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Dodgers Becoming Yankees of West Coast With High-Salary Acquisitions

The Dodgers aren't sending any mixed messages when it comes to what the team is doing to contend in the National League. The Los Angeles franchise, which already had a $3 billion, multiyear TV deal waiting in the wings, was salvaged from the reign of Frank McCourt this past spring thanks to a $2.15 billion bid from an ownership group including Magic Johnson. That group has immediately...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Jabar Gaffney or Donte Stallworth May Sign With Dolphins, Says Agent Drew Rosenhaus

Don't be surprised if the Dolphins add a wide receiver by the time you're done reading this article. The Dolphins, who have already worked out Donte Stallworth, have also worked out Jabar Gaffney, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. According to The Palm Beach Post's Ben Volin, agent Drew Rosenahus said during a radio appearance Sunday night that Stallworth or Gaffney...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Jason Repko Tumbles Over Left-Field Fence While Making Unbelievable Catch (Video)

Over the course of a baseball season, the phrase "play of the year" is tossed around so much that it no longer holds much weight. Jason Repko's grab on Sunday earns that title hands down, though. Kosuke Fukudome put a charge into one with the bases loaded in the first inning, forcing Repko to sprint toward the left-field fence in pursuit. The Red Sox farmhand then left...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg's Final Start of MLB Season to Be Sept. 12, With No Postseason Appearances

The countdown to Stephen Strasburg's pitching plug being pulled has been going on all season, although most people had to guess when the final, fateful date would be. The Nationals made it official Sunday, with Washington manager Davey Johnson announcing that Strasburg's last start will be Sept. 12 against the Mets. He also said Strasburg would not be pitching in the playoffs...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss
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Joey Chestnut downs 191 wings in 12 minutes

Be thankful Joey Chestnut didn't attend your Labor Day weekend cookout. Chestnut, known for his dominance at the annual July 4 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, showed Sunday that it doesn't really matter what's on the menu. Regardless of the lineup, he's going to eat more than you -- plain and simple. Chestnut flexed his muscle at the National...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Live Blog: Boston Turns to Newly Anointed Ace Clay Buchholz to Reverse Rotation's Fortunes

8 a.m. ET: There's no sense in tiptoeing around it. The Boston Red Sox' (62-73) starting pitching has been awful throughout the course of this 9-game West Coast swing. Ever since Daisuke Matsuzaka went seven innings of one-run ball a week ago last Monday, in a matinee game against the Kansas City Royals, the only halfway decent efforts the rotation has provided were via Jon...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Pia Sundhage Brought Peace and Success to U.S. Women's National Team, Leaves Post for Sweden

Pia Sundhage is set to step down as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, so she can live out her dream. She will leave behind a legacy of tranquility and success that U.S. Soccer must defend and cherish as it ventures into the unknown future. What was supposed to be a five-game "victory tour," has taken a sharp turn. Shortly before the U.S. beat Costa...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots React to Friday's Cuts, Practice in Full Pads Entering Week 1 (Video)

To get down to that final 53-man roster, every year tough decision have to be made, and Bill Belichick is among the most cutthroat when it comes to putting aside personal relationships to make the best choices for fielding a winning football team. In that vein, 22 players were cut by the Patriots on Friday, including established names such as Deion Branch, as the team looks a week...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Charlie Moore Hangs Out With Former Patriots Pete Brock, Steve Grogan (Video)

Beyond his unique persona and, of course, incredible fishing abilities, the endearing thing about Charlie Moore Outdoors is the guests The Mad Fisherman is able to wrangle on his program. Usually, they have a New England connection, as well. On this edition of the program, Moore welcomes a couple former Patriots to the show -- center Pete Brock and quarterback Steve Grogan. In the...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Daisuke Matsuzaka 'Disappointed' He Couldn't Give Red Sox More Innings Sunday (Video)

Admit it, after Monday's successful seven-inning start against the Kansas City Royals, even in such a bleek season you got your hopes up for Daisuke Matsuzaka just a little bit. Well, instead of building on his last time out, Dice-K seemed to regress on Sunday against the Oakland A's, yielding six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings to a red-hot Athletics ballclub. Maybe...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Billy the Marlin Hangs Out With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Marlins Park

Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo usually roam the sewers in New York City, but they made an exception on Sunday afternoon. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles invaded Marlins Park on Sunday in Miami to watch the Fish take on the Mets and, of course, celebrate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle day at the stadium. However, they may have added a new member to a clique that already...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Starting Staff Needs to End Trend of Early Flameouts, Ease Pressure on Bullpen

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. The road trip was already a nightmare. But now, it's downright ugly. Just days after a dazzling start against the Royals, Daisuke Matsuzaka became the fourth pitcher in the last five games...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Vote: Who is the Front-Runner for the American League Cy Young Award?

The American League has seen more than its fair share of great pitching this year. Though mostly known as the better offensive league, it's probably more accurate to just say that it's the deeper half of baseball in general -- though the DH certainly doesn't hinder those offensive numbers. Nonetheless, a litany of pitchers are competing for the AL Cy Young award this...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Lowell Spinners Catcher J.T. Watkins Has Unique Military, Baseball Perspective (Video)

J.T. Watkins surely isn't the first professional baseball player to come out of the Army. Likewise, Watkins surely isn't the first pro ball player to have a major league scout for a dad. The combination, however, might be unique to his own experience. Watkins was drafted much higher than expected by the Red Sox, in the 10th round of the amateur draft, and got into 17 games...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

David Beckham Uses Trademark Free Kick to Hit New Heights in MLS (Video)

David Beckham has been a marketer's dream since joining the L.A. Galaxy in 2007, but his on-field contribution has often lagged behind the hype machine. That has begun to change over the last 18 months, as the former England captain has become a consistent top performer in Major League Soccer. Beckham scored, in trademark fashion, on Saturday night to seal L.A.'s 2-0 win...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Alfredo Aceves' Track Record of Behavioral Issues Bubbling Up for Red Sox (Video)

Just to recap, Alfredo Aceves was involved in three separate bizarre incidents in one inning alone Saturday -- and that was before the dugout altercation. Somewhere between uncoordinated pickoff plays at second, refusing to exchange a baseball with an umpire and going after a pop fly that was clearly not his play, it seems reasonable to question Aceves' mindset. Well, the Red...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Clarifies 'Sexy' Comment Made to Young Ballplayers (Video)

While visiting a baseball camp in August, Bryce Harper raised some eyebrows with his words of wisdom. As he worked with two kids, the Nationals outfielder advised them to be as "sexy as you can" during hitting drills. Well, there's a method to the 19-year-old's madness. When asked to explain the statement, Harper said it was his way of encouraging youngsters to...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Alfredo Aceves' Role With Red Sox Unclear Going Forward (Video)

So, what is Alfredo Aceves, exactly? A Closer, middle reliever or starting pitcher? No one seems to be sure anymore, and Aceves' outbursts and bizarre behavior on the mound have only made the situation that much more convoluted going forward. On Sunday, the news came down that the Red Sox intend for Aceves to start at some point this season, after being non-specific as to why...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Promote Ivan De Jesus, One of Several Prospects Obtained from Dodgers

The Red Sox will soon have a first look at some of the fruit from their trade with the Dodgers. The Red Sox have promoted Ivan De Jesus to fortify their infield. With Pedro Ciriaco playing the outfield and Mauro Gomez starting at third -- Ciriaco has little experience in the outfield and Gomez hasn't played third regularly in three seasons -- the Red Sox could use De Jesus. DeJesus...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Sleeping Southampton Fan Wakes Up to Celebrate, Fools No One (Video)

Soccer can have its dull moments, and fans fill the empty times in the game by doing all sorts of things. Some let their minds wander, others play with their phones, and some even sleep, as one Southampton fan was caught doing on Sunday. The unidentified fan was napping in his seat in second half of Southampton's game against Manchester United, but he was shaken from his slumber...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Alfredo Aceves Will Likely Start at Some Point Before Season Ends, Bobby Valentine Says

Alfredo Aceves' role on the pitching staff has been uncertain in recent days. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has said he wants to stretch Aceves' outings, but Valentine didn't say whether that would be as a starter or in long relief. On Sunday, though, Valentine said he was leaning toward giving Aceves a start before the end of the season. "The program is for him...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez Says He's Had 'A Lot of Bad Habits' With Swing Throughout Year as Red Sox Slump Continues in L.A.

Adrian Gonzalez didn't wait long before making his presence felt with the Dodgers. Hours after being traded from Los Angeles to Boston, the first baseman hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat. Ever since, though, Gonzalez has been slumping. Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks marked his third straight hitless game -- 15 at-bats in all. Gonzalez has a .182 batting...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury Sits With Sore Wrist as Red Sox Turn to Youth to Fill Out Lineup

The Red Sox knew they would have days as the season winds down where the lineup would be filled with the names of call-ups and players looking to prove themselves. Sunday proves to be one of those days. Pedro Ciriaco, Mauro Gomez, Ryan Lavarnway and Jose Iglesias are all getting the call against the A's, with Ciriaco making a rare appearance in left field. One player missing...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Robin van Persie Mocked for Penalty-Kick Fail, Responds With Hat-Trick (Video)

Robin van Persie must be one proud man. The Manchester United striker responded to the taunts of the soccer world by doing what he does best: scoring goals and winning games. Van Persie bagged all three goals for United in its 3-2 win over Southampton on Saturday. Sandwiched in between the first and second was a missed penalty kick that had people laughing at the Dutchman's expense...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Carter, Brandon Moss the Hot Bats as Red Sox, A's Wrap Up Series in Oakland

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. The Red Sox' bats have been all but silent in their swing through the West Coast, but the A's have had no trouble mounting offense night after night. Coming off a 7-1 win over Boston on...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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