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09/17/2012 - 10:23pm
Red Sox play spoiler with win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox were able to play the role of spoiler Monday night, knocking the Rays further back in the wild card chase thanks to a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

The Rays came into the game four games out of the final wild card spot.

Helping key the Red Sox' win was Jacoby Ellsbury, who broke up Alex Cobb's no-hitter with two outs in the sixth inning by blasting a two-run homer over the right fence. The homer, which scored Jose Iglesias, gave the Sox a lead their wouldn't relinquish.

Earning the win for the Red Sox was starter Aaron Cook, who allowed just one run on five hits over six innings, throwing 75 pitches (47 strikes). Cook induced 10 ground outs, and just one fly out.

Coming in to finish things up for the Red Sox were Rich Hlll, Junichi Tazawa, and Mark Melancon. Melancon would be the only reliever to allow a run, surrendering a single score in the ninth.

After scoring the two runs in...

09/17/2012 - 6:08pm
Belichick: Nothing going on with Welker
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, discussing amongst other things the team's loss to the Cardinals and receiver Wes Welker. 

Belichick maintained that there is nothing out of the ordinary going on with Welker. The veteran receiver did not start for the Patriots against the Cardinals and didn't have a reception until late in the first half. Welker finished the game with five receptions for 95 yards on 11 targets. 

"I think if you look at Wes' play time over the last five years since he's been here, it's been pretty consistent," Belichick said. "I don't think it's any different now than it has been. It's been pretty consistent."

Asked if he felt Welker's role within the offense has changed, Belichick replied, "no." He also noted that people shouldn't read too much into whether or not a player starts the game.

"I always think it's a lot more...

09/17/2012 - 5:19pm
Maddon: 'Not upset' by Valentine late-gate

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said that he was "not upset" by the fact that Red Sox counterpart Bobby Valentine, in a Big Show appearance earlier this month to explain his arrival at the ballpark fewer than three hours before the start of a game in Oakland while caught in traffic after picking up his son from the airport, described Maddon as arriving at the ballpark "everyday at 4 o'clock." 

At the time, Maddon aired his rejoinder via twitter (@RaysJoeMaddon): Apologies to the writers for being late to today's pregame session. My pedicure appointment ran a little late.

"I thought it was pretty funny. I didn't quite understand why I was being treated to such an illustrious moment," Maddon explained on Monday, prior to the game between his Rays and the Red Sox at the Tropicana Dome. "I was not upset. I was not anything. I just thought I needed to throw a little bit of humor out in...

09/17/2012 - 4:34pm
Belichick: Doctors 'still looking' at Hernandez

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick did not have an update Monday on the status of his injured star tight end Aaron Hernandez. The valuable piece of the Patriots offense suffered a high right ankle sprain when William Gay tackled Julian Edelman on a short crossing route. The two fell to the ground and rolled up on the right foot of Hernandez. 

"I don't really have any update on his status yet," Belichick said. "I think they're still looking at him."

ESPN reported Monday that Hernandez likely will not return until October at the earliest. Various reports Sunday night indicated that the typical recovery time from a significant high ankle sprain is 6-8 weeks.

Hernandez is expected to miss his first game this Sunday night when the Patriots battle the Ravens on Sunday night. 

Hernandez was seen leaving the stadium after Sunday's loss using crutches and wearing a walking boot. For more, visit the Patriots team...

09/17/2012 - 4:00pm
Belichick: 'Don't really see [Welker] behind'

FOXBORO --  Bill Belichick dispelled one theory about the lack of playing time for Wes Welker in his Monday press briefing at Gillette Stadium. Belichick was asked if the receiver's departure for several days from the team for a funeral had caused him to behind others in the team's offense. 

"Wes has a lot of experience around here," Belichick said. "I think he's one of our smartest and obviously most experienced players. I don't really see him behind."

Welker, who was not listed on the injury report, did not start in his customary slot receiver position on Sunday, with Julian Edelman taking his place. Welker played in 63 offensive snaps on Sunday while Edelman took part in 75. Belichick said it's not unusual for a player like Welker to get fewer snaps than others because of game situations. 

"I'm sure you've seen us play before. We have different combinations of personnel groups in every game all...

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