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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)


09/22/2010 - 3:45pm
Sox lineup: Lackey looks to avoid sweep

The Red Sox will try and avoid a sweep at the hands of the last-place Orioles on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Baltimore thumped the Sox by a 9-1 final on Tuesday to take a 9-8 lead in the season series.

 

John Lackey (12-11, 4.63 ERA) gets the start for the Sox. He has lost each of his last four decisions. He will be opposed by Kevin Millwood (3-15, 5.14).

 

Sox lineup:

 

Kalish, 8

Drew, 9

Martinez, 2

Oritz, DH

Beltre, 5

Lowell, 3

Hall, 4

Reddick, 7

Navarro, 6

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

 


09/22/2010 - 2:56pm
Belichick on Faulk: 'What's there not to like?'

Bill Belichick met with the media Wednesday and was asked about the loss of running back Kevin Faulk, who tore an ACL in his right knee during Sunday's defeat to the Jets and will miss the rest of the 2010 season.

 

"I think I’m pretty lucky that he was here when I got here, so I’ll take that one," said Belichick of Faulk, the Patriots' longest-tenured player. "Kevin is a good football player. He’s smart. He’s tough. He’s got good skills, good running skills, good catching skills. He’s a good decision maker. Most of all, I think he’s very coachable and really cares about the game, his teammates and his team. What’s there not to like about Kevin Faulk?"

 

For more on Faulk and the Patriots, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


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