kick routine. Soccer fans around the world are enjoying the goal that came as a result. It took place during Monday's UEFA U-17 European Championship...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Adam Greenberg's Resiliency Impressive to Ex-Teammate Rich Hill, Who Calls Comeback 'Great Thing for Baseball'

Rich Hill wanted to avoid dwelling on the negatives. Seven years ago, Hill -- then a Cubs prospect in Iowa -- watched Marlins pitcher Valerio De Los Santos drill fellow prospect Adam Greenberg in the head during his first career plate appearance. For Hill, it was a gruesome sight. Although Hill witnessed the sequence on television, he was still troubled by the accident. After all...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia's Gutsy Decision to Play Through Pain Serves as Perfect Motivation for Red Sox to Keep Fighting (Video)

Two games. That's what the Red Sox season has come down to. Two games left against the New York Yankees. For the Sox, they might not mean a whole heck of a lot. But for Dustin Pedroia, they appear to mean enough. The second baseman is refusing to sit out the season's final games despite a broken finger, and hopefully the rest of the Sox follow his lead. NESN Nation's...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Two Lucky Red Sox Fans Get to Tour NESN's Studios, Watch Game With Dennis Eckersley and Tom Caron (Photos)

Two lucky contest winners got the full NESN experience on Monday. Keith Cardoza and his wife Angela Cardoza won NESN's Viewer Survey Giveaway and received a personal tour of NESN's studios. The Manchester, NH couple won the contest after taking a NESN Red Sox viewer survey at NESN.com. The Cardozas got to watch Red Sox pregame coverage live from inside the NESN studio and...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Working to Set Example for His Younger Teammates by Playing Through Broken Finger

Dustin Pedroia wants to set an example for his teammates. Despite suffering a broken left index finger on Sunday –– an injury that was supposed to sideline him for the team's final three games –– the second baseman urged Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to slot him back in the lineup. "We've got a lot of young guys on our team," Pedroia said. "Sometimes...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Patrice Bergeron Signs With HC Lugano, Will Play in Switzerland During NHL Lockout

It's moving day in Boston, apparently. Patrice Bergeron is heading to Switzerland to play during the NHL lockout, with HC Lugano announcing that they have signed the Bruins forward to a deal. Interestingly enough, Bergeron's salary will reportedly be funded from outside the team. In any case, the Bruins alternate captain is the latest member of the team to sign abroad. The...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Joe Cole Scores For Liverpool U-21s, Midfielder Wants First-Team Action After Recovering From Injury

Joe Cole is ready to fight for his place in the Liverpool first team after firing on his return to action for Rodolfo Borrell's U-21 side on Monday. It took the 30-year-old -- eligible to play as one of three over-age outfield players -- a matter of minutes to make a mark against Fulham on his first outing since limping from the field at The Hawthorns during the Reds' opening...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Ballack's Inglorious End Won't Diminish From Storied Playing Career

Michael Ballack retired from professional soccer Tuesday. The announcement came almost a year after he had already faded from on-field relevance. But the wimper of his career's official ending can't mask the sustained excellence and elegant torment which characterized the bulk of his 17-year professional career. After two injury-plagued seasons, Ballack's contract with...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Jabar Gaffney Provides Dolphins With Reliable Option Ryan Tannehill Needs to Be Successful

Ryan Tannehill's development as a starting quarterback in Miami has progressed along much quicker than many ever expected. And the addition of a reliable set of hands will only further that development. Jabar Gaffney, who was released by the Patriots during training camp, signed a one-year contract the Dolphins on Tuesday, as confirmed by the team. Gaffney's addition should...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dan Koppen Finds Familiarity With Peyton Manning After Spending Nine Years with Tom Brady

When Dan Koppen takes his place at the center of the Broncos offensive line on Sunday, he should feel pretty familiar with the surroundings. Having played in New England for the past nine seasons, Koppen is well acquainted with the crowd and feel at Gillette Stadium. And he's excited for the experience. "I'm sure it's going to be fun. A little bit different, a little...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez Is Only Marginally Hotter Than Jose Iglesias With Bat, According to Bill James' Temperature Gauge

Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. If you can overlook the admitted PED use, then Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, long known for his offensive prowess and ability to hit the longball. But...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Announce Plans to Move in Outfield Fences at Safeco Field in 2013 (Photo)

Safeco Field is getting a little less safe for pitchers. The Seattle Mariners have announced a plan to bring in the outfield fences for next season, which should help one of the notorious pitchers' parks in baseball inspire a little more offense from time to time. "Our goal was to create an environment that is fair for both hitters and pitchers," general manager Jack...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Santana Moss Paranoid While Playing Away From Home, But Finds Robert Griffin III to Be Calming

The Redskins relied on quarterback Robert Griffin III to lead them to victory once again on Sunday, and the rookie delivered. But the confusion surrounding Washington's final drive has wide receiver Santana Moss feeling a bit paranoid. Moss, who has underperformed in the team's four games this season, was worried that some foul play was afoot in the fourth quarter of Sunday...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Returns to Red Sox Lineup Against Yankees Despite Fractured Ring Finger

Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox don't have anything to play for in the season's remaining two games. However, that's not going to stop Pedroia from proving that he's going to be the leader of his club moving forward. The pesky second baseman is in the Boston lineup on Tuesday night. That's surprising to say the least, especially considering the fact that he recently...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Orioles Weren't Happy With Red Sox Lineup on Monday Night

The Red Sox had nothing to play for on Monday night, and their starting lineup reflected that. That's all well and good for a team that has long since been eliminated from playoff contention. However, the weak-hitting Boston batting order against the Yankees -- featuring six players who began the season in Triple-A -- wasn't well-received by the Baltimore Orioles. The Boston...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots Maintain Dominance in TV Ratings Despite Team's Inconsistent Performance on Field

Tom Brady and a much-improved rushing attack spurred the Patriots to a 52-28 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The victory pushed New England to 2-2 on the season, an underwhelming start to what fans expect to be another deep playoff run. While the Patriots performance remains inconsistent on the field, though, their dominance of television ratings continues to be as good as...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty Responding to Criticism With Return to Pro Bowl Form in Patriots Secondary

Devin McCourty's 2011 season was a cause for concern. The same cornerback who was selected to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season just a year earlier had suddenly forgotten how to play the position. While the whispers of McCourty's struggles began to grow into rumblings at the end of last season, aided by his eventual switch to safety by season's end, they echoed even...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Fernando Rodney's Historic Season Reaffirms That MLB Relievers Are Often Year-to-Year Crapshoots

Fernando Rodney has been absolutely lights out this season for the Rays. That means he'll probably be completely awful next season. OK, that's terrible logic. But it's hard to explain Rodney's sudden turnaround at age 35, and in general, it's even harder to pinpoint exactly the type of production you're going to see from certain relievers each season. Rodney...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss
IF YOU WANT IT YOU GOT IT

Report: Indians job Francona's to lose

Terry Francona will interview for the Cleveland Indians manager's job on Friday, and if reports are accurate, it's his job to lose.

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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Tom Brady, Patriots Offense Should Ditch Trick Plays, Complicated Setups to Make Most of Talent

Several cliches come to mind when thinking about what the Patriots did to the Bills on Sunday in their 52-28 win. New England gave Buffalo "an absolute clinic" on how to play football. Tom Brady could have demolished Buffalo "with his eyes closed." The Patriots could have sent undrafted players out there and won that game (they did). But the lingering caveat from...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Send NESN.com Your Social Media Pictures During Sunday's Patriots-Broncos Game

Hey folks, NESN.com wants to tell the story of a Patriots game through the eyes of you, the fans. This Sunday, as the Patriots take on the Denver Broncos at 4:25 p.m. ET in Foxboro, we're inviting you to share your photos of the game with us, and we may use them in a slideshow here on NESN.com. Practically everyone nowadays has a camera on their phone -- if you aren't also...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

ESPN to Broadcast KHL Games Online During NHL Lockout

While most American hockey fans are still hopeful that there will be an NHL season this year, ESPN will be taking advantage of the league's labor disputes. According to a press release by the KHL, the Worldwide Leader has agreed to start broadcasting Russia’s national league on their online platform, ESPN3. It has not been confirmed if ESPN will carry KHL coverage throughout...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Zdeno Chara to Play in KHL During NHL Lockout, Will Join Prague Lions

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is about to become the latest NHL superstar to pack up his gear and head overseas to get some ice time during the lockout. USA Today reports that Chara has agreed to play in the KHL during the lockout. His agent, Matt Keator, told the paper that the B's captain opted for Lev Praha (Prague Lions). "He has friends there, and it's within hours...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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