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09/29/2010 - 8:11pm
Tampa native Cash: Trop attendance 'a joke'

CHICAGO — Kevin Cash – a native of North Tampa — not only agreed with the frustrations recently relayed by Rays’ players Evan Longoria and David Price over the lack of fans in the stands at Tropicana Field, but took his criticism to another level.

 

“I agree with them 100 percent,” said Cash, referring to comments made by Longoria and Price in regard to the attendance (or lack thereof) at the Rays’ home ballpark despite the team making the postseason for the second time in three years. “It’s a joke. I’m not going to sit here and call out fans. I respect everything about the economy and everything. But at the same time, the Yankees and Red Sox, they’re not complaining.

 

When asked if the trend in attendance at The Trop could ever be...

09/29/2010 - 3:08pm
Sox lineup: Last start of season for Beckett

With any hope of a miracle run to the postseason dashed on Tuesday, the Red Sox return to U.S. Cellular Field to play the third game of a four-game set with the White Sox.

 

The Red Sox (87-70) were officially eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday with wins by the Yankees and Rays. This marks the first time since 2006 that the Sox will not be a participant in the postseason.

 

Josh Beckett (6-5, 5.77 ERA) takes the mound for the Red Sox Wednesday, looking to end what has been a disappointing season on a high note. He will be opposed by Freddy Garcia (11-6, 4.74).

 

Sox lineup:

 

Scutaro, 4

Drew, 9

Martinez, 2

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Lowell, 3

Lowrie, 6

Kalish, 8

Nava, 7

Beckett -- SP


09/29/2010 - 2:50pm
West: 'I'll go to war and die for this team'

NEWPORT, R.I. -- It was an hour and a half after practice when Delonte West finally concluded his individual workout. West knows that he is under scrutiny this season and he's not taking any chances. "I’m just happy to be given this opportunity to do what I love," he said. "I’m lucky to be here. I’m happy to be here. I’m a soldier in Doc’s army. Whatever he needs me to do. I’ll go to war and die for this team. Playing every game, every minute this year like my life depended on it, cause it [does.] Nothing’s promised." 

 

The Celtics offer a familiar environment for West, who is facing a 10-game suspension to start the season from the NBA following his arrest on weapons charges and he is grateful for the chance. "I’ve been given this opportunity to prove to the NBA and the world that I’m a good person," West said. "I have a lot to prove and I don...

09/29/2010 - 12:32pm
Pats practice report: Taylor out

FOXBORO -- Fred Taylor, who was limited in Sunday's win because of a toe injury, was among three players missing for the start of Patriots practice on the upper fields outside Gillette Stadium.

 

Also out were cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot) and OL Nick Kaczur (back). Wideout Taylor Price, who missed last week with an ankle injury, was back in action.

 

Quarterback Brian Hoyer, TE Aaron Hernandez, safety Jarrad Page, LB Dane Fletcher and safety Sergio Brown were in black jerseys, honored as practice players of the week.

 

For more, including video from Gillette Stadium, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


09/29/2010 - 12:03pm
Spaziani: 'We don't know' QB yet

Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani refuted a report that the Eagles already selected freshman Chase Rettig to start Saturday night's game at home vs. Notre Dame. Speaking on the ACC Football Coaches Media Teleconference on Wednesday afternoon, Spaziani said: "That hasn't been announced yet. We don't know who we're going with yet."

 

Rettig and Mike Marscovetra have been battling in practice this week for the right to replace Dave Shinskie, who has struggled in the early going for the 2-1 Eagles. On Saturday, BC lost to Virginia Tech 19-0, the Eagles' first shutout in 12 years.

 

"We've made the change because we weren't satisfied with the production we were getting at that position," Spaziani said. "So, we decided to go in a little different direction here. What we're expecting [from the new QB] is a winning performance."

 

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