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Jarrod Saltalamacchia Bounces Back From Back Spasms, Plans to Battle Through Inflammation and Stiffness

BOSTON -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia rejoined the Red Sox lineup Wednesday night. After experiencing back spasms on Sept. 7, the catcher missed the last three games to recover. Although the injury caught Saltalamacchia off guard, he insisted there were no major concerns. "They didn't see it regressing at all if I go out there and play," Saltalamacchia said. "I just...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Has Evolved Into Reliable Reliever After Long Road From Tommy John Surgery

BOSTON -- Junichi Tazawa just wanted his health back. After missing the 2010 season and the majority of 2011 -- as a result of Tommy John surgery -- Tazawa entered spring training this season hoping to last a full year without any setbacks. He's received his wish and much more. Despite a few trips between Boston and Pawtucket, Tazawa has developed into a key piece of the Red...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Aaron Cook's Ground Ball Barometer Showing Great Predictive Value Against Yankees (Video)

Aaron Cook usually lets you knew pretty early how his outing is going to go. The notorious sinkerballer gets the majority of his outs by way of grounders, so when teams are chopping the ball into the infield dirt against him, he's going good. If they're lifting it into the outfield -- or out of the ballpark -- then it's clear he's not doing well. NESN Nation's...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Pedro Ciriaco Credits Training With Robinson Cano for Yankee-Killing Reputation, Career Year

BOSTON –– Seemingly overnight, Pedro Ciriaco has developed into the ultimate Yankee killer. Entering Wednesday's matchup against New York, the utiliy man had batted .486 with seven RBIs in nine games against the Yankees. Ironically, Ciriaco's success against the team is attributed to none other than a Yankee –– Robinson Cano. Two weeks before heading to Fort Myers...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Tyler Seguin Excited to 'Start a Life' After Receiving Contract Extension (Video)

There may be questions about when the Bruins season will be starting up, but one thing we do know is that Tyler Seguin will be a mainstay in Boston for years to come. Naoko Funayama sat down with Seguin to talk about his new six-year $34.5 million extention and why he's excited to be staying in Boston for the next seven years. The new contract makes Seguin the highest paid forward...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Clint Dempsey Not Afraid of Jamaican 'Tough Guy' Act, Responds With 'Mean Mug' Face of His Own (Video)

Growing up in East Texas taught Clint Dempsey not to back down from anything. So when the U.S. national team star found himself in the middle of a fracas, he remembered his training, looked his opponent in the eye and goaded him on. Thankfully, the priceless moment was caught on camera for all to see. Dempsey's aimed his scrunched face, or "mean mug," at an opponenent...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

J.J. Watt Says Watching 'Hard Knocks' Helped Texans Defense Against Dolphins, Maybe More Than Mario Williams Could Have

Hard Knocks is a guilty pleasure for many NFL fans, as it goes deep inside an NFL training camp showing all of the good, bad and ugly from behind the scenes. But apparently one NFL player took away much more than just drama and entertainment from the five episodes this season. J.J. Watt, who emerged as a solid pass rusher for the Texans during last season's playoffs, says he...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox, Yankees to Open 2013 Season in New York, With Fenway Park's First Game April 8 Against Orioles

The Red Sox are wrapping up the 2012 season with several chances to alter the playoff race and especially the fates of their neighbors in the American League East. Next season, they'll be right back in the thick of it from Opening Day -- but by then, they'll be starting from a clean slate and working toward their own postseason hopes. The Red Sox start the 2013 season against...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Can Make Yankees' So-Called 'Collapse' Official by Continuing Spoiler Role (Video)

The Yankees are arguably collapsing, but things aren't official... yet. The Red Sox (and Orioles) could change that fact on Wednesday night by both winning, thereby knocking New York out of first place in the standings and officially ending the Yankees' reign at the top of the AL East. The Bronx Bombers have seen their lead dwindle from ten games down to zero, but they'...
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Yankee-Killer Pedro Ciriaco Leads Red Sox Lineup as Boston Tries to Secure Series Win Against New York

Whatever your feelings are on Pedro Ciriaco's long-term viability as a everyday player in the Red Sox lineup, everybody should agree on one thing: when Boston is playing the Yankees, Ciriaco needs to be starting. After two game-winning hits earlier in the year against New York, on Tuesday night Ciriaco came around to score the walkoff run on Jacoby Ellsbury's ninth-inning...
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Dustin Pedroia Leads Charge With Yankee-Killer Pedro Ciriaco Looking to Continue Spoiler Ways

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. Dustin Pedroia has been tearing it up lately for the Red Sox, and seems poised to put the team on his back to carry them across the finish line. Boston might not have much to play for these days...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

David Beckham Evicts Pad Intruder Rob Riggle in NFL on FOX Sketch (Video)

David Beckham discovered one serious pitfall of being a famous football player who lives in Los Angeles: A houseguest, even the hillarious Rob Riggle, can ruin your life. So the L.A. Galaxy star did what those who came before him should have done. He gave Riggle the boot. The famous pair starred in a recent sketch on FOX's Sunday NFL show. Riggle was giving a (MTV) Cribs-like...
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Stevan Ridley 'Not Trying to Be Superman,' Remains Focused on Providing Stability and Wins for Patriots

Stevan Ridley is a simple man. He's not needy like many running backs in the NFL tend to be. He's not focused on the number of touches, rushing yard totals or touchdowns. Rather, he's only keeping an eye on one statistic: the win column. As the Patriots' third-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Ridley wasn't expected to produce all that much. But he surprised as...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Kansas City Chiefs Apologize to Fan Told to 'Get a Clue' by Team's Twitter Account

Twitter has made getting your opinion to people in high places so easy that sometimes the overflow of opinions can push any organization's most level-headed social media person to the brink. That is exactly what happened on Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs. Longtime Chiefs fan Travis Wright was so frustrated by the team's ineptitude during a loss to the Falcons on Sunday...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Is the Best Wide Receiver in the NFL Today?

The wide receiver position has never been more important to the game of football. With teams taking the the air more and more, and with quarterbacks signing huge contracts, the guys that catch all those passes are taking center stage in the NFL with some of the sport's most gifted athletes at the front of the pack. With such a huge amount of talent at the position, picking out...
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Tim Tebow Proving Bigger Than Jets Once More, As NFL.com Calls Team 'Tebow' in Recent Power Rankings (Photo)

Tim Tebow dominates headlines so regularly that the New York Jets sometimes seem to be but a distant thought. That's exactly what happened following Week 1 of the new season, at least according to NFL.com. The NFL website produced its weekly power rankings, placing each team in a position from 1-32 throughout the league. Following a blowout 48-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Jimmie Johnson Favored to Win Sixth Title Heading Into NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup

The NASCAR Sprint Cup season's first 26 official races were simply a warm-up to what begins Sunday: the 10-event Chase for the Championship to crown the 2012 points champion. The top 12 drivers in the points are eligible to compete for the Chase, and Jeff Gordon made a dramatic entrance into the top 12 last week in the regular-season finale. The 41-year-old Gordon finished second...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Patrick Peterson Causing Matthew Slater, Patriots Special Teams to 'Lose Sleep,' As He Should

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Matthew Slater is one of the best special teams players in the entire NFL. But this week, he may have finally met his match. After being named a captain on the Patriots ahead of the 2011 season, Slater was seen as a leader and a potential impact player on special teams. His selection to the Pro Bowl as the AFC's lone special teamer at the end of last season...
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Michael Jordan Stepping Back From Basketball Operations Good News for Bobcats, If He Can Resist Temptation to Meddle in Personnel Matters

Michael Jordan won titles by passing off to John Paxson, then Steve Kerr. Now he appears to be dishing to Rich Cho for another longshot. Whereas Paxson and Kerr nailed shots to clinch championships for Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, none of their tasks were as daunting as what Cho has laid out for him as general manager of the Charlotte Bobcats. All Paxson and Kerr needed to do was...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Norway Goalkeeper Rune Jarstein Flips Out on Reporter, Threatens Photographer (Video)

Rune Jarstein is a lot like most professional athletes. When their team loses, or they have a bad game, many don't want to talk about it. But Jarstein happened to be in one of those moods, despite playing for the winning team. The Norway goalkeeper stormed out of an interview and flung a reporter's headset against a wall in response to a question Tuesday, and he threatened...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Jenny Dell Uncovers Baltimore's Fascinating Sports History at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards (Video)

Camden Yards is widely regarded as one of baseball's most beautiful stadiums, as it mixes modern amenities with a classic feel. One of the most unique features is the park's Sports Legends Museum. NESN's Jenny Dell visited the museum during a recent Red Sox road trip, and she learned a ton about Baltimore's unique sports history. The O's have suddenly become AL...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Jerry Remy 'Wouldn't Be Surprised' If Bobby Valentine Returns Next Season

The general consensus among those close to the Red Sox is that Bobby Valentine won't survive in Boston long enough to see the second year of his contract. One person, however, thinks there's a chance that Valentine may be back in 2013. NESN analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly WEEI radio appearance Wednesday morning joining The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show, and he said...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Robert Griffin III Covers Up Nike Logo in Unique Way, Which NFL Considers a Big No-No

It seemed like Robert Griffin III could do no wrong during Sunday's game against the Saints. Before the game, however, it was a much different story. RGIII, who is sponsored by adidas, decided to cover up the Nike swoosh on his shirt during the Redskins' pregame warmups. Considering the NFL and Nike just agreed on a five-year pact before the season, the league wasn't...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Can Repay Years of Yankees Misery, Redeem Poor Season With Well-Placed Wins

The stories have been written for the Red Sox all year. They've just had trouble pulling off the endings everyone wanted. Erase a poor finish to 2011 with a great 2012. Rebound from a tough start to 2012 with a strong summer. Beat off injuries to put together a winning streak. Find a way to get into the playoffs despite playing .500 ball late into July. But Tuesday night, the...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

U.S. Soccer Team, Patriotic Fans Draw Strength From Playing on 9/11

The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team shares a bond with the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 that other sports teams representing the country do not. The connection between the team and the day has existed since late 2001, and Tuesday's soccer game showed that it is as strong as ever. The U.S. men were the first national team in any sport to play after the 9/11 attacks. They...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss
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