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10/02/2012 - 11:31pm
Lester on his season: 'I'm glad it's over'

NEW YORK -- Speaking after the Red Sox' 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, Jon Lester admitted that he was happy his season has come to a conclusion.

"We finished fifth. That’s not good enough," the lefty said after his 33rd start of the season. "It’s been a long year for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. Like I just said, I’m glad it’s over, move on -- over for me. I’ll go into a much-needed offseason, regroup, and come back to spring training next year and kick some people’s asses and go from there."

Lester finished his last outing of the season by going five innings and giving up one unearned run before having to leave due to back spasms. The lefty completes his 2012 campaign having totaled 205 1/3 innings, compiling a 9-14 mark with a 4.82 ERA. The Red Sox were 13-20 in games he pitched.

"I did what I could. I took the ball...

10/02/2012 - 10:21pm
Yanks walk off, Sox clinch last place

NEW YORK -- Raul Ibanez placed a 12th-inning single into left field against Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller, scoring Francisco Cervelli and handing the Yankees a 4-3 win over the Sox Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The victory allowed New York to clinch at least a tie for the American League East crown.

The Sox, meanwhile, dropped to 69-92, ensuring that, with one game remaining and the fourth-place Blue Jays now 72-89, the Sox will end the year with the worst record in the five-team American League East. It is the first time that they've had a last-place season since 1992, when the 73-89 Sox finished seventh out of seven teams in the pre-realignment AL East. 

"We didn’t start the season to finish fifth or sixth, fourth or third," manager Bobby Valentine said.

Ibanez tied the game in the ninth inning with a two-run, pinch-hit home run against Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey. The homer, which cleared the right-field fence,...

10/02/2012 - 6:35pm
Bergeron to play in Switzerland
By: DJ Bean

According to multiple reports, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will play for HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A during the NHL lockout. Bergeron is the second Bruins player to choose Switzerland, as Tyler Seguin plays for EHC Biel. 

Other Bruins playing overseas due to the lockout include Tuukka Rask and Andrew Ference (Czech Extraliga), Rich Peverley (SM-liiga), Dennis Seidenberg (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) and Zdeno Chara and Anton Khudobin (KHL). 

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10/02/2012 - 3:46pm
Patricia: Arm strength no issue for Peyton

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said that through the first four games of the 2012 season, he hasn’t seen any issues with Peyton Manning’s arm strength. Patricia, speaking on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, indicated that Manning, in his first season with the Broncos, is “throwing the ball extremely well” after spending a year on the shelf because of neck problems.

“I just see a guy who is making extremely good decisions and is doing a great job of getting the ball to the receivers that are open,” Patricia said of Manning, who will lead the Broncos into Gillette for a game against the Patriots on Sunday afternoon. “I haven’t seen any issues with that whatsoever. He looks like he’s throwing the ball extremely well, extremely confident and getting it into some really tight locations and I just think it’s building every week. I think he’s just doing...

10/02/2012 - 3:23pm
Pedroia playing with broken finger

NEW YORK -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is in the lineup Tuesday night despite having a broken left ring finger. Pedroia missed Monday's 10-2 loss to the Yankees but said Tuesday that he wants to finish the season. 

"I like to compete," Pedroia said. "I get to play in two more games and then I have to sit around for four months."

Pedroia broke the finger on a slide while attempting to steal second base in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Orioles. He was thrown out on the play by Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters. 

In 139 games this season, Pedroia is hitting .288/.344/.446 with 15 homers and 64 runs batted in. 

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