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08/24/2012 - 1:13am
Bobby V on HR: 'No one' called for replay

Vernon Wells acknowledged after the Angels' 14-13 win in 10 innings that his key one-out ninth-inning homer off Alfredo Aceves wouldn't have counted had the Red Sox and manager Bobby Valentine challenged through instant replay. Valentine didn't challenge the home run that started a three-run rally that turned the Angels' two-run deficit into a one-run lead before Cody Ross homered in the bottom of the ninth.  

"I didn't see anybody thinking it was not a home run," Valentine said. "There wasn't anybody on the field that didn't think it was a home run, did they? That's the first I even heard of that. No one even came back with the replay. How does it bounce straight up like that if it's not a home run?"

Told that the ball hit the lip and remained in play, Valentine took a drink of water and shook his head in frustration. 

Said Wells: "When I hit it, I was just thinking it hit off the wall. Then I saw the way...

08/24/2012 - 12:57am
Valentine: Leaving in Aceves 'wrong decision'

After his team's 14-13 loss to the Angels, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine talked about his decision to bring back Alredo Aceves for the 10th inning after the Sox closer had surrendered three runs while throwing 33 pitches in the ninth.

"It was basically the same thing [Angels manager Mike] Scioscia did," Valentine said. "He's a closer, he gives up a lead. Two left-handers in the bullpen and they had a right-handed lineup. Had three innings left, I didn't want to squeeze another inning out. It obviously was the wrong decision."

After the Red Sox had sent the game into extra innings courtesy a solo home run by Cody Ross in the home half of the ninth, Aceves lasted just four pitches in the 10th. The righty surrendered a leadoff home run to Kendrys Morales before Erick Aybar singled to right field.

Aceves, who was replaced by Craig Breslow, said the problem was a simple as missed fastball location.

"I'm not...

08/23/2012 - 11:47pm
Meltdown: Sox blow 3 leads, Halos sweep

In a remarkable microcosm of their disastrous slide of 2012, the Red Sox blew three leads including a 6-0 advantage as the Angels beat the Red Sox, 14-13, in bizarre 10-inning game that took four hours, 34 minutes. Kendrys Morales smoked a homer to right to open the 10th against Alfredo Aceves to give the Angels the lead for good. The game featured 15 pitchers, with the Red Sox using seven pitchers in relief of starter Franklin Morales. Appropriately, Adrian Gonzalez struck out with the tying run on base to end the marathon. 

The Red Sox fell for the fourth straight time and were swept by the Angels in the three-game series. They are now 59-66 this season and have lost all 25 games in which the opponent has scored seven runs or more. Entering this season, the Red Sox lost once since 1933 when scoring at least 12 runs. Thursday marked the second time this season. 

In the top of the ninth, Vernon Wells homered off the top of the Green...

08/23/2012 - 10:25pm
Ortiz urged players to attend funeral

David Ortiz said prior to the Red Sox' game against the Angels Thursday night that he understood how previous commitments might have prevented some Red Sox players from attending Johnny Pesky's funeral Monday, but he did point out that he had encouraged members of the team to participate in the ceremony.

 

"My No. 1 priority that day was being there, being with family and just sharing that last moment with him," Ortiz said. "I said on the airplane to everybody, 'Expect his funeral tomorrow. If you can go ahead and show up, go ahead, that would be great.' If they could make it, great. But I don't think it's fair bringing it up now."

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08/23/2012 - 8:03pm
Bills GM Nix: Patriots 'don't scare me'

Jets coach Rex Ryan has never been shy when it comes to his beliefs regarding the Patriots. Now, it sounds like Bills general manager Buddy Nix is taking a page from Ryan’s playbook, delivering some fighting words when asked about his feelings toward the Patriots.

“I think they oughta expect a lot of us. We expect a lot out of ourselves,” Nix told the Toronto Sun. “New England, the AFC -- they don’t scare me. I think we can compete with any of ‘em, and our intention is to try to win the division.”

The Bills, who haven’t won the AFC East since 1995, are coming off a successful offseason, having landed defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in hopes of bolstering the pass rush.

“Every really good coach I’ve ever been with, they emphasize [winning the division] strongly, and we always have,” Nix said. “I think it all starts there. You start depending on the wild...

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