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08/05/2012 - 1:12pm
Belichick: Andy Reid son's death 'very sad'

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick sent his condolences to Eagles coach Andy Reid, whose 29-year-old son Garrett was found dead this morning by an Eagles team official at their camp at Lehigh University.

"Very sad," Belichick said at his Sunday news conference. "Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."

Belichick and Andy Reid are very close friends and the two longest tenured head coaches in the NFL. Authorities investigating the death have ruled out foul play and suicide.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.


08/05/2012 - 9:33am
Lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury back at leadoff spot

After not starting Saturday due to a minor groin injury, Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup as the Red Sox finish off their four-game series with the Twins. Ellsbury will hit leadoff, with Ryan Kalish playing right field and hitting eighth.

The following is the Red Sox lineup against Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Carl Crawford LF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Cody Ross DH

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Ryan Kalish RF

Mike Aviles SS

Franklin Morales will get the start for the Red Sox. To look at all the matchups, click here.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.com.


08/05/2012 - 12:22am
Punto: 'We're very mediocre'

Red Sox infielder Nick Punto minced no words to describe his team's 6-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday, a contest in which the Sox held a 2-1 lead after seven innings and a 4-2 advantage after eight.

"They're all devastating now. You get this late in the season and you look in the standings and we're not really sitting in a great position in the wild card. There are a lot of teams. We really can't afford to lose games like that," said Punto. "There's too much talent in this room for us not to be playing a little better."

Punto was a member of a 2011 Cardinals team that went on a huge season-ending surge to not only reach the playoffs but to role through them en route to a World Series title. After 108 games, St. Louis was 5 1/2 games out of a playoff spot -- a very similar position to the one in which the Red Sox (5 games out of the second wild card spot, and 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for the top spot) currently find...

08/04/2012 - 11:32pm
Ortiz won't 'put my career in jeopardy'

David Ortiz continues to work his way back from a right Achilles injury that has forced him to miss the last two weeks. On Saturday night, he said he's making progress but won't rush back and risk a serious injury that could end his career. 

"I'm planning to keep on playing baseball and I don't want to do anything stupid and put my career in jeopardy," said Ortiz, who was eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. "I have to do what they tell me to do. It's hard. It's real hard but it's better to be smart than being stupid. I want to be out there, regardless, but it doesn't depend on me. It depends on how fast my injury heals up and I can go back on the field without running any risk. It's a serious injury and you have to go day-by-day with it."

Ortiz would not commit to returning before the 10-game homestand ends on Wednesday against the Rangers. 

"Everything is going pretty much the way they...

08/04/2012 - 11:10pm
Aceves: 'Ask the umpire' about missed strike

After giving up the go-ahead three-run homer to Joe Mauer in top of the ninth in a gut-wrenching 6-4 loss to the Twins at Fenway, Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves unleashed some frustration toward home plate umpire David Rackley for not calling a third strike that would've ended the game. Instead, after the 2-2 pitch at the knees was called just outside, setting up a 3-2 fastball down the middle that Mauer didn't miss, driving it over the Monster in left. 

"I have nothing to say to that," Aceves said when asked how tough a loss the 6-4 setback was. "I felt good. I felt good. Why don't you ask the umpire how much he missed the pitch before, ask him.

"It's part of the game, mistakes. I think [missed strike call] was a mistake. I made a mistake on the next pitch and it cost us the game."

Aceves said afterward that teammates Cody Ross and Carl Crawford came up to him in the dugout after the home run after gave him...

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