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09/15/2011 - 7:43am
Lowrie receives cortisone shot in shoulder

According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder Tuesday night to help deal with a recurrence of a weakened nerve in the area.

"It got to the point where I wasn’t being helpful, productive, for the team, so I needed to do something about it,” Lowrie told the Herald. "I didn’t have any other choice. It was either shut it down for the year or get this cortisone shot and hope to play and do what I can to help the team win this year."

Lowrie originally experienced the injury after colliding with left fielder Carl Crawford on May 29, forcing him to miss 45 games. Since returning on Aug. 8, Lowrie is hitting .213 with an OPS of .528. He is 1-for-24 this month, having struck out six times. According to the report, the infielder is hopeful to resume swinging a bat in the coming days.

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09/15/2011 - 6:34am
Mashup: Ines Sainz back at Jets practice

Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz, who was the target of catcalls from Jets players at a practice last season, stopped by New York's practice Wednesday, accompanied by the team's public relations director as she stood along the sideline for the 30-minute portion of the workout out to the media. "Today's visit was business as usual," PR man Bruce Speight said. "She is welcome anytime." Sainz previously had downplayed the 2010 incident after the firestorm it created, insisting, "For me, nothing happened. … I never wanted to cause any problems."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


09/14/2011 - 9:03pm
Brady: Pats fans need to be loud Sunday

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady wants to hear some noise on Sunday, Patriots fans.

“Yeah, start drinking early,” Brady said with a smile on Wednesday morning. “It’s a 4:15 (p.m.) game. They have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for the home team.”

Shortly after Brady’s Q&A with the media ended, Patriots spokesman Stacey James told reporters the quarterback -- who has endorsed Smartwater -- that he wanted to clarify that statement. The quarterback, James said, “wants everyone to drink a lot of water, stay hydrated. Drink responsibly.”

Brady has asked for more noise in the past, and has chided fans for leaving early. He was asked about the possibility that crowds at Gillette Stadium have become “expectant.”

“We’ve spoiled our fans, is that what you’re saying?” he said. “If we make good plays, they’re...

09/14/2011 - 6:17pm
Wright misses Pats practice with concussion

FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Mike Wright, who missed seven games last season with a concussion, was listed on the Patriots Wednesday injury report with an apparent recurrence of the injury, presumably suffered in the regular season opener against the Dolphins. Leigh Bodden and Dan Koppen joined Wright on the sidelines for Wednesday's report. Here's the rest of the information:

OUT
CB Leigh Bodden (back)
C Dan Koppen (fibula)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DL Myron Pryor (groin)

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09/14/2011 - 4:50pm
Bard: Timing of delivery 'is just not there'

Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, who allowed three runs (two earned) in an inning of work to suffer the defeat in his team's 5-4 loss, said that he has identified a mechanical glitch that has led to his recent struggles.

Bard has given up runs in three straight outings -- the second longest streak of his career -- and in four of his last five contests while getting hit to the tune of a 17.36 ERA during the month of September. He has suffered three losses this month, giving him eight for the year, the most by a Sox reliever since Derek Lowe endured 10 relief losses in 2001.

But Bard suggested that the issue is correctable, and represents a mechanical issue rather than a health problem.

"I'm struggling just, the timing with my delivery is just not there. I can feel it on every pitch. Something feels a little bit different," said Bard. "I've been through it before. I think the effects of it are kind of magnified by how big...

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