The Red Sox achieved another milestone in their record-setting sellout streak at Fenway Park, notching their 700th straight contest in which they sold the full allotment of tickets. The previous big league record for selltouts was 455, set by the Indians between 1995-2001. The Red Sox, who have sold out every game since May 15, 2003, broke that mark three years ago.
"Reaching 700 consecutive sell-outs is a lesson for us all to never underestimate what the passion of Red Sox Nation can achieve," said Sox principal owner John Henry.
"Red Sox Nation gives our players and coaches a distinct competitive advantage in home games by creating a sell-out atmosphere unmatched in any other ballpark, said CEO Larry Lucchino.
Sox players and coaches stepped out of the dugout to salute the crowd with a tip of the cap during the fifth inning.
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Carl Crawford was scratched minutes prior to Friday's game between the Red Sox and Rangers due to what the team described as illness. He was replaced in the lineup by newly acquired Conor Jackson, who will play left and bat seventh in his Boston debut.
Though the switch from a left-handed to a right-handed lineup member might appear to benefit the Sox, Crawford is 2-for-7 in his career against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland while Jackson is 0-for-8.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday that releasing players is the “worst part of the job.” New England, which released eight players on Friday, must pare down the roster to the league-mandated 53 active players by Saturday afternoon. While he acknowledged that it is part of the team-building process, he added that it doesn’t make it any easier.
“Guys work hard, they give you everything they’ve got, they go out there and compete, and not everybody can make it,” Belichick said. “It’s always a tough time of year for myself and all the other position coaches as well, because those guys spend a lot of time with those players in meetings, watching film with them, out on the practice field in smaller groups, and really try to develop a good...
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis said that he feels healthy again after a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain on Aug. 18. The 31-year-old received an epidural injection after landing on the D.L., and suggested that he is now ready to return as a contributor for the final month of the regular season and into October.
"It’s September and we just go out and play the game. But I feel pretty good right now, I’m just ready to play ball," said Youkilis. "Hopefully I can go out there and play well and play at a high level and help this team win. For me, it’s always my goal to get out there and help them do that and help us in the last 20-something games stay in first place and try to win this division."
Youkilis, who went 2-for-8 on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket this week, returned to his customary cleanup spot. He will have an imposing act to follow, however, as teammate...
NORTON -- As the third-to-last player in the field, Troy Matteson certainly proved that he belongs at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton as a part of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup. He carded an opening round 6-under 65 to hold a one-shot lead over four golfers.
Matteson carded seven birdies and one bogey on his round. Only the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup Standings qualified for the tournament, and he sits at No. 97.
No. 1-ranked player in the world Luke Donald headlines the four players one stroke behind Matteson. Also in that group are Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Jerry Kelly and Y.E. Yang.
New England native and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley shot a 3-under 68 and trails Matteson by three strokes. Phil Mickelson carded a one-under 70, playing the first tournament round of his career with a belly putter.
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