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Felix Doubront Could Be Shut Down for Season After Falling Victim to Home Runs

Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine's words. Each game day, we will select a Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. BOSTON -- The road woes have spilled into Fenway Park. After posting a 1-8 record on their recent West Coast swing, the Red Sox fell victim to another clunker. As has been the story recently...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Feels Red Sox Need to Do Better Job of Knocking in Runs (Video)

The Red Sox were able to scrounge together five runs against the Blue Jays on Friday night, but it just wasn't enough to finally break Boston out of their now season-worst 1-9 slump. Dustin Pedroia did his part on the night, belting a towering solo home run in the eighth inning, but still feels that the Sox offense isn't doing enough to bring runs around to score. The second...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Triumphant Return Home Turns Into 'Fenway Flop' for Red Sox Thanks to Colby Rasmus (Video)

We hoped that a return to Boston would help what was ailing the Red Sox. We were wrong. The confines of Friendly Fenway Park were unable to provide a win for the Sox on Friday, and instead the Blue Jays pulled into a tie with Boston for last place in the American League East. Colby Rasmus narrowly missed one home run but ended up getting one in the end, providing what turned out...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Missed Huge Opportunity Not Starting Mauro Gomez on Slugger's 28th Birthday (Video)

Mauro Gomez had his 28th birthday on Friday night, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the Red Sox starting lineup. The first baseman did get into the game after pinch-hitting in the seventh, but NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is pretty sure that things might have gone differently if Gomez had been in the game from the start. See why in the above video. Join NESN Nation: In...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Machine Will Be Under Pressure When Replacement Referees Take Field on Sunday

The 2012 National Football League season has officially started, and yet there are still officials running down the sidelines without a clue as to what's happening. Sunday -- when 26 franchises will take the gridiron for the first time this season -- will be a true test for the replacement referees as the NFL and NFL Referees Association are still without a new deal. Don'...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Vote: Will Baltimore, New York or Tampa Bay Win the AL East?

The Red Sox aren't part of a race for the American League East crown, but the race is a frantic one without them. Baltimore, New York and Tampa Bay are all fighting tooth and nail for the top spot in the division, with the wild card very much up in the air as well. The three teams enter play on Friday all within two games of each other, with the Orioles and Yankees tied atop...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Tom Werner Believes Red Sox Will 'Contend' for World Series in 2013 (Video)

The Red Sox have clearly not lived up to their lofty expectations this season. But while the wheels continue to fall off on the failed campaign, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner remains optimistic. Boston recently traded away three of the team's biggest stars in order to make more of a youth movement and allow for some serious salary cap flexibility, entering the upcoming offseason...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington Sees Brandon Workman, Allan Webster as Impact Pitchers For Red Sox Staff (Video)

Allan Webster was one of the key pieces that the Red Sox received from the Dodgers in the Adrian Gonzalez trade earlier this month. Webster and a few other younger prospects are working their way through the minors and have a great deal of upside at the major league level. There is still plenty of time before some of them see work in the big leagues, but Red Sox general manager Ben...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss
HOOAH

Pacino to play Paterno in movie?

A movie reportedly could be made about the Penn State scandal, and Al Pacino would be playing Joe Paterno in the film.

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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss
TAKING SHOTS

Valentine: Criticism is personal

Bobby Valentine has been heavily criticized throughout the year, and the Red Sox manager believes a lot of it is personal.

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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

John Farrell Reiterates Focus on Blue Jays Not Red Sox Managerial Job, But Empathizes with Bobby Valentine

BOSTON –– John Farrell understands the speculation. From 2006 to 2010, the Blue Jays manager oversaw the Red Sox pitching staff and molded the group into a legitimate group. With the Red Sox struggling –– specifically with their pitching –– Farrell has emerged as a possible successor to manager Bobby Valentine, who has come under fire for a litany of communication issues...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

John Lackey 'Sure Is Close' To Being Fully Recovered, Will Throw Batting Practice Saturday

BOSTON –– John Lackey is targeting at least one inning of work this season -- just not in a live game. With the pitcher progressing relatively quickly from Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox will have him throw batting practice on Saturday. It's the next step after Lackey impressed with his bullpen sessions. "Lack has been throwing really good in the bullpen," Red...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

David Ortiz May Not Return to Red Sox This Season Despite Desire to Play Again

BOSTON –– David Ortiz never made the West Coast road trip. The Red Sox slugger remained in Boston as he continued to recover from the platelet-rich plasma injection. Despite the shot –– which takes 10 days to take effect –– manager Bobby Valentine is bracing for life without Ortiz for the rest of the season. "[General manager] Ben [Cherington] mentioned that [it...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Return to Fenway Should Be Key to Rediscovering Lost Red Sox Offense (Video)

The Red Sox did not have a very fun road trip, and they are thankfully back in Boston on Friday night. After struggling to score much againg the Angels, A's and Mariners, the Sox will welcome the Blue Jays to Fenway and hopefully get back on track doing what they have shown they are good at -- scoring runs. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette has more in the above video. Join NESN...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Big 12 Reaches $2.6 Billion Deal With ESPN, Fox Sports

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Big 12 announced a new 13-year deal with ESPN and Fox Sports on Friday that is reportedly worth $2.6 billion and should provide long-term stability for a conference that once seemed on the brink of collapse. The deal to televise football and men's basketball through 2024-25 includes a so-called "grant of rights" by each of the league's 10...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Ryan Kalish Back in Lineup as Designated Hitter While Red Sox Return From Long Road Trip

For a team that has spent much of September for the purposes of evaluating its young players, the Red Sox appear to be eschewing that strategy in favor of some veterans against the Blue Jays. Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway are nowhere to be found in the Red Sox starting lineup for Friday night, with Mike Aviles and Jarrod Saltalamacchia instead occupying the shortstop and catchers...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Still on Fire as Red Sox Welcome Blue Jays for Three-Game Set in Boston

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 about as hot as the sun in recent weeks. The All-Star second baseman is hitting at a scorching pace since the middle of August, raising his average from a season low of...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Nationals, Cubs Benches Clear Twice in Anticlimactic Fashion as Tempers Flare (Video)

The Washington Nationals have been making headlines all season with their play but on Wednesday the story was not their 9-2 win over the lowly Chicago Cubs, but the two flare ups between the teams that led to not one, but two bench-clearing "brawls." The first of the two altecations came in the fifth inning when Nationals third base coach Bo Porter and Cubs bench coach...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Lance Armstrong Banned From Running Chicago Marathon

Lance Armstrong has given up his battle with the USADA over claims that he used performance-enhancing drugs, and the impact of that decision is beginning to make itself felt. Armstrong will not be allowed to run in this year's Chicago Marathon, according to Runner's World, after race officials refused to accept the seven-time Tour de France champion into the field. The Chicago...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

North Carolina, Wake Forest to Square Off in ACC Football Action on NESNPlus on Saturday

Are you ready for some college football? On Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 3 p.m., NESNplus will deliver live high-definition coverage of ACC football action when the North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Wake Forest to take on the Demon Deacons. North Carolina and Wake Forest started their respective seasons off with victories, but UNC's win was far more impressive. The Tar Heels...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss
SAINTS GO MARCHING ON

Saints players win bounty appeal

A federal judge has overturned Roger Goodell's suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and the other former or current Saints players who had alleged roles in the bounty controversy.

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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Adam Sandler, Kevin James Go Head-to-Head in Tennis Match Also Featuring John McEnroe, Jim Courier (Video)

Kevin James and Adam Sandler probably aren't joining the ATP any time soon, but that doesn't mean they can't team up with a couple of tennis pros. The two actors, who've become close friends over the years after working together on a number of occasions, recently picked up a couple of racquets and took part in a doubles match. Sandler teamed with John McEnroe -- who...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Berman Signs Multiyear Extension With ESPN, Critics React With Mixed Reviews (Twitter)

Chris Berman has been a mainstay of ESPN since signing on with the network in 1979. Affectionately known as "Boomer" or "The Swami" to many fans, Berman hosts ESPN's highly-rated studio shows Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and Monday Night Football halftime as well as many other programs from the NFL Draft, Major League Baseball's Home Run...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Brad Marchand Extension Fair for Both Sides, Especially When Compared to Recent Deals

Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins are expected to have a lot of work to do once the 2013 summer rolls around. They jumped the gun with one item on that checklist on Friday. The club announced that it had signed forward Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension. Financially, Marchand's new contract will cost the B's $4.5 million per year beginning in 2013-14. With the possibility...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington D.C. Police Chief Preparing For Nationals World Series Parade

The Washington Nationals have a lot going for them right now. Between leading the National League East by 7 1/2 games over the Atlanta Braves and having the best record in baseball at 85-52, the Nationals need to be considered one of the favorites to win the World Series in 2012. Even with all of the above being true, doesn't it seem a little early to be planning a World Series...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss
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