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10/03/2010 - 9:21pm
Epstein: 'Larger-than-normal' Sox changes?

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, speaking after his team's season-ending 8-4 win over the Yankees, acknowledged that his team is bracing for an offseason in which significant change, while not a certainty, is possible. Given the uncertain contract situations of players like Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz, Epstein said that the 2011 Red Sox could take a notably different form than the 2010 edition that wrapped up an 89-73 campaign.

 

"I can say there’s potential for there to be larger-than-normal turnover, but I wouldn’t guarantee it either,” said Epstein. “We’ll see how everything comes together.”

 

Epstein said that the club has interest in bringing back Ortiz, Beltre and Martinez, and acknowledged the bullpen as a priority for offseason improvement. He and manager Terry Francona also analyzed individual successes (Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz),...

10/03/2010 - 6:27pm
Varitek: 'Don't know what the future holds'

Speaking after the Red Sox season-ending, 8-4 victory over the Yankees, Sunday at Fenway Park, Jason Varitek reiterated that he plans on playing somewhere next season, and would love to remain with the Sox.

 

"Don't know what the future holds," said Varitek, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason. "It was a good day today.

 

"We'll just have to see what happens. But I do appreciate the fan support, respect my teammates. This has been a special place for me."

 

Varitek said he was caught off guard when Red Sox manager Terry Francona sent Kevin Cash out to catch closer Jonathan Papelbon after the pitcher's warm-up tosses, allowing for the Sox' captain to receive a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd.

 

"I saw Cash down there, and I just kind of dismissed it, focused on what I had to do," he said. "It’s an important game of...

10/03/2010 - 3:47pm
Red Sox boot Yanks out of AL East title

Jed Lowrie homered twice and David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with two infield singles in support of John Lackey's 7 2/3 strong innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 8-3, in the 2010 season finale at Fenway Park. The loss by the Yankees gave the American League East title to the Tampa Bay Rays and pushed the Yankees to wild card in the American League. 

 

The Red Sox finish the season with an 89-73 mark, in third place in the A.L. East while winning the season series against the Yankees, 9-8. 

 

Lackey allowed six hits, three runs - two earned - to finish the season 14-11 record and a 4.40 ERA. 

 

The Rays, who won their second division crown in three years, will face Texas in the ALDS starting this week while the Yankees draw the Twins in the other series. 

 

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10/03/2010 - 3:24pm
Jets win again, this time behind Tomlinson

The Jets improved to 3-1 with their third straight win over an AFC East foe, beating Buffalo, 38-14, Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. Leading the way for New York was running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The performance marked the first time since Oct. 26, 2008 that Tomlinson had rushed for 100 yards or better. It also allowed him to pass Tony Dorsett on the NFL's all-time rushing list, moving into seventh place. 

 

The Jets moved out to a 31-7 advantage thanks in part to two touchdown catches by Dustin Keller, coming 1:33 apart from one another. The Bills, on the other hand, allowed at least 30 points for the third straight game. For a complete recap click here.

 

For all the NFL scores and news from Sunday, along with Patriots' content heading into their Monday night game against the Dolphins, see the team page,...

10/03/2010 - 7:31am
Wakefield: 'It has been very frustrating'

After giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings in the Red Sox' 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Yankees Saturday, Tim Wakefield admitted that the 2010 season had been 'very frustrating' after having been moved to the bullpen for much of the year, and he is currently planning to pitch one more campaign. 

 

“It’s over for me, this season is over for me,” said Wakefield, who had pitched just one inning, in relief, since Sept. 17 prior to Saturday. “It has been very frustrating, hard to swallow at times and I’ve done whatever they have asked to me to do without really complaining too much.

 

“It is what it is and it was what is was. All I can do is prepare myself for next year and whatever role that might be. The season is over (today) and I’m definitely going to take a break and see what happens.”

 

Wakefield finishes '11 with a 4-5 and a 5.34 ERA,...

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