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08/27/2010 - 9:50am
Strasburg likely needs Tommy John

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg will likely undergo Tommy John surgery due to a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Washingon GM Mike Rizzo told reporters. The tear was discovered during an arthrogram MRI performed on Thursday by the Nationals. Strasburg will receive a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum before making a final determination about whether to have the surgery, which would likely sideline him for most if not all of the 2011 season.

 

Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, had a 5-3 record, 2.91 ERA and a 92-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 68 innings in the big leagues this year. The flame-throwing right-hander's starts had been a major event this year, with attendance spikes and national broadcasts often accompanying him to the mound.

 

The rate of recovery from Tommy John surgery is excellent (albeit less than 100 percent), and some pitchers (such as Red Sox right-...

08/27/2010 - 8:43am
Mayo on D&C: 'We played dumb football'
By: Jay Asser

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday morning following the loss to the Rams in the third preseason game on Thursday night. Mayo talked about the defensive struggle against rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, establishing a legitimate pass rush going into the season and personally mentoring the younger linebackers.

 

"They just came out and executed better than we did," Mayo said of St. Louis. "We played dumb football last night with too many penalties and couldn't get off the field. You definitely don't see that coming leading into the week, especially with the way we've performed the previous weeks, but we just get back to the drawing table today and try to get better for next week."

 

Mayo was also asked about Brady's recent comments on the Jets and whether or not he watches "Hard Knocks."

 

"I'm not getting...

08/27/2010 - 6:29am
Mashup: Yankees boss sure of playoffs

On Thursday at Yankee Stadium, Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner talked to the media for the first time since his father's death in July. In addition to reminiscing about the late Yankees owner, Hank offered a comment that might provide some bulletin-board material in Boston: "We'd like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured we're going to get to the playoffs." The Yankees are tied with the Rays for first in the AL East and are 5½ games ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card race.

 

Also in the news, controversial columnist Jay Mariotti was suspended by AOL Thursday following his weekend arrest on domestic violence charges. A TV writes takes a look at the "gleeful" reaction around the nation to Mariotti's troubles.

 

Get additional information on those stories and more — including a move to start an NHL-supported women's hockey league — at...

08/26/2010 - 9:47pm
Fast start, wild finish: Rams edge Pats

FOXBORO -- Brandon Tate returned the game's opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and Tom Brady recorded a near-perfect quarterback rating but the Patriots suffered their first preseason loss, 36-35, to St. Louis as Josh Brown hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Brady played one series into the fourth quarter and looked in midseason form on a long, perfectly-thrown 65-yard TD strike to Randy Moss in the third quarter. Brady also found rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski twice for TD connections as the first-year player from Arizona became the first Patriots rookie since Patrick Cobbs in 2006 to score two TDs in a preseason game. As for Tate, he followed up his 97-yard return with a 43-yard return on his next kickoff chance. Tate finished with three kickoff returns and one punt return and a total of 162 return yards. 

 

On the negative side, the Patriots defensive backs...

08/26/2010 - 4:37pm
Pedroia: 'I will be good as new'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be put in a boot for his left foot over the next seven days, upon which the two sides will deem whether or not surgery will be the next step. 

 

Pedroia broke a bone in his left foot in San Francisco on June 25, after which he was placed on the DL before returning for two games last week. Pedroia experienced continued discomfort in the foot, prompting him to go on the DL again after last Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Angels. Should Pedroia get the surgery, which would not include a bone graft (the process by which part of the bone is replaced), the second baseman hopes to be healed within three months.

 

"I will be good as new," Pedroia said in a text message to WEEI.com.

 

Pedroia is hitting .288/.367/.493 with 12 homers and 41 runs batted in over 75 games this season. He has stolen nine bases. 


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