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10/07/2010 - 8:14pm
Twin killing in Minny: Yanks take 2-0 lead

For the second time in as many nights, the Yankees plated a pair of seventh-inning runs en route to a victory over the Twins. After claiming a 6-4 victory on Wednesday on the strength of Mark Teixeira's homer, New York broke a 2-2 tie when Lance Berkman cracked a two-run double to center field that scored Jorge Posada. The Yankees tacked on with a Derek Jeter single in the seventh and Curtis Granderson's RBI single in the ninth to claim a 5-2 win.

 

The late offense made a winner of Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who was masterful while allowing five hits and one walk in seven innings. The left-hander needed just 88 pitches, walking one and striking out four, to improve to 19-9 in his playoff career. The Yankees bullpen followed with scoreless innings by Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera, the latter of whom recorded the 41st save of his playoff career.

 

The New York offense against Minnesota starter Carl Pavano was spearheaded...

10/07/2010 - 5:20pm
Dave Roberts healthy, will coach for Padres

Dave Roberts, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in April, is now healthy and returning to the field as the first base coach of the San Diego Padres. The 38-year-old said that radiation and chemotherapy have left him healthy and ready to return to the field.

 

"All my scans are clear," he told the Associated Press.

 

Roberts is the author of the most memorable stolen base in Red Sox history, having swiped second against Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. That stolen base positioned Roberts to score a game-tying run against the Yankees' dominant closer, sending the game into extra innings, with the Red Sox winning, 6-4, on David Ortiz' walkoff home run. Roberts' stolen base is viewed by many as the beginning of the Sox' comeback from their 3-0 ALCS deficit to win the World Series.

 

Roberts was a special assistant in the Padres'...

10/07/2010 - 5:18pm
Brady on trade: 'Nothing really surprises me'

FOXBORO — In his first public comments since wide receiver Randy Moss was traded, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told “Patriots All-Access” (click here for the clip of the interview that will air Friday at 7 p.m.) that while he loves Moss “as a guy, as a person, as a player,” he understands the decision to trade him to the Vikings.

“Randy really knows how I feel about him,” Brady said. “I love him as a guy, as a person, as a player. He did a lot of great things for this team. At the same time, I think coach (Bill) Belichick feels that’s what he thinks he needs to do for the team. So we as players, we deal with it and we move on. I think I’ve been around long enough to realize that nothing really surprises me. The best thing for me to do is to be the best quarterback that...

10/07/2010 - 5:13pm
Rangers take 2-0 ALDS lead over Rays

The Texas Rangers are just one win away from a trip to the American League Championship Series following a 6-0 Game 2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday at Tropicana Field. The Rangers now hold a commanding two games to none lead in the best-of-five ALDS.

 

C.J. Wilson allowed just two hits in his 6.1 innings of work, striking out seven against two walks to earn the victory. Michael Young and Ian Kinsler homered for the Rangers, a franchise that has never won a playoff series.

 

Young's three-run HR in the fifth inning came just one pitch after first base umpire Jerry Meals ruled that Young held up his swing on a 2-2 pitch. Replays showed that Young in fact probably did not hold up and should have been called out on strikes. Tampa manager Joe Maddon was ejected following the home run for arguing with home plate umpire Jim Wolf.

 

Tampa starter James Shields, who finished the regular season with...

10/07/2010 - 4:31pm
Wilfork: 'We never had problems with Randy'

FOXBORO — In a lengthy question-and-answer session at his locker this afternoon, Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork talked about how close he had grown to Randy Moss in the three-plus seasons the two played together, and that he never saw Moss as a distraction — contrary to statements made by former Patriot Tedy Bruschi.

Bruschi, currently an analyst for ESPN, said on Wednesday “there [were] some players frustrated with Randy. … He’s saying the right things, doing the right things in front of the media. But inside that locker room he’s turning into the same player he was toward the end of his time in Oakland.”

“We’ve never had problems with Randy. Our locker room is our locker room. We’ve never had an issue. I can’t remember an issue that we had. I don’t know what Tedy’s bringing up,” Wilfork said of Bruschi. “That’s not an issue in this...

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