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09/14/2011 - 10:03pm
Brady: Pats fans need to be loud Sunday

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady wants to hear some noise on Sunday, Patriots fans.

“Yeah, start drinking early,” Brady said with a smile on Wednesday morning. “It’s a 4:15 (p.m.) game. They have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for the home team.”

Shortly after Brady’s Q&A with the media ended, Patriots spokesman Stacey James told reporters the quarterback -- who has endorsed Smartwater -- that he wanted to clarify that statement. The quarterback, James said, “wants everyone to drink a lot of water, stay hydrated. Drink responsibly.”

Brady has asked for more noise in the past, and has chided fans for leaving early. He was asked about the possibility that crowds at Gillette Stadium have become “expectant.”

“We’ve spoiled our fans, is that what you’re saying?” he said. “If we make good plays, they’re...

09/14/2011 - 7:17pm
Wright misses Pats practice with concussion

FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Mike Wright, who missed seven games last season with a concussion, was listed on the Patriots Wednesday injury report with an apparent recurrence of the injury, presumably suffered in the regular season opener against the Dolphins. Leigh Bodden and Dan Koppen joined Wright on the sidelines for Wednesday's report. Here's the rest of the information:

OUT
CB Leigh Bodden (back)
C Dan Koppen (fibula)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DL Myron Pryor (groin)

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09/14/2011 - 5:50pm
Bard: Timing of delivery 'is just not there'

Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, who allowed three runs (two earned) in an inning of work to suffer the defeat in his team's 5-4 loss, said that he has identified a mechanical glitch that has led to his recent struggles.

Bard has given up runs in three straight outings -- the second longest streak of his career -- and in four of his last five contests while getting hit to the tune of a 17.36 ERA during the month of September. He has suffered three losses this month, giving him eight for the year, the most by a Sox reliever since Derek Lowe endured 10 relief losses in 2001.

But Bard suggested that the issue is correctable, and represents a mechanical issue rather than a health problem.

"I'm struggling just, the timing with my delivery is just not there. I can feel it on every pitch. Something feels a little bit different," said Bard. "I've been through it before. I think the effects of it are kind of magnified by how big...

09/14/2011 - 5:16pm
Marchand: I wasn't going to miss camp
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Brad Marchand happily discussed his new two-year contract along with general manager Peter Chiarelli Wednesday on a conference call. The restricted free agent had participated in voluntary veterans' practice prior to taking the deal, and though he would not directly answer the question previously, said he had no intentions of letting the contract negotiations prevent him from taking the ice for camp when it opened Friday.

"From the get-go I never was going to miss a day of camp," Marchand said. "I never wanted that. I wanted to be here the first day. I wanted to show I wanted to be here and go through the whole camp with the guys and be a part of the team. I was very happy that it didn't have to come down to that, and we were able to get the deal done before camp, so now we can just move forward." 

With Marchand signed, the Bruins have brought back one of their top young players, as Marchand's 11 goals in the...

09/14/2011 - 4:38pm
Sox blow late lead in loss to Jays

Looking to build on their momentum from an offensive explosion Tuesday night, the Sox were instead undone by their bullpen -- specifically Daniel Bard -- in a 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon at Fenway. It was the third straight rough outing for Bard who has allowed nine runs and issued five walks in his last 2 1/3 innings.

The Sox took a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning, but things quickly unraveled as Bard walked the first two batters and then committed an error to load the bases. The Jays got a run back on what could have been a double-play ball but was bobbled by Kevin Youkilis. Blue Jay outfielder Adam Loewen following a two-run single that gave the Jays the winning margin.

There was more bad news for the Sox as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left with tight left calf after hitting his 26th home run of the season -- his first at Fenway since July 7.

John Lackey worked into the sixth inning and while he allowed seven hits,...

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