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08/25/2010 - 9:51pm
Splitsville: M's win nightcap behind Felix

 Felix Hernandez allowed just four hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings, and Jose Lopez had two hits and drove in a pair as the Mariners salvaged a split of the day-night doubleheader with a 4-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

 

Highlighting Boston's night of frustration were the ejections of third baseman Adrian Beltre and manager Terry Francona prior to the top of the third inning by home plate umpire Dan Bellino, a vacation replacement umpire on call-up from the Triple-A International League. Beltre apparently continued his argument of a called third strike in the bottom of the second as he took warm-up grounders at third. He raced in and had to be restrained by coaches and teammates. 

 

J.D. Drew belted a long solo homer to center field in the sixth as the Red Sox drew to within two. The Red Sox had runners on first and second with one out in the eighth, but Victor Martinez grounded out and...

08/25/2010 - 7:54pm
Beltre, Francona ejected in third inning

Both Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre and manager Terry Francona were ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino in the third inning of the team's game against the Mariners Wednesday night at Fenway Park. For Beltre it was his second career ejection, with the only other one coming Aug. 24, 2002. It was Francona's third ejection of the season, and 29th for his career.

 

Beltre was first to be ejected by Bellino, rushing in from his position at third base during warm-ups prior to the top of the third to continue an argument that started after the third baseman was called out on strikes in the second inning. While Beltre was sprinting in to engage Bellino in the argument, second base umpire Angel Hernandez sprinted from his position to get between the player and the umpire.

 

Francona's ejection came after he continued the argument with Bellino, with the disagreement getting more heated after Beltre had already adjourned to...

08/25/2010 - 6:44pm
Report: Gostkowski gets extension
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have reached a contract extension with kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Boston Herald is reporting it's a four-year deal worth nearly $14 million that will begin in the 2011 season.

 

Gostkowski was drafted by the Patriots out of Memphis in the fourth round of the 2006 draft after Adam Vinatieri departed via free agency. He has been the starter ever since, as a competition at the kicker spot with Martin Gramatica was short-lived in the Gostkowski's first preseason. 

 

Gostkowski was an All-Pro an Pro Bowler in 2008. Last season, he made 26 field goals, including two of three from 50 yards or more. 


08/25/2010 - 6:34pm
Papelbon, West have disagreement

Umpiring crew chief Joe West approached Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of the ninth inning to tell the Red Sox closer to speed up his work on the mound. Papelbon was amidst a scoreless ninth inning that secured a 5-3 victory for the Sox, earning his 32nd save of the year.

 

West pointed to his left wrist, indicating a desire for Papelbon to work faster, as he approached the pitcher. Papelbon somewhat defiantly cleaned his spikes on the mound after hearing from the umpire. The pitching mound at Fenway was damp for much of the game as a result of the steady drizzle during the game, and several pitchers had to clean their spikes, though only Papelbon was warned by West.

 

After the game, Papelbon suggested that West's instructions were misdirected.

 

"For me and my safety, staying healthy is priority over anything," Papelbon said. "The mound got beat up for nine innings with rain, so I’...

08/25/2010 - 6:21pm
Goodell: We'll propose 18-game season

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league is going to propose an 18-game regular season schedule to the players’ union as part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Speaking at a press conference at an owner’s meeting in Atlanta, Goodell said the support for what backers are calling an enhanced season was “overwhelming.”

“We think we’ve moved this concept along,” Goodell told reporters at a news conference following the one-day owners’ meeting, who said the league is hoping to introduce the 18-game season in 2012. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum for it. We think it’s the right step to take. But we want to do that with our partners, including the players.”

Goodell said owners see two more regular-season games — and two fewer preseason games — as a way to enhance revenues. But while owners appear solidly behind the plan,...

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