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09/21/2014 - 3:59pm
Patriots hold on for ugly win over Raiders

FOXBORO — In a contest that was remarkably similar to their narrow escape against the Browns last year, the Patriots hung on down the stretch against the Raiders Sunday, coming away with a 16-9 win in their home opener at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots jumped to a 10-3 halftime lead, but couldn’t shake a pesky Raiders team, who hung around throughout the afternoon but escaped when Vince Wilfork picked off a Derek Carr pass with less than a minute to go to in the New England red zone, ending the late Oakland threat.

Tom Brady was 24-for-36 for 234 yards and one touchdown. Stevan Ridley had 19 carries for 54 yards, while Julian Edelman...

09/21/2014 - 2:25pm
Bogaerts exits in second inning due to stiff neck

BALTIMORE — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was removed from Sunday’s game prior to the bottom of the second inning due to neck stiffness. Bogaerts grounded out in his lone plate appearance and played one inning in the field (catching an inning-ending liner in the bottom of the first) before he made his departure.

“His neck started to stiffen. He was hit with a ball on a ricochet in [batting practice] in the cage. After his first at-bat, his neck started to stiffen further, and we got him out of there,” Sox manager John Farrell explained after the game. However, the manager added that the injury is minor and for right now it does not appear that Bogaerts will miss time during the season-ending home stretch.

Bogaerts is hitting .237 with a .659 OPS in 140 games. He is...

09/21/2014 - 1:44pm
Wright likely to make start; De La Rosa to 'pen

BALTIMORE — The open audition for spots in the 2015 Red Sox rotation are wrapping up, with two pitchers having concluded their late-2014 cases and one more being a chance to make his.

John Farrell outlined the rotation for the final week of the season, which will feature Anthony Ranaudo, Clay Buchholz and Allen Webster pitching against the Rays, followed by the possibility of knuckleballer Steven Wright on Friday against the Yankees, with Joe Kelly and Buchholz logging the final two games of the year. Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman...

09/21/2014 - 11:53am
Vereen, Collins active, Dobson, MJD inactive

FOXBORO — Shane Vereen (shoulder) and Jamie Collins (thigh) will be part of the game plan for the Patriots but Aaron Dobson will not.

Collins returns to the lineup after sitting out last week with a thigh injury.

This marks the second time Dobson has been inactive this season (he was also inactive in Week 1 in Miami). Kenbrell Thompkins, who sat out last week in Minnesota, is active again.

Also inactive are defensive backs Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) and Don Jones (hamstring), offensive linemen Josh Kline and Ryan Wendell(knee) and running back James White and defensive lineman Zach Moore. Michael Buchanan, who injured his ankle in the preseason finale against the Giants, is active for the first time this season.

For the Raiders, running back...

09/21/2014 - 9:40am
Storms possible for Pats home opener

FOXBORO — The 2014 home schedule is finally here for the Patriots.

After splitting their first two games on the road, the Patriots will get their chance to open the home schedule Sunday against the Oakland Raiders here at Gillette Stadium. And it could be a stormy day.

Forecasters are calling for temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s with a chance of thunderstorms around 3 p.m., in the second half of the game. Humidity, like Week 1 in Miami, could be a factor, with a relative humidity around 75 percent predicted. But the heat index won’t be nearly as high and a breeze of 10 MPH out of the south should help as well.

The Patriots are looking for their 12th win in 13 lifetime home openers at ...

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