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09/18/2011 - 6:48pm
Pedroia: 'Nobody's going to give us anything'

Following the Red Sox' 8-5 loss to the Rays on Sunday, second baseman Dustin Pedroia was blunt in his assessment of the team and its situation. 

"We're not going to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves," Pedroia said. "Nobody's going to give us anything." 

The loss gave the Rays a 3-1 series win and puts them just two games behind Boston in the wild card standings with 10 games remaining in the regular season for each team. The Red Sox are 4-13 in the month of September after posting an 83-52 record in the regular season leading up to this month. 

"We're happy as [expletive]," Pedroia said. "We've got a two-game lead with 10 to go. We're ready to go. We just haven't played real good. We're not going to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves because we're playing like crap. Nobody's going to give us anything."

Boston is dangerously close to dipping down to .500 in the second half...

09/18/2011 - 6:31pm
Super-charged: Brady, D produce win

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady picked up where he left off Monday night, throwing three touchdowns and passing for 423 yards while the defense forced four turnovers and made a pair of big first-half plays to lead the Patriots to a 35-21 win over the Chargers Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Brady, who completed 31-of-40 passes, became the seventh player in NFL history with more than 400 yards passing in consecutive games and the first ever to follow a 500-yard game with a 400-yard effort.

Deion Branch had another huge game, catching eight passes for 129 yards while Rob Gronkowski caught two TDs for the Patriots, who won their 10th straight home opener. Brady found both of his tight end targets for first half touchdown passes as he completed 20-of-23 passes for 240 yards in the first half. Brady also connected with Chad Ochocinco on a pair of big plays, one for 15 yards, setting up a 14-yard TD pass to Aaron Hernandez in the back of the end zone. Ochocinco added a...

09/18/2011 - 5:31pm
Rays leave town just two back of Sox

The Red Sox' lead in the Wild Card race dipped to two games after suffering an 8-5 loss to the Rays, Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. It marked the Sox' 11th loss in their last 14 games, and moves their record in September to 4-13.

Taking the loss was starter Tim Wakefield, who allowed six runs on six hits over five innings. It marked the 15th straight start for Wakefield of giving up three or more earned runs, the longest such streak of his career.

The Red Sox did manage to cut the Rays' four-run lead in half in the fourth inning against Tampa Bay starter David Price when Darnell McDonald doubled in Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. But Tampa Bay came right back, scoring two more in the fifth inning, thanks in part to the first of two throwing errors by third baseman Mike Aviles.

Price was forced to leave after four innings for precautionary reasons after he the pitcher was hit in the chest with a Aviles line-drive in the third inning. The...

09/18/2011 - 2:51pm
Pats inactives: Vollmer in, Guyton out

FOXBORO --  Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is expected to make his 2011 debut today as he is active for the home opener against the Chargers. He was inactive on Monday night in Miami with a sore back.

The Patriots inactives are Ryan Mallett, receiver Taylor Price, rookie running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, center Dan Koppen (left ankle) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion). Guyton and Price are both out with hamstring issues while Wendell is nursing a calf injury. 

For the Chargers, receiver Patrick Crayton, cornerback Shareece Wright, running back Jordan Todman, linebackers Darryl Gamble and Jonas Mouton, kick returner Vincent Brown and the injured Luis Castillo are inactive.

For complete coverage, visit the Patriots team page at and the blog It Is What It Is....

09/18/2011 - 12:07pm
Bedard scheduled to start Tuesday

Erik Bedard is set to start this Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, Terry Francona announced in his pre-game press conference on Sunday. Bedard has not pitched since Sept. 3, as he has been held out with an injured lat, as well as pain in the right knee.

“There was some thought to pitching Bedard the first game on [Monday],” Francona said. “But we really wanted to talk to him a little more and see if another day after throwing outside would be to his benefit, which he thought it was. That's kind of why we are waiting.”

Bedard threw his first bullpen session Saturday and felt no discomfort in either the lat or the knee. Since being traded to the Red Sox on July 31, Bedard is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA in six games.

When asked if Bedard will give the Red Sox a normal start on Tuesday, Francona said that the left-hander will likely will be pulled earlier than he normally would.

“Normal as in getting people out...

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