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09/22/2010 - 11:15pm
Papi hopes Sox do their part on contract

David Ortiz wants to retire with the Red Sox but said after Wednesday's win over the Orioles that he hasn't begun to give much thought to whether he will return in 2011.

 

"It's only the end of the season and things are going to start at one point," Ortiz said. "Even myself, I haven't been thinking about that. Sometimes, I feel like I'm part of the family and I'm going to stick around longer but I'm not the one who takes that decision and I'm not the one that makes that move. I'm trying to do my job and hopefully they do theirs after the season.

 

"I don't feel like going anywhere else but if I have to, I have no choice," Ortiz said. "We'll see, we'll see how things go. We'll see. I took a pay cut already, five years ago. That's some homework for you."

 

Ortiz signed a four-year, $52 million extension at the start of the 2006 season. The Red Sox have a club option for...

09/22/2010 - 10:13pm
Bergeron, Bruins beat up on Price, Habs
By: DJ Bean

Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and the Bruins chased Montreal goalie Carey Price to win their preseason opener, 4-2 at the Bell Centre. The game featured a short-handed tally from each team, with Tuukka Rask making 36 saves in the victory. Price was replaced by Curtis Sanford, midway through the second period, but that may have been too late for the Habs.

 

The first period featured the bulk of the Bruins scoring, as they went to the first intermission with a 3-0 lead. Nathan Horton, acquired in June in a trade with the Panthers, scored the Bruins' first goal of the game, beating Price gloveside. The assists went to Matt Bartkowski and Ryan Spooner. Second overall pick Tyler Seguin orchestrated a Johnny Boychuk power play goal that also featured Bartkowski's second assist, while Patrice Bergeron scored one of his two goals at 15:20 of the period. 

 

The Seguin-Bergeron-Mark Recchi line that impressed during Monday's...

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.”

 

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