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12/07/2010 - 3:06am
Sox open to giving up pick to sign Downs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While the Red Sox value their draft picks highly, and are typically reluctant to spend heavily on middle relievers, the team does not necessarily view the need to give up a draft pick to sign Type A free agent Scott Downs a deal-breaker. If the team could come to terms with Downs on a contract that made sense, it would consider forfeiting a draft selection (which could be as high as the No. 24 pick in the first round of the 2011 draft) to strike a deal with the top left-hander on the market.

 

Downs had a 2.64 ERA in 2010, and a 2.36 mark over the last four years with the Blue Jays. His track record of consistent excellence in the AL East will make him one of the more coveted relievers on the market this offseason.

 

For more on how the relief market is shaping up for the Sox,...

12/07/2010 - 1:03am
Brady: 'It wasn't their day, it was our day'

Tom Brady has been saying all week that the Patriots couldn't afford to lose to the Jets twice in one season and on Monday night he made sure that didn't happen, completing 21-of-29 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns in the Pats' 45-3 win. "You can't lose to the same team twice," Brady said. "If you want to win your division, which is our goal, you can't lose to the same team twice. It's a team that [was] 9-2 and playing pretty good football. It wasn't their day. It was our day. But we may see them again."

 

Brady started out red hot in leading the Patriots to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter. He was asked if he could sense things were going to go his way. "Not me," he said. "I don't. I've seen some pretty crazy things happen. You go back to last year with some leads and we just didn't produce much in the fourth quarter. We've got to continue to find way to produce in the fourth quarter. Our defense...

12/07/2010 - 12:52am
Rex Ryan: 'Got our butts kicked'

FOXBORO - A subdued Rex Ryan met with the media after the Jets were dominated by the Patriots by a 45-3 final on Monday night. Ryan's opening comments were short but to the point.

 

"Obviously we got out-coached, got out-played, got our butts kicked," said Ryan. "I don't know what else you can say about it."  

 

Ryan was asked where this loss ranked in his career.

 

"The biggest butt-whooping I've ever taken as a coach in my career, " Ryan said. "But I can promise you one thing: I'll be ready to play them - I'll go out and play them now if they'll go out and do it again." 

 

For more Patriots news visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

 

 


12/07/2010 - 12:31am
Belichick: 'Best 60 minutes of football'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn't often dole out a lot of praise, but he cut right to the chase after his team demolished the Jets, 45-3 Monday night. "I thought this was the best 60 minutes of football we've played all year," he said. "We had a good week in practice. Everybody was really focused. We got a lot of solid play, really from everybody. It was a good night for us, we'll take it."

 

The win evened the season series and put the Patriots a game ahead of New York in the East at 10-2, but this may not be the last time these two teams play as they could meet again in the playoffs. "The Jets are a good football team," the coach said. "I'm sure we haven't heard the last from them, but tonight was our night." 

 

Belichick was clearly pleased that the Patriots played this well, and won such an important game on Tedy Bruschi night. "I'm sure it's a game that Tedy's...

12/06/2010 - 11:34pm
Auto-pilot: Pats trash Ryan's Jets

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady threw four touchdowns in another near-perfect performance, continuing his run at an NFL MVP honor, as the Patriots embarrassed the Jets, 45-3, Monday night at Gillette Stadium. Brady threw four touchdowns and led a pair of second-half drives of over 90 yards in following up his "perfect" game on Thanksgiving with another phenomenal game. 

 

Brady was 21-of-29 for 326 yards for a rating of 148.8, just shy of the 158.3 perfect mark. Brady's first TD pass came on 4th and 3 at the Jets 25. He found Deion Branch on a quick slant and Branch eluded a pair of defenders to get in the end zone.  Danny Woodhead had a career-high 104 receiving yards. Brady now has 252 career TD passes, as he passed Drew Bledsoe for 13th place in NFL history. BenJarvus Green-Ellis added a pair of touchdown runs for the Patriots, who won their fourth straight after a 10-day layoff. 

 

Meanwhile, the...

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