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09/16/2011 - 11:12pm
Maddon: Rays were at 'great disadvantage'

Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't hold back his criticism of home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt and his strike zone on Friday that led to his ejection prior to the bottom of the sixth inning of Boston's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay Friday at Fenway Park. Several Rays were called out on strikes, including John Jaso to end the top of the sixth and B.J. Upton an inning earlier. Both strikeouts came on pitches that appeared well outside. 

"Obviously, I went out there to discuss the width of the strike zone, and I never mentioned anything about balls and strikes," Maddon said after Friday's game. "I was trying to have a conversation. He immediately threw me out. I said, 'Listen, I'm not coming out here to argue. I just want to know what's going on because my guys are talking about how wide it is.' He didn't like me asking that question. I wanted to be respectful. I didn't yell. I walked out there and I thought I did it in a fashion where nobody...

09/16/2011 - 8:59pm
Nip and tuck: Sox hold on for huge win

Mike Aviles crushed a pitch from James Shields over the Green Monster for the go-ahead homer while Josh Beckett worked his way through six innings in his first start back from a sprained right ankle as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 4-3, Friday night at Fenway. The win was critical for the Red Sox, who pushed their wild-card lead back up to four games over the Rays, with two games remaining in the four-game series. 

Evan Longoria drilled a two-run homer off Beckett in the first inning to stake the Rays to a quick 2-0 lead. The Red Sox immediately responded with a double from Jacoby Ellsbury, an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia and the first of two clutch hits from David Ortiz, an RBI single to left to score Pedroia and tie the game, 2-2.

After the Rays took the lead in the third, the Red Sox again responded with Ortiz driving home Pedroia with a double to the right-center, tying the game, 3-3. Aviles, filling in for the injured Kevin Youkilis at third...

09/16/2011 - 4:28pm
Chung fined $7,500 for Bush tackle

Patrick Chung is the first Patriots player to be fined by the NFL during the regular season for an illegal play on the field.

Chung was informed this week by the league that he was docked $7,500 for hauling down Miami's Reggie Bush Monday night, in a move the league deemed he "unnecessarily grabbed the opponent by the helmet in an attempt to make a tackle."

Chung was also penalized 15 yards on the play for unnecessary roughness.

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


09/16/2011 - 4:16pm
Pats list Koppen, Wright as out for Sunday

The Patriots released their Friday injury report, and center Dan Koppen and defensive lineman Mike Wright are officially listed as out for Sunday's game against San Diego. Here's the complete list:

OUT
C Dan Koppen (did not practice -- fibula)
DL Mike Wright (did not practice -- concussion)

QUESTIONABLE
LB Gary Guyton (limited participation -- hamstring)
WR Taylor Price (limited participation -- hamstring)
OL Sebastian Vollmer (limited participation -- back)
OL Ryan Wendell (limited participation -- calf)

PROBABLE
S Josh Barrett (limited participation -- thumb)
CB Leigh Bodden (limited participation -- back)
LB Dane Fletcher (limited participation -- thumb)
TE Dan Gronkowski (limited participation -- hamstring)
LB Jerod Mayo (limited participation -- thigh)

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09/16/2011 - 4:10pm
Mason to Belichick: 'See u soon coach b'

Fomer Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason, who is now with the Jets, was featured in a segment on Thursday night's installment of the NFL Network's "A Football Life," which caught an exchange between him and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

In the segment, Belichick said to Mason: "Oh, [bleep] you Mason, just [bleep] you. Why don't we talk after the game, just shut the [bleep] up." The coach's parting shot, "Can you look at the scoreboard?"

Mason responded first with the media and then on Twitter: Just saw that belichick video thing all u ppl are commenting about. He might As well called me boy! Lol total Disrespect.

Had I said that to him, everyone would have been in a uproar! I have to much respect for the game to speck to a coach in that manner!
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