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09/27/2011 - 7:36am
Mashup: Namath criticizes Jets' Ryan

Jets legend Joe Namath apparently puts the blame for his old club's loss to the Raiders Sunday on coach Rex Ryan. Appearing on ESPN Radio Monday, Namath questioned Ryan's method of preparing his players. "It's rather alarming," Namath said. "It starts at the top. Coach Rex Ryan, he's been doing a great job, getting us to two conference championship games, but there's one thing about the athlete: You keep telling him how good he is, he's going to start believing it to the point that he may not be preparing quite the way he should. He may be losing some respect for the other team."

Responded Ryan: "I'm not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something. Joe Namath can come in here and if he can still throw we'll have him as a backup quarterback. But you know what? He doesn't know our team. He's on the outside, even though he's a Jet and once you're a Jet you're always a Jet. But he's on the outside. He's not in these...

09/26/2011 - 11:57pm
Beckett laments latest loss to Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Josh Beckett suffered through another poor outing against the Orioles Monday night, with this one coming at a most inopportune time. 

The Red Sox' starter allowed six runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking four over six innings, paving the way for the Orioles' 6-3 win over the Sox at Camden Yards. The performance moved Beckett's ERA in four starts against Baltimore this season to 7.03, the highest against any American League team this season.

The loss also moved the Red Sox into a tie with the Rays in the chase for the American League wild card.

"It’s baseball," he explained. "You can’t be [expletive] when your team needs you. That’s tough. But that’s the way it is."

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09/26/2011 - 11:36pm
Gonzalez: 'We all have to be confident'

BALTIMORE -- Speaking after his team's 6-3 loss to the Orioles Monday night at Camden Yards, Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez downplayed any panic the Sox might have despite the fact they find themselves tied with the Rays in the race for the American League wild card.

"We still control our destiny," said Gonzalez, whose club has two more games against the O's to finish off its regular season schedule. "If we win two games and have to play a third, if we win, we're in the playoffs. We all have to be confident. Other people can doubt us, but we have to be confident. We're very confident we can accomplish that."

With the loss and the Rays win, it is now certain the Red Sox will pitch Jon Lester Wednesday on short rest. If the Red Sox and Tampa Bay finish the regular season with identical records, the teams will face off Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"If we win every game, we're in the playoffs," said...

09/26/2011 - 10:25pm
Red Sox lose again; tied with Rays

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox fell into a tie with the Rays in the race for the American League wild card after dropping a 6-3 decision to the Orioles Monday night at Camden Yards. Tampa Bay took advantage of Sox' loss, claiming a 5-2 win over the Yankees to draw even with Boston.

Taking the loss for the Red Sox was starter Josh Beckett, who allowed six runs over six innings, giving up five hits and four walks while striking out five. The big hit against the hurler came in the Orioles' four-run sixth inning when Robert Andino's fly ball fell out of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's glove as the outfielder hit the wall, resulting in a three-run, inside-the-park home run.

Andino's homer was the first inside-the-park home run allowed by the Red Sox since July 23, 2006, when Adrian Beltre managed one. It was the first-ever such homer in Camden Yards' history.

Beckett had been staked to a 2-1 lead thanks to an RBI double from Ellsbury in the second...

09/26/2011 - 6:29pm
Belichick: Pats pressured Fitzpatrick well
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, discussing the team's loss to the Bills, their upcoming game against the Raiders, and the NFL Network's two-part documentary on the coach.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was not sacked in the Bills' 34-31 victory, but Belichick did not express specific displeasure with the team's pass rush. 

"It certainly could have been better -- everything could have been better -- but I didn't think it was a major problem in the game," Belichick said, adding that he felt the Pats rushed Fitzpatrick "pretty well."

On the subject of the television special, Belichick noted that the organization had granted NFL Films access for the 2009 season because it was the team's 50th season, Tom Brady's first season back from his knee injury and Belichick's 35th season coaching. There was no specific plan with what would become of the footage, and in the end it...

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