FOXBORO -- The Patriots and Saints completed their first day of controlled workouts and scrimmages against each other on the practice fields outside Gillette Stadium on Tuesday. The two teams will have a single workout on Wednesday morning before playing each other in the preseason opener for both on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.
"When you have another team come in here, after you've hit each other for 20 practices, having another team come in here [is good]," Patriots quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien said. "We have to go in and watch the film and see how it went but I thought the tempo was good and got out of it what we wanted to get out of it.
"I'm sure there were some things we can correct. We saw some good execution in the passing game, saw some good execution in the running game and now we just have to work to correct the things that weren't executed well."
As the Red Sox prepare to take on Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero in the opener of their three-game set in Toronto, the team will feature a lineup with six hitters who are either right-handed or switch-hitters. Outfielder Ryan Kalish gets the day off, as Bill Hall will be in left and Jed Lowrie will make the start at second base. It is, however, worth noting that Romero has slightly better numbers this year against right-handers (.238/.314/.335/.649) than lefties (.254/.314/.387/.701).
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Marco Scutaro will be hitting leadoff for the Red Sox Tuesday as the team goes up against Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero (9-7, 3.37 ERA). The left-handed throwing Romero was awful in his lone start this season against the Sox, failing to escape the third inning and allowing nine runs, five of which were earned.
The Sox lineup will feature six hitters who are either right-handed or switch-hitters, with the most notable change being that outfielder Ryan Kalish gets the day off, as Bill Hall will be in left and Jed Lowrie will make the start at second base. It is, however, worth noting that Romero has slightly better numbers this year against right-handers (.238/.314/.335/.649) than lefties (.254/.314/.387/.701). Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-3, 3.96) will take the hill for the Sox.
The 2010-11 NBA schedule was released Tuesday. Highlights for the Celtics include the season-opener vs. the new-look Heat on Oct. 26 at TD Garden and a Christmas Day game at Orlando. The Celtics face off against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 30, in the fourth game of a five-game road trip. The teams have a rematch on Thursday night, Feb. 10.
The Celtics play at Miami on Nov. 11 and April 10, and host the Heat again on Feb. 13. Orlando comes in for a Martin Luther King Day game on Jan. 17 and returns on Feb. 6. The C's also will be in action on New Year's Eve, hosting Chris Paul and the Hornets.
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