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07/03/2011 - 9:49pm
Players vote Brady best player in NFL
By: DJ Bean

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was ranked No. 1 on the NFL Network's countdown of the top 100 players of 2011. Brady finished ahead of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who finished second. Adrian Peterson, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed rounded out the top five. 

Brady was named MVP of the league for the second time in his career last season, leading the NFL with 36 touchdowns and a 111.0 rating while throwing only four interceptions. He holds the record for passing touchdowns in a season with 50, which he accomplished during the Patriots' undefeated regular season in 2007.  

Brady was one of five Patriots players on the list, with three of his teammates finishing in the top 50. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was ranked No. 35, while offensive guard Logan Mankins came in at No. 39. Wide receiver Wes Welker ranked 50th, while linebacker Jerod Mayo was chosen as the 62nd best player. 

The list was chosen by the NFL players themselves,...

07/03/2011 - 9:48pm
Iglesias appears OK after being hit in head

Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias walked off the McCoy Stadium field Sunday night after being hit in the helmet by a fastball from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitcher Andrew Brackman in the eighth inning of the Pawtucket Red Sox' 9-3 win over the Yankees.

According to the Providence Journal, Iglesias fell to the dirt after being struck in the back of the head, leading to immediate attention from the Pawtucket medical staff. The shortstop was flipped on his back and eventually lifted to his feet before walking to the dugout, for the most part under his own power.

"He went up to get checked. He got hit pretty good in the back of the head," manager Arnie Beyeler told reporters about Iglesias, who was 1-for-3 in the game with a single. "At least he was OK walking out of here. The back of his head's a little sore. Hopefully he'll be OK."

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07/03/2011 - 5:11pm
Youkilis walk, Beckett lead Sox to sweep

Kevin Youkilis' bases-loaded walk with two outs in the ninth inning proved to be the difference for the Red Sox, who claimed a 2-1 win over the Astros in the teams' series finale in Houston. The victory handed the Sox a sweep of the Astros, while allowing Terry Francona's team to come away from its nine-game road trip with a winning record (5-4).

Earning the win was Josh Beckett, who turned in a dominant eight-inning performance. The starter allowed one run on five hits, striking out 11 and not walking a batter while lowering his ERA 2.12. 

The game-winning run for the Sox came against Astros closer Mark Melancon, who issued a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Drew Sutton before giving up Jacoby Ellsbury's second hit of the day. After a fielder's choice by Dustin Pedroia and intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez, Melancon walked Youkilis after going to a 3-1 count.

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07/03/2011 - 1:09pm
Ortiz picks Gonzalez, Bautista for HR Derby

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz told reporters in Houston that he would pick teammate Adrian Gonzalez as well as Toronto's Jose Bautista to be on his team for the annual Home Run Derby conducted the day before the All-Star Game. Ortiz is serving as the captain for the American League side and will participate as well. Prince Fielder is the National League captain.

Ortiz also wanted to take Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira, but Teixeira was left off the All-Star team. Ortiz said his short list included Robinson Cano and Josh Hamilton.

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07/03/2011 - 12:17pm
Gonzalez, Ortiz lead four Sox All-Stars

Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz lead a contingent of four Red Sox players who have been named to the 2011 American League All-Star team. Gonzalez and Ortiz were voted in as starters in fan balloting, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett were selected as reserves. The reserves were voted in by players or selected by managers Ron Washington and Bruce Bochy.

In his first season with the Sox, Gonzalez (.353/.407/.593) entered play Sunday with 16 home runs and 74 RBIs. It's the fourth straight All-Star selection for the first baseman. Ortiz, who was voted in as a designated hitter, has had a strong comeback season for the Sox, posting lines of .302/.383/.565 to go with a team-high 17 home runs and 49 RBIs. This is his seventh All-Star appearance.

Ellsbury, who will be making his first All-Star Game appearance, has also had a bounceback year after missing most of last season with injuries. He's hitting .300 with a .361 on-base percentage...

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