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09/27/2010 - 1:47am
Hall: Sox 'put fear in [Yankees'] heart'

NEW YORK -- In the aftermath of their 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Yankees, the Red Sox were forced to face cold, mathematical reality. The team's hopes of an improbable comeback in the season's final week all but vanished with a defeat that moved the team's elimination number to 1. The Sox can do no better than match the 93-win total that both the Yankees and Rays already have achieved. A single Red Sox loss or a single victory by the Yankees and Rays will officially wipe out any Sox playoff aspirations.

 

And so, the Sox were left after the agonizing defeat on Sunday to both celebrate the character of a club that refused to concede the race and to take pride in having left the Yankees on the defensive. In particular, the Sox' victories in the first two games of the three-game weekend series engendered a measure of disquietude in the Bronx, resulting in the Yankees' decision after Saturday's game to have Phil Hughes -- whose start the club had...

09/27/2010 - 12:19am
Papelbon: I was 'pitching against the umpire'

NEW YORK -- Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, after blowing his eighth save of the season in the ninth inning of an eventual 10-inning, 4-3 loss to the Yankees, insisted that the work of home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi played a significant role in his inability to secure the lead.

 

Papelbon entered after the Sox took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The Sox closer promptly returned serve, allowing three hits and a walk that led to the game-tying run. Papelbon felt that he was squeezed on several pitches, including on a two-strike pitch to Alex Rodriguez. The pitch was called a ball, and Papelbon eventually walked Rodriguez to load the bases prior to Robinson Cano's game-tying single.

 

"It was really tough tonight. Considering I’m not only pitching against the hitter, I’m pitching against the umpire. I mean, when you’ve got to do that against this lineup you...

09/26/2010 - 11:01pm
Sox near the end with Bronx heartbreaker

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox fought with the desperation of a team that recognized the consequences of a loss. But in the end, they could not keep the inevitable at bay forever.

 

The Yankees manufactured a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to claim a 4-3 walkoff victory. New York's game-winning rally occurred on the watch of Sox reliever Hideki Okajima, who permitted a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson. Brett Gardner followed by dropping a bunt down the first-base line; catcher Victor Martinez fielded it, but fired the ball into Gardner's back as he closed on first base. The ball caromed away, and so the bunt single and error put runners on the corners with no outs.

 

That forced the Sox to intentionally walk Derek Jeter to load the bases. With one out, Okajima issued a bases-loaded walk, forcing the winning run across the plate.

 

Thus ended one of the most tumultuous games of the year. Daisuke Matsuzaka...

09/26/2010 - 4:40pm
Moss on Faulk: 'That's my boy'

Speaking after the Patriots' 38-30 win over the Bills Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Randy Moss spoke for the first time regarding his decision to wear injured teammate Kevin Faulk's No. 33 during practice leading up to the Buffalo game.

 

"That's my boy. I just wanted to put his jersey on just to represent him," Moss said. "There wasn't nothing behind it, really."

 

Moss finished his day with two catches, both of which went for touchdowns. The wideout first caught a seven-yard TD throw from Tom Brady in the first quarter, and then hauled in a 35-yarder from Brady in the third quarter. He explained that despite some productive performances from newcomers to the Patriots' offense -- such as running back Danny Woodhead (3 carries, 42 yards, TD) -- the Pats will face a stiff challenge going forward without Faulk, who is out for the season due to knee surgery.

 

"Any time you lose a...

09/26/2010 - 4:15pm
Brady: Time to move on to Miami

Speaking after his team's 38-30 win over the Bills Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that no matter how his team accomplished it, the victory was a solid one and provides much-needed momentum heading into the Pats' Monday night showdown with the Dolphins.

 

"You're trying to win the game. At the end of the year when you look at your record, 'Oh that was a close one, that counts as half a win.' A win is a win," Brady explained. "It doesn't matter if you win by 50 or by one because the following week it really makes no difference how we did the previous week. It's like a chapter. Once this chapter is over you move on. You don't reflect well last week we lost by 30, this week we won by seven, so we're still a crappy team. No, we're 1-1. The goal is to win the game. It's really not a matter of, 'God, that's a great looking win,' or 'That's a bad win.' You're trying to win."

 

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