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09/13/2014 - 11:03pm
De La Rosa struggles, Wright shines in Sox loss

(For the final month of the regular season, ‘€œClosing Time’€ will be called ‘€œWhy you should have cared,’€ looking beyond the final score ‘€” at a time when losses are arguably more valuable to the Sox than wins (for draft and waiver position) ‘€” for either meaningful signs for 2015 or simple aesthetic considerations.)

KANSAS CITY — Just about everything Red Sox-related Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium proved to be uninspiring for the visitors in their 7-1 defeat to the Royals.

Starter Rubby De La Rosa struggled. The offense was shut down by KC hurler Jeremy Guthrie. And even...

09/13/2014 - 9:23pm
Patriots rule Collins, Wendell out vs. Vikings

The Patriots announced Saturday night that linebacker Jamie Collins, defensive end Michael Buchanan and center Ryan Wendell have been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

Collins is in his second season, and the Southern Miss product has evolved into one of the more versatile defenders on the team. However, the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder popped up on the injury report late this week with a thigh injury, and will miss the first game of his career as a professional Sunday against the Vikings. The Patriots shuffled the back end of the depth chart at linebacker on Saturday, releasing Darius Fleming and adding Deontae Skinner from the practice squad — Skinner could be in for a lot of snaps come Sunday in Minnesota.

Also in his second year, the 6-foot-6, 255-pound Buchanan has struggled with an ample injury since the start of the season. The backup defensive end will miss his second game of the 2014 season as a result.

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09/13/2014 - 5:08pm
Pats promote Skinner from PS, waive Fleming

The Patriots promoted linebacker Deontae Skinner from the practice squad on Saturday and waived linebacker Darius Fleming.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Skinner was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Mississippi State on May 12, 2014. He was released in August and later added to the practice squad.

As for Fleming, he was selected by the Niners in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2012 draft out of Notre Dame. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder, missed his first two NFL season due to injury, but signed with the Patriots this past spring and made the final roster following cuts. He wasn’t active for the regular-season opener against the Dolphins.

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09/13/2014 - 3:08pm
Lineup: Betts starts at second base for Sox

KANSAS CITY — With Dustin Pedroia out for the season after undergoing hand surgery, and Brock Holt still recovering from a concussion, Mookie Betts will begin his stint at second baseman for the Red Sox Saturday night.

Betts, who came up through the minor leagues as a second baseman before transitioning to outfield just before his call-up earlier this season, will leadoff against Royals’ starter Jeremy Guthrie.

Here is the Red Sox lineup with Rubby De La Rosa taking the hill for the visitors:

Mookie Betts 2B

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09/13/2014 - 7:56am
Webster, Betts lead Red Sox past Royals

(For the final month of the regular season, ‘€œClosing Time’€ will be called ‘€œWhy you should have cared,’€ looking beyond the final score ‘€” at a time when losses are arguably more valuable to the Sox than wins (for draft and waiver position) ‘€” for either meaningful signs for 2015 or simple aesthetic considerations.)

KANSAS CITY — This was undoubtedly Allen Webster’s shining moment as a major league pitcher.

Not only did the Red Sox starter get out of a significant three-start rut — allowing just two runs over six innings in the Sox’s 4-2 win over the Royals Friday night — but he did so with something significant on the line. Webster, the pitcher who has had uneven results throughout his...

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