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Clay Buchholz Claims Amica Pitcher of the Week Honors After Strong Performance Against White Sox

The Red Sox have won five of eight games since the All-Star break, with the main reason for their success being the pitching staff's ability to support MLB's top offense. Since the break, the Red Sox have a 2.75 team ERA. In their five wins during that time, that ERA drops to an absurdly low 1.00. That makes for several worthy candidates for the Amica Pitcher of the Week...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez, Cody Ross Among Hottest Red Sox Hitters Going Against Toronto

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 entered Friday's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on a torrid pace. A healthier version of the Red Sox lineup, bolstered by players returning from injury, had lifted...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 10 Issues for NHL Include Revenue, Free Agency, Contract Restrictions (Photos)

After seven season of joyous, uninterrupted hockey, every fan's worst nightmare has returned. Labor talks and the threat of another lockout have taken center stage just eight years after the owners shut down the NHL for an entire season in 2004-05. The negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement are still in their nascent stages, so it's too early to panic about...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Live Blog: Aaron Cook Brings Dominant Stretch Into Series With Blue Jays

11 am. ET: Aaron Cook has become the Red Sox' shutdown man. After fighting past injuries to claw his way into the Red Sox' rotation this year, Cook has been the best of the bunch. In his four starts since coming off the disabled list, he's allowed just five earned runs, including two scoreless outings. Last Monday, he pitched a speedy seven innings, inducing groundout...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

How Many Home Runs Will Cody Ross Hit This Season?

No one put up much of a fuss when the Red Sox signed Cody Ross to a one-year, $3 million contract in January. The 31-year-old outfielder had had his moments, including hitting .294 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in 15 playoff games in the San Francisco Giants' run to the World Series in 2010. He earned National League Championship Series MVP honors along the way. But Ross had...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

'Ted' May Be Hilarious, But He's Still Missing One Thing That Proves He's Truly From Boston

Ted, Seth MacFarlane's directorial debut about a teddy bear that comes to life, has been a hit at the box office, collecting over $200 million so far. With New England natives in MacFarlane and actor Mark Wahlberg, it made sense to set the film in Boston, with Fenway Park serving as the setting for the film's climax, just as it did for 2010's The Town. But even though...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

British Open Has Colorful Guests, Including Bird-Calling Man Who Videobombed U.S. Open (Photo)

Once a guy interrupts one major golf tournament trophy ceremony with bird noises and a Union Jack hat, you'd think the powers that be would be wary of letting him near another major. But it appears that Andrew James Dudley -- self-identified as "Jungle Bird" -- has been allowed on the Royal Lytham course at the British Open. Dudley was spotted with his trademark tri...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Brett Favre to Coach High School Football in Mississippi

Brett Favre is returning to football - as an assistant high school coach in Mississippi. His agent, Bus Cook, told The Associated Press Friday that Favre will work at Oak Grove High School this fall "to help out in some capacity, but I'm not sure exactly what his role will be." The school is near the former NFL quarterback's home in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Biloxi...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Doc Rivers' Presence Primary Reason Boston Has Become Desirable Free-Agent Destination

Unthinkable though it may be to the diehards who have a closet full of green jerseys and strain their vocal chords cheering at Celtics games, Boston traditionally has not been the NBA's prominent destination for players. The Celtics never came up on Dwight Howard's wish list over the last two years of Howard's ESPN daytime television drama. Kevin Garnett, for all the...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Miami Football In Trouble Again as New Report Alleges More Recruiting Violations

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Al Golden's second season at the school is beginning much like his first one, with new accusations of rule breaking, the looming threat of serious NCAA sanctions and no apparent end in sight for the long probe into the Hurricanes' compliance practices. Citing unidentified sources, Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that former Miami football employee...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Beckett, Jon Lester Still Hold the Keys to Unlock Red Sox' Playoff Potential

BOSTON -- We'll go as far as (fill in the blank) can take us. That's a phrase sports fans everywhere have become accustomed to hearing, and in Boston it's no different. The Celtics could go as far as Rajon Rondo could take them. The Bruins' Stanley Cup hopes relied heavily on Tim Thomas. The Patriots put their Super Bowl aspirations on the shoulders of Tom Brady and...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Collective Bargaining Negotiations Will Ultimately Come Down to Money-Related Issues (Video)

With the NHL's collective bargaining agreement set to expire on Sept. 15, the league proposed a new agreement to the Player's Association on July 16 and then entered three days of negotiations. The one problem with this is that the deal appears to be weighted extremely in favor of the owners, with the league asking players to reduce their share of hockey-related revenues...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Beckett Says 'Results Are Not Where You Want Them to Be' After Giving Up Four Runs Early (Video)

It's an understatement to say that Josh Beckett has had his share of troubles in the early going of his starts this season. Heading into Friday night's start against the Blue Jays, he owned a 6.90 ERA in the first two innings of his 15 starts. The early problems continued for the Red Sox right-hander against Toronto, as he gave up two runs in each of the first two innings...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Beckett's Trend of Early-Inning Struggles Proving Costly for Red Sox

BOSTON –– Before the game, Bobby Valentine vouched for his pitcher. When asked if Josh Beckett would survive the first inning unscathed -- a difficulty in recent starts -- the Red Sox skipper nodded his head. He cited Beckett's confidence as his grounds for the statement. Turns out, Valentine was wrong with his assertion. During Friday's 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays, Beckett...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Disagree With Umpire's Call With Colby Rasmus Play At The Plate

BOSTON –– Will Middlebrooks was presented with a dilemma. In the first inning, Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion uncorked a grounder to third base, likely an easy out. Instead, Middlebrooks fired a bullet to home plate in an attempt to catch Colby Rasmus out. When Rasmus collided with Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach, various replays showed that he had been tagged out. Home plate...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox' Tough Loss After Magical Win a Reminder That Baseball Really Is a Grind

BOSTON -- Cody Ross' majestic walk-off blast on Thursday night had some Red Sox fans mapping out their World Series plans. Friday night's lackluster performance against the Blue Jays has those same fans gearing up for a long offseason. That's baseball. And "that's baseball" is all you can really chalk things up as after standing around the Boston clubhouse...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks Reemergence At Plate Could Be Key to Consistency for Red Sox

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 the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. Some may call it a hangover. But, simply put, the Red Sox just didn't give their best effort on Friday night. Josh Beckett, looking to build a streak after a solid outing on Sunday...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Tiger Woods Epic Chip-In on 18th Green at British Open Should Have Brandt Snedeker, Golf World Scared (Video)

Tiger Woods walked up to the 18th green at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Course on Friday afternoon, staring at his ball down in the canyon they called a sand trap. It was an impossible shot for any golfer to make, but then again this was Tiger. As he envisioned each sequence the shot would take from gripping his wedge to striking the ball and ultimately the ball rolling safely...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Beckett Must Avoid First Inning Jams to Find Consistency for Red Sox (Video)

Josh Beckett has had a tough time getting out of the early innings without a deficit plaguing the Red Sox. As one of Boston's front-line starters, Beckett has been relied upon to find a solid rhythm from the get go in each of his starts. But recent history has shown that Becks just can't seem to toss zeros on the scoreboard at a consistent rate -- as both of his past two...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Bobby Valentine Doesn't Buy Into Theory Of Game-To-Game Momentum For Red Sox

BOSTON –– The team's confidence is through the roof. On Wednesday, the Red Sox exploded for 10 runs in a rout. A day later, Cody Ross lifted the team to a walk-off victory, launching a three-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday's game to ice the game. But Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine doesn't think the momentum carries over from game to game. "Not at...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Cody Ross, Bobby Valentine Recognize Risks That Come With Celebrating Walk-Off Wins

BOSTON –– For the second time this season, the Red Sox celebrated a walk-off victory. The first time took place on May 26, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a game-winning home run against the Rays. Then, on Thursday, Cody Ross rose to the occasion, clubbing a three-run bomb to topple the White Sox. In each scenario, players swarmed the hero at home plate and mobbed him. Red...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Ngoo and Marc Pelosi Lead Liverpool Reserves to 4-2 Victory Over USA U-20s

Michael Ngoo was on the mark as Liverpool Reserves beat USA U20s 4-2 on Thursday afternoon. In an exciting friendly encounter at the Academy, Rodolfo Borrell's young side played some superb football and will be delighted with this victory. Conor Coady played his first game since returning from England U-19 duty in the UEFA European Championships, and Toni Silva was again on top...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Jonathan Sanchez-Jeremy Guthrie Swap Awesomely Terrible, Could Someday Spark Plenty of Laughter

Somewhere, someday, somehow, we could all sit back and have a good laugh about this one. In a deal that can only be described as heinous as this juncture of the baseball season, the Rockies and Royals have swapped a pair of struggling starters, with Jeremy Guthrie headed to Kansas City and Jonathan Sanchez gearing up for the Mile High City. On the surface, this deal is gross. Sanchez...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Nick Punto Recalls Albert Pujols Home Run As Inception of 'Shredder' Nickname (Video)

As Cody Ross rounded third base after his walkoff home run on Thursday night, the Red Sox were there to greet with him hugs and cheers. But Nick Punto took on his alter-ego during the celebration and was intent on making the moment one to remember. Punto, who has been nicknamed "the shredder" for his role in past walkoff wins, has made quite an impact on his teammate, enough...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Suso Looks Forward to Playing in Brendan Rodgers' 'Tiki-Taka' System

Liverpool starlet Suso is eyeing a place in Brendan Rodgers' starting 11 for next year's Barclays Premier League campaign, and the Spaniard has set his sights on helping bring "Tiki-Taka" football to Anfield. Rodgers' Swansea side delighted audiences with their intricate passing patterns and a brand of aggressive possession football last season and the Ulsterman...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss
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