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09/19/2012 - 10:33pm
Red Sox pitchers come undone in loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox succumbed to a seven-run sixth inning on the way to getting beat up by the Rays, 13-3, Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Sox are 4-2 on their current road trip, which concludes with a fourth straight game against Tampa Bay, Thursday.

Sox pitchers had all kinds of problem with the usually weak-hitting Tampa Bay lineup, allowing 13 hits and 10 walks.

The troubles started with the performance of starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gave up five runs on nine hits over three innings. Matsuzaka surrendered two home runs, both coming in the fourth inning when Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Pena each went deep.

The Red Sox' bullpen offered no relief, with Alfredo Aceves coming on and giving four runs on three hits over his two innings. The righty was followed by Daniel Bard, whose struggles continued in the form of 1/3 inning outing in which he walked three, allowed a hit and three runs.

Since Bard's...

09/19/2012 - 4:58pm
Nine limited for Pats at Wednesday practice

FOXBORO -- The only member of the Patriots roster who didn't practice on Wednesday afternoon was tight end Aaron Hernandez, who suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. However, New England had nine players who were limited on Wednesday, including wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who is dealing with a thigh injury. Here's the complete injury report:

 

Did Not Practice

TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle)

 

Limited Participation

G Dan Connolly (concussion)

CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring)

TE Daniel Fells (shin)

DT Justin Francis (ankle)

WR Brandon Lloyd (thigh)

OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)

CB Sterling Moore (knee)

RB Shane Vereen (foot)

OT Sebastian...

09/19/2012 - 3:21pm
Bobby V: Iglesias' confidence not an issue
By: DJ Bean

Bobby Valentine made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday, with his decision to pinch-hit for Jose Iglesias in the middle of an at-bat the biggest topic discussed. The interview ended with Valentine hanging up during a discussion about Joe Maddon's punctuality, with Valentine insisting that Maddon shows up to road games later than he does for home games. 

Asked whether he gave any thought to pinch-hitting for Iglesias before he went to the plate on Sunday, Valentine responded, "Good question, Glenn! I really wish rather than everyone playing all the time, 'I gotcha' here in the media, for them to actually ask an intelligent follow-up question so something like that could be answered. 

"Was there thought given to pinch-hitting for him when he went up to the plate? Let me explain the situation," he continued. "There's two out and [Pedro] Ciriaco's on first base. [Daniel] Nava's my only left-handed pinch-hitter...

09/19/2012 - 2:07pm
Bernard Pollard: 'I'm ready to go'

Ravens defensive back Bernard Pollard, who suffered a rib injury last week against the Eagles, said he’s “ready to go” this week when Baltimore meets the Patriots in a rematch of the AFC title game.

Pollard, who has gained a large measure of infamy for his hits on Rob Gronkowski (in last year’s conference championship contest) and Tom Brady (in the 2008 regular-season opener, a hit that ended the quarterback’s season), said he’s OK to play this time around against New England.

“I’m chilling -- I’m ready to go,” Pollard told reporters on Wednesday. “For me, I know my dogs are going to be ready. We got to be animals out there. We’re going to be ready to play football.”

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09/19/2012 - 2:01pm
Only Hernandez missing, Winslow debuts

FOXBORO -- Not surprisingly, Aaron Hernandez missed practice on Wednesday as the Patriots returned to the practice field in shorts and shells on the grass fields in preparation for the Ravens Sunday night in Baltimore. Hernandez injured his right ankle in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals and is expected to miss several weeks with an ankle sprain. Herandez was the only player on the 53-man roster not spotted on Wednesday at practice. 

Tight end Kellen Winslow was in attendance for his first practice with the Patriots, wearing No. 82. Winslow was signed on Tuesday to take the place of Hernandez. Wide receiver Deion Branch and linebacker Niko Koutouvides also made their returns to the Patriots during practice. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


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