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Brewers’ Mike Fiers ‘Deeply Sorry’ After Hitting Giancarlo Stanton In Face

It was clear from the moment it happened that Mike Fiers had made a terrible mistake. The Milwaukee Brewers pitcher immediately placed his hands on his head after he lost control of a pitch during the fifth inning Thursday night, hitting Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the face. Fiers, who had not hit a batter all season but proceeded to nail pinch hitter Reed Johnson...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Rice: Batters Hit By More Pitches Because They Cheat On Fastball (Video)

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins endured one of the scariest moments of the 2014 baseball season Thursday night after taking a Mike Fiers pitch right into the face. He wasn’t the only one who’s gotten hit by the pitch this season, though, and Jim Rice believes the rise in batters getting plunked is because they don’t know how to get away from inside pitches. “I think...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz’s Fourth Consecutive Strong Outing Has Red Sox Pleased (Video)

Things definitely are taking a turn for the better for Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz. At the end of May, the ace’s ERA was hovering over seven. In his last four starts, however, Buchholz is 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA and 22 strikeouts. Aside from a couple of starts, Buchholz has settled down nicely in the second half, even recording two complete-game shutouts since the month of...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, faces up to 15 years

PRETORIA, South Africa — A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to support...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: Shane Vereen, Zac Stacy Among Week 2 Sits And Starts

What’s even more important than Week 1 in fantasy football? You guessed it — Week 2! We get that we’re stating the obvious, but it’s true. The NFL’s opening week is usually wildly unpredictable, as 32 teams who haven’t played a meaningful game in over half a year get their jitters out for the first time. Week 2 is when the dust begins to settle, and the same can be said...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks Finishing Strong Would Be Major Red Sox Development

Time is of the essence for Will Middlebrooks. The Red Sox are using the final two-plus weeks of the regular season as an evaluation period. An incredibly important offseason awaits and some of the biggest questions facing Boston center on third base. It would be a huge gamble for the Red Sox to enter next season with Middlebrooks plugged in as their everyday third baseman. In fact...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Clay Buchholz Giving Reason To Be Optimistic About 2015

It was the Kansas City Royals — not the Boston Red Sox — who looked like the last-place team Thursday. The Red Sox defeated the Royals 6-3 in the opener of a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City committed three errors in a contest that included its share of sloppy moments. There are a few reasons for the Red Sox to be optimistic about Thursday’s victory, though...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Releases Postseason Schedule; World Series Kicks Off Oct. 21

The MLB postseason is almost upon us, and the league released its schedule for October baseball Thursday. The regular season wraps up on Sept. 28, and all of the postseason fun starts on Sept. 30 with the American League Wild Card game. The National League Wild Card game takes place the next day. That Oct. 1 game will be shown on ESPN, which is the network’s first postseason baseball...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Working Way Back With Red Sox: Splitter ‘Still Not There’

Where, oh where has Koji Uehara’s splitter gone? That’s the question the Boston Red Sox are trying to figure out as the veteran reliever continues to work toward a return to game action. Even Uehara realizes his split-finger fastball hasn’t been effective in recent outings. “It’s still not there,” Uehara told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford on Sunday regarding the life on his...
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Rangers Sign Veteran Forward Ryan Malone To One-Year Contract

NEW YORK — Just days before the start of training camp, the defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers reached deals with restricted free agent defenseman John Moore and veteran forward Ryan Malone. Both contracts were announced by the club on Thursday. The 34-year-old Malone agreed to a one-year, two-way deal that will pay him $700,000 if he is in the NHL and $100...
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Giancarlo Stanton Hit In Face By Pitch During Marlins-Brewers Game (Video)

Giancarlo Stanton’s incredible season with the Miami Marlins took a turn for the worse Thursday. Stanton was hit in the face by a pitch from Mike Fiers in the fifth inning of Miami’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park. Stanton remained on the ground for several minutes before being carted off the field. According to reports, Stanton held a towel to his face while...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Antonio Brown fined $8,200 for kicking Browns punter in face

Antonio Brown pulled a pretty wild move to break a tackle last Sunday. It looks like that wild move is going to cost him. According to multiple reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver has been fined $8,200 for kicking Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning in his team’s 30-27 win. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news. Chances are you’ve seen...
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Cam Newton Trolls Reporters, Gives Same Spiel For Every Question (Video)

It’s not a secret that athletes don’t always like to talk to the media. Some, like Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, avoid it at all costs. But many others opt to drive reporters crazy by speaking without saying anything at all. Add Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to that list. During a news conference Wednesday, Newton elected to give a long, rehearsed...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Sent By Red Sox To See Concussion Specialist In Pittsburgh

Brock Holt might be suffering from more than just sickness. Holt, who has missed six consecutive games, was sent to Pittsburgh on Thursday to see a concussion specialist, Dr. Michael Collins, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell. The move was precautionary, but Holt has been battling symptoms — nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness — in line with a concussion since him...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pete Abraham: Red Sox Rotation Likely To Get Offseason Makeover (Video)

The Boston Red Sox have a plethora of young starting pitchers, but will it stay that way? The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham doesn’t think so. If the Red Sox were to bring all of their potential starters to spring training, they wouldn’t be able to put in enough work. That’s why Abraham said a lot of decisions will be made before that time. Boston will likely add some experienced...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports conflict on if Goodell knew Ray Rice punched fiancee

The evidence in the Ray Rice case seems pretty straightforward. A video released by TMZSports.com this week clearly shows the former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City elevator. What is far less clear, however, is who knew of Rice’s actions, and when they knew it. The latter issue has landed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia’s Surgery Puts Him In Ideal Situation For Offseason (Video)

Although the Boston Red Sox’s 2013 World Series run was phenomenal, it did have one drawback: Dustin Pedroia couldn’t fully recover from thumb surgery during his shortened offseason. But now that the second baseman needed another surgery Thursday for a left hand/wrist injury he sustained during the team’s 2014 home opener, he’s actually in an ideal situation. Not only...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Royals Live: Clay Buchholz Pitches Vs. First-Place Kansas City

The Boston Red Sox were swept this week by the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Things don’t get any easier Thursday. The Red Sox will battle the first-place Kansas City Royals for four games at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals enter the series opener holding a one-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Red Sox swept the Royals the last time the teams...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts To Play Second Base For Red Sox With Dustin Pedroia Out

Mookie Betts will return to the infield. Betts will play second base “fairly regularly” down the stretch with both Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt sidelined, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters before Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Betts was drafted as a second baseman in 2011. He has spent the entire season learning the outfield...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow To Join ‘Good Morning America’ As Contributor Starting Monday

Tim Tebow has yet to find an NFL job, but at least he’s staying busy in the meantime. The former NFL quarterback last saw the football field as a member of the New England Patriots during 2013 training camp. Since then, he’s taken a job as an analyst on ESPN’s new SEC Network. Now, it appears that he’s branching outside the world of football. ABC News released a statement...
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Family Turns Young Daughter’s Ray Rice Jersey Into Positive Message (Photo)

When former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL for knocking out his then-fiancée in a casino elevator, the Bartlett family of Ellicott City, Md., had a dilemma on their hands. Their children, 9-year-old Bryson and 6-year-old Brynn, owned Rice jerseys, and the parents didn’t know what they should do with them. Then, father Bryan Bartlett had an idea...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox Wise To Pull Plug On Second Baseman’s Season

Dustin Pedroia’s season is over. And it’s a good thing for the Boston Red Sox. That’s probably not a statement you expected to hear this year, especially when the Red Sox kicked off their World Series defense. But the reality of the situation is that the Sox aren’t going anywhere, Pedroia is banged up and Boston needs to ensure one of its franchise cornerstones is 100 percent...
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CBS Pulls Rihanna-Don Cheadle Opener From ‘Thursday Night Football’

The release of a video showing Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in the face continues to send shockwaves through the NFL. In the wake of Rice’s release from the Baltimore Ravens and indefinite suspension from the NFL, CBS has announced that it removed an opener featuring pop star Rihanna and actor Don Cheadle from its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show. NFL Media spokesman Alex...
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Argentina’s San Lorenzo To Name New Stadium After Pope Francis

San Lorenzo has had a good year. So has Pope Francis. San Lorenzo, the Argentinian soccer team Pope Francis has supported since childhood, will cement its bond with the pontiff by naming its new stadium after him. “The name of the future stadium on La Plata Avenue has been approved. It will be called: Pope Francis,” San Lorenzo announced on Twitter on Wednesday. Se aprueba el...
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Aqib Talib Rocked Socks With Peyton Manning’s Face On Them (Photos)

Would you wear socks with your quarterback’s face on them? Aqib Talib certainly would. The Denver Broncos cornerback was photographed at practice Thursday rocking these awesome Peyton Manning socks. Broncos Aqib Talib was sporting Peyton Manning socks at @Broncos practice today. http://t.co/kSIl7TONGk— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 11, 2014 The front of the socks, however...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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