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09/22/2010 - 9:56pm
Salvage operation: Sox beat Orioles

David Ortiz belted a go-ahead three-run homer and drove in four and John Lackey allowed just one run in seven innings as the Red Sox salvaged the finale of their three-game series against the Orioles, 6-1, Wednesday night at Fenway Park. 

 

Daniel Bard threw a perfect eighth and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out the side to help redeem himself after allowing four runs and five hits on Tuesday. 

 

The Red Sox finish their six-game homestand with a 2-4 record. They now head out on a seven-game road trip, their final of the season, with three at Yankee Stadium beginning Friday and four in Chicago against the White Sox before finishing the season back home with three against the Yankees. 

 

For more, visit Closing Time at the Full Count blog...

09/22/2010 - 6:27pm
Report: Pats work out four players

According to a report in profootballtalk.com, the Patriots brought in four players for workouts this week.

 

A league source told profootballtalk.com that defensive back Gerald Alexander, defensive tackle Ra'Shon Harris, punter Jeremy Kapinos and long snapper Mike Windt were in Foxboro for workouts. 

 

Despite the season-ending injury to Kevin Faulk, no running backs were worked out this week.

 

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

 


09/22/2010 - 5:36pm
Tito on Pap: He's our closer

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Jonathan Papelbon will remain the team's closer - at least for now. Francona was asked about Papelbon's struggles a day after he gave up five hits and four runs and had his ERA rocket up to a season-high 3.92. 

 

“I don’t think that you immediately take that guy out of that role for a couple of reasons," Francona said. "One is it upsets what you’ve got and the other one is the guy everyone is complaining about, where do you think he’s going to pitch? If you take your closer and make him your set-up guy, all the people you don’t want him to face, he’s coming in with men on [base]. It sort of a backwards [theory]. You better have a good closer and good rest of your bullpen. If you’re short, you get exposed.”

 

Papelbon's struggles in a 9-1 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park came on the same day that Daniel Bard was...

09/22/2010 - 5:18pm
Patriots officially place Faulk on IR

The Patriots officially placed Kevin Faulk on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his 2010 season. 

 

Faulk tore an ACL in his right knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Jets. Both he and Bill Belichick confirmed Wednesday that the injury would mean the end of Faulk's season.

 

Here is the press release from the Patriots:

 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that RB Kevin Faulk has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.


Faulk has filled various roles since joining the team in 1999 as a second-round pick (46th overall) out of LSU. He is the Patriots' all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,247) and kickoff return yards (4,098) as well as the franchise's all-time leading return specialist, totaling 5,030 combined return yards (4,098 kick return yards and 932 punt return yards).

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09/22/2010 - 4:02pm
Patriots injury report: Edelman limited

Patriots Injury Report
Out
Running back Kevin Faulk (knee--will be placed on IR)

Did Not Practice
Cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot)
Offensive lineman Nick Kaczur (back)

Limited Participation
WR Julian Edelman (foot)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)


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