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09/01/2011 - 11:18pm
Haynesworth: Patriots 'career-saving' to me

FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth made his Patriots debut Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Giants and then went out of his way to thank the Patriots for giving him a chance to save his career. He and fellow newcomer Andre Carter were together on the defensive line, as they were the last two seasons in Washington, when Haynesworth quickly fell out of favor with the Redskins, the team that gave him $41 million guaranteed as part of a seven-year, $100 million deal prior to the 2009 season. 

"We were talking about how different it is and how we really like this place," Haynesworth said of his in-game chat with Carter. "This is a career-saving place for me to come. I had no idea it would be like this but it's unbelievable. I wish I kind of took [a look at the Patriots] two years ago and came here."

The Patriots acquired him in a trade just before camp opened and reworked his contract to a two-year deal worth $8.7...

09/01/2011 - 10:32pm
Martin bests Bard, Sox as Yankees win

Russell Martin's one-out, seventh-inning triple into the right-center field gap gave the Yankees a lead they wouldn't relinquish on the way to New York's 4-2 win over the Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park. The pivotal hit, which came off Sox reliever Daniel Bard, scored Chris Dickerson and Jesus Montero.

Taking the loss was Alfredo Aceves, who allowed both Dickerson and Montero to reach. It marked the first time Aceves had surrendered a run since Aug. 10, a span that encompassed seven outings. Bard would also allow the Yanks to claim an insurance run when Eric Chavez singled in Martin.

Red Sox starter Jon Lester only allowed one run, but he could get through just five innings, thanks in part to a 43-pitch first inning. The lefty gave up seven hits, striking out six and walking three while finishing with 114 pitches.

Yankees starter A.J. Burnett was in line to take the loss before the Martin hit, having left with a 2-1 deficit thanks to...

09/01/2011 - 9:32pm
First looks, final touches: Giants beat Pats

FOXBORO -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a pair of short touchdown runs while Tom Brady and the starting offensive unit played the entire first quarter before the Giants rallied in the second half for an 18-17 win at Gillette Stadium Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams. 

Brady and the starters got a quick opportunity when Domenik Hixon was stripped by Rob Ninkovich, losing a catch from David Carr on the game's first play from scrimmage. Patrick Chung returned it to the 1-yard line, where Brady handed off to Green-Ellis for the easy TD. Devin McCourty intercepted Carr on the Giants' next drive, setting up a 31-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal. 

Brady played the next three full series, completing 5-of-9 passes for 116 yards, including a 64-yard catch-and-run by Matthew Slater in the first quarter. The catch set up Green-Ellis' second 1-yard TD plunge, putting the Patriots up 17-3.

In his final preseason...

09/01/2011 - 6:16pm
Haynesworth, Ellis make Pats debuts

FOXBORO -- Both Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis suited up for Thursday night's game in warmups in expectation of their preseason debuts for the Patriots. The Gillette Stadium crowd wasn't disappointed as both saw first-half action, with Haynesworth recording two tackles and Ellis picking up a sack of David Carr late in the second quarter. 

Haynesworth spent several weeks following his trade to New England rehabbing his sore knee and dealing with a simple assault case in Washington. He joined the team in full pads practice last week and practiced this week. 

Ellis was signed after the Jets released the 34-year-old defensive lineman this summer. 

The Patriots also dressed Mike Wright, who also saw his first game action in the first half on the defensive line. 

Tom Brady suited up and took part in full warmups with Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead and Chad Ochocinco. The starting quarterback played the first half with...

09/01/2011 - 3:50pm
Youkilis to be activated Friday, Drew not yet

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis will be activated for Friday's game against the Rangers, manager Terry Francona announced on Thursday. Youkilis has been out of the Red Sox lineup since Aug. 17 with a back injury and would be first eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. In two rehab games for Triple-A Pawtucket, Youkilis was 2-for-8 with a walk and solo home run. He played all nine innings at third base Wednesday night in Rochester, N.Y., for the PawSox and returned to Boston Thursday to work out with the team before being activated. Francona said he expects Youkilis to be ready to play every day upon his arrival, although he added that the coaching staff would monitor his health as he plays.

While Youkilis is set to return, right fielder J.D. Drew suffered a setback as he jammed one of his knuckles during his rehab assignment. Francona said that the doctors told him Drew could play "as tolerated" but added that Drew is sore. The...

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