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10/04/2011 - 4:51pm
Beltre's three homers lead Texas past Rays

Former Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre crushed three solo homers on Tuesday to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Rays that propelled Texas past Tampa Bay in the Division Series. Beltre produced the seventh three-homer game in postseason history, and the first since Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy became the unlikeliest member of the club with his three homers against the Twins in Game 5 of the 2002 ALCS.

Beltre's huge offensive day allowed the Rangers to win the best-of-five ALDS against the Rays, three games to one. Texas, the reigning AL champion, will now advance to play either the Yankees or the Tigers in the ALCS in hopes of advancing to the World Series for the second straight year. Meanwhile, a Rays team that overcame a nine-game deficit to the Red Sox to zoom past Boston for the wild card on the final day of the regular season saw its season come to a halt. 

Beltre spent the 2010 season with the Sox, enjoying one of...

10/04/2011 - 4:43pm
Mackanin has interest in Sox job

Rumored Red Sox managerial candidate Pete Mackanin would be interested in the position, according to an ESPN report

"It's nice to see my name come up,'' Mackanin told Jayson Stark. "At the same time, right now all my thoughts are on [the Phillies] and what we have to do, and we don't need any distractions. We need all the focus we can get these next couple of days. I'll worry about the rest of it afterward. Hopefully, we'll win the World Series, and we won't be done till November, and by then maybe they'll already have hired somebody. If that's how this turns out, that's fine with me."

The 60-year-old Mackanin has been the bench coach with the Phillies since the 2009 season. He has twice served as an interim manager -- with the 2005 Pirates and 2007 Reds -- and posted a 53-53 record. 

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10/04/2011 - 3:02pm
Belichick: We looked into signing Plax

Bill Belichick said Tuesday the Patriots looked at wide receiver Plaxico Burress in the offseason, but said "some things come together, some don’t" when pressed about the possibility of New England landing the controversial pass catcher.

The Patriots did end up making a deal for a veteran wide receiver in Chad Ochocinco, but apparently did their due diligence when it came to checking into Burress.

"We did look at him in the offseason, just because of his general availability as we normally do – look at all the players that are not connected with a team," Belichick said on a conference call with reporters. "We look at everybody. Obviously, you don’t get everybody. Some things come together, some don’t. We’ll work with what we’ve got. They’ll work with what they’ve got, see how it goes."

Burress, who eventually signed a one-year, $3.017 million with...

10/04/2011 - 1:39pm
Report: Tito plans to manage next season

According to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, Terry Francona would manage next season if offered an opportunity.

Other than the Red Sox, the White Sox are currently the only club with a managerial opening. Francona -- who managed in the White Sox minor-league system from 1991-95 -- has been rumored to be a serious candidate for the White Sox job.

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10/04/2011 - 9:51am
Brady on D&C: Pats 'excited' to play Jets

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning to discuss New England's win over the Raiders on Sunday and the team's much-anticipated matchup with the Jets this Sunday. 

Brady talked about the Jets defense and how New York will prepare for a Patriots offense that is averaging 507 yards of total offense per game. 

"It will be interesting to see how they play us," Brady said. "I'm glad we have a week to prepare for them. We're going to need it. We're going to be excited to play when we see them on Sunday. It's been a long time since we played them." 

Brady said that New York's defense keys in on what the opposing offense likes to do and tries to take that away. But the Patriots have shown that they now run the ball in addition to their passing attack, as the Patriots racked up 183 yards on the ground against Oakland. 

"We'll try to figure...

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