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Who Should Be Red Sox’ Starting Third Baseman Down the Stretch?

When Jose Iglesias got traded, the door seemingly opened for Xander Bogaerts’ arrival or Will Middlebrooks’ return. Instead, the Red Sox have since gone with a combination of Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder down at third base. Should the Red Sox continue to go with the Holt/Snyder platoon, or is it time for Boston to shake things up? Holt and Snyder have both played hard since...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Royals Live: Jake Peavy Looks to Put Sox Back on Track, But Faces Tough Opponent in Ervin Santana

6:52 p.m.: The Red Sox’ offense was completely shut down Thursday. The unit could receive a boost Friday, however, as David Ortiz returns to the lineup after a night off. Ortiz had back-to-back four-hit games Tuesday and Wednesday before being held out of Thursday’s contest. He has been on fire of late, and he also has had plenty of success against Royals starter Ervin Santana...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Veteran Receivers Helping Guide Aaron Dobson, Others Even Though It Could Cost Them Roster Spot

Most job interviews are supposed to be an every man for himself affair. The Patriots’ wide receivers are taking a different approach to their competition this summer. With, realistically, eight guys battling for what will likely amount to six roster spots at receiver, you’d expect veterans like Julian Edelman, Michael Jenkins and Kamar Aiken to exhibit a more selfish attitude...
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Rob Gronkowski’s Health Could Increase Battle Between Daniel Fells, Zach Sudfeld, Jake Ballard for Roster Spots

If Rob Gronkowski doesn’t start the season on the PUP list, it could shake up the positional battle at tight end. Adam Schefter reported on NFL Insiders this week that the buzz is positive regarding Gronkowski’s recovery from back surgery. Schefter went as far as to say Gronkowski is likely to avoid the PUP list to start the season. If Gronkowski is healthy enough to avoid...
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Jason Dufner Misses Single-Round Major Record After Leaving Final Putt Short (Video)

Jason Dufner had a chance to make history Friday afternoon. Nobody has ever shot a single-round score of 62 at a major championship, but Dufner had the opportunity to do just that by sinking a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th green at Oak Hill, the home of this year’s PGA Championship. But he 36-year-old left his putt just short, forcing him to settle for a second-round 63. Dufner...
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Jake Peavy Takes Mound, Stephen Drew Looks to Keep Hot Bat As Red Sox Take on Royals

Jake Peavy‘s debut for the Red Sox was everything the team had hoped for and more, as the righty surrendered only two runs on four hits through seven strong innings. The team will call Peavy’s number again on Friday, hoping he can deliver a similar performance against a surging Kansas City Royals team that took the first game of the series on Thursday. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury...
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Jimmy Fallon Writes Creative Walk-Up Songs For Derek Jeter (Video)

Derek Jeter already has a pretty unique walk-up routine at Yankee Stadium as he walks out to the voice of the late Don Sheppard announcing his name. Jeter visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night, and Fallon enlisted the help of hip hop band The Roots to brainstorm possible walk-up songs for Jeter. He has only played in two games at Yankee Stadium so far this year,...
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Pedro Martinez Says He Turned Down Steroids While in Dodgers’ Minor League System

Pedro Martinez operated during what has become known as the Golden Age of steroids in baseball. The future Hall of Famer won three Cy Youngs, was named to eight All-Star Games and picked up more than 200 wins while heavy hitters like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Barry Bonds ruled the game. All four of those sluggers — and countless other players — have since...
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Red Sox Sign Rafael Devers, Three Other International Free Agents Out of Latin America

The Red Sox are loading up on international talent. The Red Sox announced Friday that they have signed four international free agents, including third baseman Rafael Devers, who was one of the top-ranked prospects in this year’s international class. Devers, who turns 17 on Oct. 24, was ranked sixth among this year’s international free agents by MLB.com. He reportedly was considered...
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Jamie Collins, Adrian Wilson Could Steal Snaps From Brandon Spikes at Linebacker in Nickel Defense

Brandon Spikes‘ trainer told NFL Network the fourth-year linebacker skipped Patriots OTAs to become a three-down linebacker by getting in the best shape of his life. That might be the case, but so far, it doesn’t seem like the Patriots will allow Spikes to show his skills on third down. Spikes is one of the best run-stopping linebackers in the league. And while he seems to have...
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What Channel Is the Patriots-Eagles Preseason Game On?

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles open their respective preseason slates Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game can be seen on television on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston and NFL Network or heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Friday will mark the 21st preseason meeting between the two teams, with the all-time...
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Miami Dedicates New Locker Room to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (Photo)

Before Dwayne Johnson became “The Rock” and achieved international fame on the silver screen and wrestling ring, he was a University of Miami football player. Johnson played defensive tackle for The U in the early 1990s, and he remained an active member of the university community even after his graduation in 1995. He donated what was reportedly the largest former student contribution...
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Report: Randy Moss to Join FOX Sports as Analyst, Ending NFL Career

Randy Moss never liked talking to the media much during his NFL career, but that might be difficult to maintain as he ventures into his new career. Moss was close to a deal with FOX Sports to become an analyst for the network on Friday, according to Pro Football Talk. If there were any questions, though, Moss answered them with a forward tweet about his new gig later Friday afternoon...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers Acquire Alex Rios to Beef Up Outfield After Nelson Cruz Suspension

CHICAGO — The Texas Rangers have acquired Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox, beefing up their outfield for the stretch run with All-Star Nelson Cruz suspended. The White Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash. The teams announced the move on Friday. The Rangers, who began the day a percentage point behind Oakland for the AL West lead, were looking for help. Cruz...
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Paul Pierce Says Rajon Rondo’s Injury Set Off ‘Domino Effect’ in Breaking Up Celtics

He may not like it, but as the days pass, it seems Paul Pierce is starting to get used to now being a Brooklyn Net. As a result, he’s opening up a little bit more, too. The former Celtics captain was a guest Thursday on The Michael Kay Show, where he spoke about how his hatred for the Knicks has grown since the trade and that he thinks Nets-Knicks will be the best rivalry in sports...
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Dallas Cowboys’ Orlando Scandrick’s Posh $2.85 Million Hollywood Mansion Hits the Market (Photos)

Orlando Scandrick is listing his $2.85 million mansion in Hollywood Hills. Scandrick purchased the home in 2011 following a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys. The home made an appearance on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listings Los Angeles with real estate agent and television personality Josh Altman. Built in 2009, the Hollywood Hills home is prides itself on sophistication...
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BYU Football Coach Alters Nameplates on Jerseys, Changes Mind After Surprised Players Find Out (Photo)

BYU football players were welcomed with an unsuspecting surprise when they arrived to their lockers for team photo day on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall thought it would be a good idea to honor the values of the football program in a unique way, so he decided to alter the players’ jersey nameplates — which traditionally included last names — to accommodate...
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Bob Cousy, Who Revolutionized NBA With Ballhandling Skills, Turns 85 Years Old (Video)

The most amazing part of Bob Cousy‘s legendary career may be the fact that he came so close, so often, to stopping or being blocked along his path to the NBA. As the “Houdini of the Hardwood” celebrates his 85th birthday on Friday*, it is unimaginable that a professional basketball career was not in Cousy’s sights until late in his college career at Holy Cross. Even then...
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Former Dallas Mavericks ‘ManiAACs’ Pep Team Member Charged With Murdering Four Outside Dallas (Video)

Aaron Allen, father of one of four people believed to have been murdered by an Army veteran and former Dallas Mavericks “ManiAACs” member in suburban Dallas, perhaps put it best when asked what he hopes happens to Erbie Bowser. “I hope they put him in a cell with a bunch of dads,” Allen told CBS DFW11. Bowser, 44, is charged with four counts of capital murder for the killings...
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Golfer Matt Every Has Patriots Logo, Tim Tebow’s Name and Jersey Number on Golf Bag (Photo)

Matt Every is looking to get every advantage he can get at this weekend’s PGA Championship, and that apparently includes channeling some Tebow power. Every was seen Friday sporting a golf bag with the Patriots logo stitched in above a “Tebow 5″ monogram, an obvious homage to Patriots backup quarterback Tim Tebow. While it might seem like the most random and misguided reference...
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Mark Cuban Rips Bud Selig’s ‘Mafia,’ Calls MLB’s Handling of Alex Rodriguez ‘Disgraceful’

Mark Cuban tends to have opinions on things, and when it comes to Alex Rodriguez and the Biogenesis scandal, it’s no different. The Dallas Mavericks owner was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, and he was asked about the 211-game suspension — which the Yankees third baseman is appealing — that Rodriguez was handed Monday. Characteristically, Cuban used it...
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High School Basketball Prospect Makes 135 3-Pointers in Five Minutes, Sets World Record (Video)

College basketball recruiters would probably be advised to start taking a look at Josh Ruggles. If you’ve never heard of him until now, you’re likely not alone, but the junior high schooler may soon be making a name for himself. On Thursday, Ruggles drained 135 3-pointers in five minutes, which is apparently a new world record, according to the YouTube video description. On top...
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Typing ‘Nets.com’ Into Internet Browser Brings Up Celtics’ Website (Screenshot)

Somebody was having a little fun at the Nets’ expense Friday morning. Ever since the Celtics sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn, some people have jokingly referred to the new squad as the “Brooklyn Celtics.” On the flip side, with three of the Nets’ future first-round draft picks heading north, the green team of the future could be called the “Boston...
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Paul Pierce’s Hatred for Knicks Has ‘Grown a Little’ Since Trade to Nets, Calls It ‘Best Rivalry in Sports’

There will be no love lost when the Knicks and Nets meet up this season. The big brother/little brother rivalry still exists, even if “little brother” is stocked with accomplished veterans and past champions, while “big brother” is made up mostly of players still pining for the NBA’s ultimate prize. One of those champions, Paul Pierce, was hardly a Knicks fan as a member...
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Revolution Announce Acquisition of Veteran Forward Charlie Davies

The New England Revolution announced Friday that the club has acquired forward Charlie Davies. Davies, a Boston College graduate, comes to New England on loan from Denmark’s Randers FC. The Revs traded their final selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to D.C. United to haul in the striker. “Charlie is an exciting, dynamic player who we believe can excel with us,” Revolution...
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