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08/26/2010 - 10:47pm
Fast start, wild finish: Rams edge Pats

FOXBORO -- Brandon Tate returned the game's opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and Tom Brady recorded a near-perfect quarterback rating but the Patriots suffered their first preseason loss, 36-35, to St. Louis as Josh Brown hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Brady played one series into the fourth quarter and looked in midseason form on a long, perfectly-thrown 65-yard TD strike to Randy Moss in the third quarter. Brady also found rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski twice for TD connections as the first-year player from Arizona became the first Patriots rookie since Patrick Cobbs in 2006 to score two TDs in a preseason game. As for Tate, he followed up his 97-yard return with a 43-yard return on his next kickoff chance. Tate finished with three kickoff returns and one punt return and a total of 162 return yards. 

 

On the negative side, the Patriots defensive backs...

08/26/2010 - 5:37pm
Pedroia: 'I will be good as new'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be put in a boot for his left foot over the next seven days, upon which the two sides will deem whether or not surgery will be the next step. 

 

Pedroia broke a bone in his left foot in San Francisco on June 25, after which he was placed on the DL before returning for two games last week. Pedroia experienced continued discomfort in the foot, prompting him to go on the DL again after last Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Angels. Should Pedroia get the surgery, which would not include a bone graft (the process by which part of the bone is replaced), the second baseman hopes to be healed within three months.

 

"I will be good as new," Pedroia said in a text message to WEEI.com.

 

Pedroia is hitting .288/.367/.493 with 12 homers and 41 runs batted in over 75 games this season. He has stolen nine bases. 


08/26/2010 - 4:21pm
Report: Beckett, Lackey, MDC on waivers
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from Boston-based sportswriter Maureen Mullen, the Red Sox have placed pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Manny Delcarmen on the waiver wire. Should a team claim any of the players, which they can do until 1 p.m. on Friday, the Red Sox could either work out a trade with the team or simply release the player to that club.

 

Players often are placed on waivers as part of the post-July 31 process, and the chances likely are slim that the Red Sox would be willing to move either Beckett or Lackey. Beckett is in the midst of his worst professional season, going 4-3 with a 6.50 earned run average in a year in which he has struggled with back problems. He was signed at the start of the season to a four-year, $68 million contract extension.

 

Lackey is in the first season of a five-year, $82.5 million contract inked in the offseason. He has...

08/26/2010 - 4:06pm
Collinsworth: 18-game season 'stupid'
By: DJ Bean

Former Bengals receiver and NBC football analyst Cris Collinsworth joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss the proposed 18-game season while also admitting that he "loves" HBO's "Hard Knocks."

 

On the subject of the 18-game season, in which two preseason games would be cut out in favor of two additional regular-season games and a second bye week, Collinsworth didn't hold back in voicing his displeasure.

 

"It's stupid," Collinsworth said of the idea. "There's no way that for anybody that has never played a 16-game schedule to say that we ought to move to 18 games."

 

Collinsworth said that while adding two games to the schedule wouldn't hurt the Patriots with ticket sales, in many teams' cases it is currently already "hard to give away tickets in December." He also pointed out that players would increase their risk of injury in a longer season.

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08/26/2010 - 12:27pm
Reynolds on D&H: Rays better than Yanks

 MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday to talk about baseball news. Reynolds said he backs the Red Sox' decision to insert Tim Wakefield into Wednesday night's game and hold Jon Lester until Friday's opener of a three-game series against the Rays. Said Reynolds: "I look at the Tampa series, and I look at what the Rays have done against left-handed pitching: They've been horrible."

 

As for the Red Sox' outlook, Reynolds said the Sox deserve credit for competing for a playoff spot in the face of a trying season. "It's a miracle they're in it, with all the injuries," Reynolds said. "They've done a great job of hanging in there, and they're going to need some luck [down the stretch]."

 

Asked which team between the Yankees and Rays he favors to win the AL East, Reynolds went with Tampa Bay. "The Yankees right now, they're not as...

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