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09/28/2010 - 6:50am
Mashup: Longoria rips Rays fans

And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team's lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays' loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: "It's kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place? It's actually embarrassing for us." Read more about that story and others, along with video, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


09/28/2010 - 6:47am
Beltre: Winning, family priorities in decision

CHICAGO -- Speaking after his team's 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre said that signing with a team that has a chance to contend will be a priority when it comes to signing with a team this offseason. But the 31-year-old also explained that his family's happiness will also play a major role in his decision, especially after spending a good amount of the 2010 season away from his pregnant wife and children.

 

"I'll see what's best for me and my family," said Beltre, who lives in the Los Angeles area during the offseason. "This year I was selfish enough, coming to the East Coast, knowing my wife was pregnant and she would be away from me basically for the whole year. This year is going to be more a family thing. It's been tough. I haven't seen family like I wanted to. We're going to settle down, discuss it, and see what's best for us."

 

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09/27/2010 - 11:01pm
Papi: 100 RBI shouldn't change perception

CHICAGO -- Moments after the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, David Ortiz explained that reaching 100 RBI -- which he accomplished with two RBI in the victory -- shouldn't be viewed as any different as when he reached 99 in 2009.

 

"As much as it was last year (when) I got 99," the Sox' DH said when asked how much reaching the milestone meant to him. He then pointed out how much perception changes with just that one extra RBI. "One RBI makes a huge difference because everybody was like focused on the first two months that I had last year. But right now, 100, for me, it's no different. It's just one number that's different."

 

Ortiz hadn't reached 100 RBI since 2007, and has now accomplished the feat six times in his career. He got to 100 this time by driving in Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre with a first-inning double.

 

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09/27/2010 - 9:51pm
Red Sox stay alive; Buchholz wins 17th

CHICAGO -- With the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the White Sox -- and the Yankees' loss to the Blue Jays -- Boston avoided being eliminated from the Wild Card race, although they still have to win their remaining six games while New York must lose all its final five contests for the teams to finish tied.

 

Leading the Red Sox to their win Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field was starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who surrendered just one run on five hits over eight innings. The righty lowered his ERA to 2.33 (coming into the game at 2.39), which trails only Seattle's Felix Hernandez (2.31), who pitches Tuesday night. Reliever Scott Atchison finished off the game for the Red Sox, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

 

The Sox' offense was led by Adrian Beltre, who finished with four hits, and Marco Scutaro (3 hits). Also spurring on the Sox' offense were Victor Martinez and David Ortiz, who each had a pair of hits and RBI. For Ortiz, the...

09/27/2010 - 7:18pm
Tito on Papelbon: 'His stuff is not down'

CHICAGO -- Speaking before his team's series-opening game against the White Sox, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that there is nothing wrong with closer Jonathan Papelbon's stuff, and that the team will continue to search for answers why the pitcher continues to have uneven results.

 

“It’s a really good question. It’s something that, I think, we’ll probably certainly spend some time trying to have a really good answer for that. I don’t right now besides the obvious," said Francona when asked what might be leading to performances from Papelbon like the one he suffered through Sunday night at Yankee Stadium when he allowed two runs in the ninth inning.

 

"Some nights he’s given up runs. I don’t think there’s been a game all year where he hasn’t been available, which is good. I just think there’s been times where he hasn’t pitched to the same...

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