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10/01/2010 - 8:22am
Schefter on D&C: Pass rushers tough to find

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the goings-on around the league.

 

Asked for an analysis of defensive end Trevor Pryce's acquisition by the Jets, Schefter explained: "Basically, Baltimore assumed that he would just re-sign with them. And the more I looked into this situation, the more I thought, 'Boy, I think that was a little naive.' Because basically, they cut his salary in the offseason by $2 1/2 million. And I think anybody that has their salary cut by any employer has a little thing inside them.

 

"So, they cut his salary, then they cut him — which, he's got his salary guaranteed. But they give him a window to go out and talk to Rex Ryan, who he vowed if he ever had the chance to play for, he would. The Jets need pass rushers from the inside part of the defensive line. They called Trevor, and boom, the deal got done...

10/01/2010 - 7:04am
Mayo on D&C: Pats need to stop run

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as the team prepares for Monday night's game against the Dolphins in Miami.

 

Mayo said the key for the Patriots is to improve their run-stopping defense. "A lot of teams have been trying to get us out of our base defense, base 3-4 defense, trying to get us in sub packages, like nickel and dime and things like that, and run the ball," he said. "So, I think if we can go out there and stay in base and stop the run in sub, I think we'll be fine."

 

Mayo also addressed the defense's struggles on third down. "On third down, I don't know, we haven't been able to get off the field," he said. "Sometimes it's penalties, sometimes it's been lack of awareness of where the sticks are. We have to change that, We have to change that trend, hopefully Monday."

 

While the Jets...

10/01/2010 - 6:05am
Mashup: Mariotti pleads no contest

As part of a plea deal with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, sports columnist Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence Thursday and was sentenced to three years probation and 40 hours of community labor. Mariotti was arrested in August after allegedly pushing and grabbing his girlfriend. Read more about that story, plus check out other news, videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


09/30/2010 - 11:12pm
Beltre's player option doubles to $10 million

CHICAGO -- Adrian Beltre's player option for 2011 officially doubled, from $5 million to $10 million, after he reached 640 plate appearances for the season with his three at-bats in the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the White Sox, Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Beltre, who came into the game with 638 plate appearances, hadn't reached the level of PA's since 2006, when he finished with 681. The third baseman has now had at least 640 plate appearances four times in his career.

 

Even with option jumping up by $5 million, it almost certainly won't factor into Beltre's approach to committing to a team this offseason. He inked the one-year, $10 million deal with the Red Sox prior to the 2010 campaign with an eye on securing a multi-year deal following the season. The plan has worked for the 31-year-old, who is hitting .321 with 28 home runs and an OPS of .923.

 

"It doesn't mean anything to me," said Beltre, who has...

09/30/2010 - 9:10pm
Lester can't notch win No. 20, Sox lose

 

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester failed in his attempt to become the first Red Sox' left-handed pitcher to win 20 games since Mel Parnell accomplished the feat in 1953, giving up eight runs on nine hits over four innings against the White Sox, Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The end result of the outing was an 8-2 loss for the Red Sox in their series finale against the White Sox.

 

Lester, who would have been the Red Sox' first 20-game winner (and 28th overall) since Josh Beckett (2007), succumbed to a grand slam by Paul Konkero in the fourth inning, and a Dayan Viciedo two-run shot in the fifth. Lester finishes the season at 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA. He left the game with the Red Sox carrying a six-run deficit.

 

The Red Sox' offense was supplied by Victor Martinez, who launched a two-run homer to left field, scoring Marco Scutaro in the third inning, giving the visitors a one-run lead at the time.

 

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