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10/06/2010 - 4:59pm
Lee brilliant as Rangers take Game 1

Cliff Lee allowed just one run in seven innings, striking out 10 batters to lead the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the best-of-five ALDS matchup.

 

Jeff Francoeur doubled in Ian Kinsler and later scored on a Bengie Molina single to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the second inning. That proved to be enough for Lee, who is now 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA in six career playoff starts.

 

Nelson Cruz and Molina later added solo home runs off Rays starter David Price.

 

Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday, with James Shields on the mound for the Rays. He'll be opposed by C.J. Wilson. 


10/06/2010 - 4:44pm
Report: Moss had 'dispute' with O'Brien

According to a report by ESPN.com, which cited player sources, Randy Moss had a "heated exchange" with Patriots quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien at halftime of the Monday night game between the Patriots and Dolphins. The Patriots trailed the Dolphins, 7-6, at halftime, and Moss had been targeted with just one pass in the first half before his outburst.

 

The trade of Moss came less than 48 hours after the reported incident. In four games this year, Moss had nine receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns, and no catches in Monday night's 41-14 Patriots victory in Miami. O'Brien is in his second year as the quarterbacks coach of the Patriots, a position that is responsible for much of the team's play-calling.

 

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10/06/2010 - 4:29pm
Lester falls short of Price in Spahn Award

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester's poor last start of the season ended up costing him recognition as the best left-handed pitcher in the majors. As a result of his four-inning, eight-run yield against the White Sox in his final outing of the 2010 season, Lester not only fell just short of the 20-win mark, but also saw the Spahn Award -- recognizing the best left-handed pitcher in the majors based on wins, ERA and strikeouts -- go to David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Up to that start, a spokesperson for the award said, Lester had been leading the field. Instead, the 26-year-old Red Sox ace finished the year with a 19-9 record, 3.25 ERA and 225 strikeouts. Price went 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA and 188 strikeouts, while CC Sabathia -- who won the Spahn Award in each of the past three seasons -- was 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA and 197 punchouts.

 

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10/06/2010 - 3:50pm
Rodney: Moss was becoming 'distraction'

Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said Wednesday he believed that wide receiver Randy Moss “was becoming a distraction” in New England, but was still “a little shock[ed]” by coach Bill Belichick’s decision to trade him.

“You have a lot of players, young players in that locker room and Belichick didn’t want that negativity to feed over to those young players and impact them in a negative way, so Belichick made this move because Randy Moss was not happy, came out and spoke out against the organization.  He felt like this was a move that had to be made to move forward.

“You have to understand, too, Belichick didn’t win any Super Bowls with Moss. They set a bunch of records offensively, but Belichick realized the locker room is more important than one individual. Randy Moss did a lot, he was a great leader in the locker room but at the end of the day the Patriots gave him...

10/06/2010 - 3:25pm
Revis: Moss put 'his foot on the brake'

Darrelle Revis spoke to the media Wednesday and gave his thoughts on the Randy Moss trade and how the wideout performed in the Patriots Week 2 loss to the Jets. Revis has feuded with Moss in the past and might face him again next Monday (Revis is still battling a hamstring injury) as the Jets face off with the Vikings. 

 

"He came out full force, early in the game," the All-Pro cornerback told The Star Ledger when asked about Moss in Week 2. "In the second half, you could tell he was kind of like putting his foot on the brake. But everybody knows that’s Randy: sometimes he comes out and plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn’t."

 

Revis did tell the Star Ledger that he thought the trade to the Vikings might give Moss "new hope."

 

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