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09/02/2012 - 11:45am
Gronk: Branch cut 'definitely a tough time'

FOXBORO -- The release of veteran wide receiver Deion Branch on Friday caught many by surprise, including those inside the Patriots locker room like Rob Gronkowski. 

“That shows the business side of the NFL and it’s always tough to see your friends go," Gronkowski said Sunday. "Your friends, people who were your mentors, guys you look up to and it’s tough seeing them go. It’s part of the business but at the same time, you wish them the best of luck and hopefully everything works out for everyone that you see go. It’s definitely a tough time.

“He’s just a great guy overall. He taught so much on the field, how to practice, how to stay motivated out there, how to do the rep right so we don’t have to repeat it. He’s a great guy, always love talking to him and will always be in touch with him.”

Gronkowski is entering his third NFL season and he said Sunday that Branch was...

09/01/2012 - 11:58pm
Pedroia, Aceves in dugout argument

The Red Sox endured a Looney Toons moment in the field during their 7-1 loss on Saturday night, as Alfredo Aceves charged in between catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and first baseman James Loney in an attempt to catch a foul pop-up. Aceves ran into Saltalamacchia's mitt as the ball bounced off of Aceves' glove, resulting in an error on the pitcher.

Though the play prolonged Jonny Gomes' at-bat, its significance was muted when he fouled out. Still, after the inning, cameras caught Aceves and Dustin Pedroia involved in a shouting match in the dugout in which third base coach Jerry Royster interceded, perhaps related to a couple of pickoff attempts that Aceves made on Coco Crisp at second base.

After the game, Pedroia told reporters, "That's none of your guys' business. That's between teammates."

Aceves, similarly, told reporters, "It was something that we have to communicate on, between us, but that’s us. That stays with us...

09/01/2012 - 11:04pm
Deeper and deeper: Sox blown out again

The Red Sox continued their downward spiral in a 7-1 blowout loss to the A's on Saturday night, the team's fifth straight defeat to start a nine-game West Coast swing. With the loss, the Sox fell to 62-72, the first time that the club has been 10 games under .500 since July 17, 1997, when the team was 42-52.

The Sox managed just one run and three hits over seven innings against Oakland starter A.J. Griffin. Indeed, Griffin had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings before Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia bunted for a single. The Sox have now scored just eight runs in their last four games and 13 over their five-game roadtrip. Dustin Pedroia delivered the Sox' only run of the game with an RBI single in the sixth, extending his hitting streak to 12 games with his 1-for-4 effort.

That lone run, however, came too late to matter for the Sox. Coco Crisp gave the A's a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first by launching a leadoff homer to left against Sox...

09/01/2012 - 10:02pm
Valentine on lineup: 'Just a mistake'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine offered reporters in Oakland a puzzling explanation of a lineup on Saturday night in Oakland that featured outfielder Scott Podsednik in the third slot of the batting order for the first time in his career.

"Just a mistake," Valentine said in response to his deployment of Podsednik. "Is that what it says on the lineup? What the [expletive]? Switch it up. Who knows? Maybe it will look good. I haven’t seen it."

Valentine's Sox entered Saturday with a 62-71 record, good for a .466 winning percentage that is tied for the third worst of any team he's managed from the first day of spring training.

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09/01/2012 - 6:05pm
Bad turnover: BC sloppy in loss to Miami

CHESTNUT HILL -- True freshman Duke Johnson had touchdown runs of 54 and 56 yards and Boston College lost two of four fumbles as the Miami Hurricanes beat the Eagles, 41-32, Saturday at Alumni Stadium in the ACC and season opener for both teams. Johnson, a standout high school running back heavily recruited by Alabama, finished the day with 135 yards on just seven carries. Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig threw for 441 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. 

Rettig got off to a blazing start, leading the Eagles on scoring drives of 75 and 70 yards on the opening two possessions of the game. Andre Williams capped the first scoring drive of the day with a four-yard TD run. Rettig connected with Jake Sinkovec on a short pass out in the flat that Sinkovec turned into a 15-yard touchdown. The score put the Eagles up, 14-0. 

But the Hurricanes responded with a 1-yard run from Eduardo Clements that pulled the Hurricanes within seven, 14-7,...

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