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One problem solved: Red Sox have found their leadoff hitter in Mookie Betts

Rob Bradford  |  09/22/2014 - 9:01am EST

There is no uncertainty when it comes to Mookie Betts' first-inning at-bats. He knows the drill. The first thing is to pause just before entering the batters box and draw the initials "EC" in the dirt. This is a tribute to a pair of people -- his grandmother, Etta Collins, and close friend, Earl Carter -- both of whom have passed away. He then executes the second part of the routine, almost always taking the first pitch he sees. Just 10 times in 186 plate major league plate appearances has Betts put his first offering in play this season. "I toyed with it in the minor leagues, swinging at the first pitch. It didn't really work too well," he admitted. "I'm alright taking a strike and trying to see all of his pitches in ...

While Pats offense slogs through morass, defense has tools to lead way

Christopher Price  |  09/21/2014 - 9:56pm EST

FOXBORO -- For the better part of the last decade, the Patriots' best defense has often been four touchdown passes from Tom Brady: If you can’t stop 'em, outscore 'em. But in a year where the offense has been sluggish out of the gate, the New England defense has done just enough to stem the tide. It hasn’t been aesthetically pleasing -- and the overall quality of the opponent should be kept in mind -- but there’s something to be said for allowing only one touchdown over the last two games. “That was kind of a grind-it-out game for us,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said following Sunday's closer-than-expected win over the Raiders. “Defensively, any time you can keep a team out of the end zone, you have to ...

This Patriots construction project is testing our patience

Tim Benz  |  09/21/2014 - 8:58pm EST

Well, the kickers were good. If you are looking for superlatives to hand out for point production coming off of New England's trudging 16-9 win over Oakland on Sunday, where else do you turn? Aside from a 6-for-6 field goal performance from Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostkowski, everything else in this one was far from perfect when it came to putting points on the board. "It's not one person. It's everybody's job," saidTom Brady. "Right now, we're building our team. We're trying to make improvements. It hasn't all gone right." Actually on Sunday very little went right offensively. And the offensive construction project Tom Brady is talking about seems to be about as slow going as the Big Dig. Yes, the defenses were ...

Lucic Island: The evolution of the Krejci line and where it's headed next

DJ Bean  |  09/21/2014 - 1:45am EST

Since David Krejci became the team’s first-line center to start the 2010-11 season, the Bruins have offered the top two lines of their opponents this unappetizing choice: either play against Patrice Bergeron’s line and Zdeno Chara’s pairing and struggle to score, or face the physical challenge of playing against Krejci’s bookend power forwards. That time is over. “I think it’s going to be fun to have a little bit of change,” Milan Lucic said Saturday. “I think obviously there’s more responsibility on myself as far as that goes, but I don’t think much changes. I think you still have to be that physical force and that physical presence that you know you can be.” Power forwards are ...

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09/22/2014 - 9:01am

There is no uncertainty when it comes to Mookie Betts' first-inning at-bats. He knows the drill. The first thing is to pause just before entering the batters box and draw the initials "EC" in the dirt. This is a tribute to a pair of people -- his grandmother, Etta Collins, and close friend, Earl Carter -- both of whom have passed away. He ... more »

09/20/2014 - 10:38am

BALTIMORE -- Andrew Miller did on Friday what Andrew Miller does. With a runner on first in the eighth inning of a tie game, Miller worked around an error to retire three Red Sox (just one by strikeout) and keep the game in check. The 29-year-old has spent most of his time with the Orioles blitzing through those sorts of outcomes. In 20 appearances ... more »

09/21/2014 - 9:56pm

FOXBORO -- For the better part of the last decade, the Patriots' best defense has often been four touchdown passes from Tom Brady: If you can’t stop 'em, outscore 'em. But in a year where the offense has been sluggish out of the gate, the New England defense has done just enough to stem the tide. It hasn’t been aesthetically pleasing -- ... more »

09/21/2014 - 1:45am

Since David Krejci became the team’s first-line center to start the 2010-11 season, the Bruins have offered the top two lines of their opponents this unappetizing choice: either play against Patrice Bergeron’s line and Zdeno Chara’s pairing and struggle to score, or face the physical challenge of playing against Krejci’s bookend ... more »

09/18/2014 - 11:07pm

Serious question: In the 11 days since the video of Ray Rice knocking his fiancée out cold emerged on TMZ, has anyone associated with the NFL seen his or her image improve? No one, right? Everyone looks worse. It starts with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, of course. And Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Jonathan Dwyer. Then there's Roger Goodell, and ... more »

09/19/2014 - 1:10pm

FOXBORO -- Just imagine Bill Belichick with an ice pick. No doubt many of his critics - in and out of the media - over the years would have little trouble with that imagery. But the truth of the matter is that's how the legendary coach used to break down film back in the day. "When we were with the Colts, what I did with the Colts was I wrote ... more »

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