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09/21/2010 - 5:41am
Beltre: 'I hope I don't have to use [option]'

Speaking before the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Orioles Monday night at Fenway Park, Adrian Beltre said that he isn't concerned about reaching the 640 plate appearances that will automatically make his $5 million player option for 2011 jump to $10 million because he doesn't believe it will come into play. "It doesn't matter," said Beltre, who finished Monday with 603 plate appearances with 12 games to play. "I hope I don't have to use it."

 

Beltre has reached 640 plate appearances three times in his career, having last reached the milestone in 2006 when he totaled 681. He missed the mark by one PA in '07, and finished with 599 last season.

 

"That number was set because I had done it before. I had been close to that number for a lot of years. Since the season started I never thought about numbers. I never really thought about it," he said. "It shows I wasn't hurt, which was one of the things...

09/20/2010 - 9:24pm
For the Birds: Matsuzaka, Sox lose

This was not the sort of team history with which the Red Sox envisioned Daisuke Matsuzaka flirting when they signed him to such great fanfare after the 2006 season.

 

Matsuzaka allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings, marking the seventh straight outing in which he's given up at least four earned runs, as the Sox dropped the series opener against the Orioles by a 4-2 count. The right-handed issued five walks in addition to six hits over 6 1/3 innings. Though he left the contest with the game tied, 2-2, reliever Daniel Bard allowed both runners he inherited from Matsuzaka to score, thus giving Matsuzaka the longest streak of starts allowing four or more earned runs by a Red Sox pitcher since 1942-43.

 

The Red Sox mustered little offense against Orioles starter Brian Matusz and the Baltimore bullpen. The Sox pushed across just one first-inning run against Matusz, who then worked through the rest of his five-inning outing without...

09/20/2010 - 8:27pm
Broncos receiver found dead

Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley has been found dead, apparently the result of a suicide, according to FOX 31 in Denver. The 23-year-old McKinley, a fifth-round pick out of South Carolina in 2009, caught 207 passes and generated over 2,700 yards as a collegian. He appeared in eight games as a rookie last season before an injury landed him on IR. McKinley is the third Broncos player to die a sudden death in the past four years: In Jan. 2007, cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in drive-by shooting, and in Feb. 2007, running back Damien Nash, 24, collapsed and died during a charity basketball game.


09/20/2010 - 5:08pm
Belichick: Meriweather's not in doghouse

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, during his weekly interview on The Big Show, downplayed the demotion of safety Brandon Meriweather from the starting lineup. (Meriweather told the Dale & Holley show earlier today that it was his fault that he's not starting and that he, "hasn't been myself.")

 

"Brandon played yeterday," Belichick said. "So did James [Sanders]. So did Patrick [Chung]. They all played. They all contributed and I think all three will continue to do that in the future. I don't think whoever's out there for the first play of the game is the most significant thing." Asked if Meriweather was in the doghouse, Belichick responded, "No, I wouldn't say that."

 

After a strong start, the Pats offense struggled against the Jets in a 28-14 loss. The coach said part of that...

09/20/2010 - 4:23pm
BB: Welker hit not 'what league is looking for'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick reacted Monday to the first-half head shot on Wes Welker by Jets safety Eric Smith that forced the Patriots receiver from the game and wound up in him being sent to the sideline to have his head examined by the team's medical staff. 

 

"I think we both kind of saw the same thing," Belichick said of his heated discussion with the side judge moments after the play. "They threw a flag on it. I don't think that's really what the league is looking for, are those kind of plays. I can't imagine they are. See what they want to do about it."

 

"I just asked them about the call and what they saw," added Belichick, who stopped just short of asking the league for an additional penalty to be levied against Smith. 

 

"It's their call, not mine," Belichick said. 

 

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