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09/08/2011 - 10:25am
Pats tab McCourty, Mankins 4 others captains

FOXBORO -- In a vote among players, Devin McCourty has earned a place as a captain on the 2011 Patriots in just his second NFL season. 

The players voted the second-year corner as one of six team captains and one of three on defense, joining Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. On the offensive side, Tom Brady and Logan Mankins were voted in as captains while Matthew Slater was voted as a special teams captain. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


09/08/2011 - 8:00am
Mashup: Pats third on Forbes money list

Forbes magazine published its annual ranking of the most valuable franchises in the NFL. Based on 2010 evaluations, the Patriots are worth $1.4 billion and rank third behind the Cowboys ($1.85 billion) and Redskins ($1.55 billion).
The Cowboys are second in the world to only the English soccer team Manchester United, valued at $1.9 billion.

In other news, former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas did not hold back when criticizing Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio for his handling of the team's quarterback situation and alleged lack of trustworthiness. "If there was ever a head coach that needs to be punched in the face for not being truthful to his players, it has to be Jack Del Rio," Douglas said.

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09/07/2011 - 11:44pm
Wakefield on loss: 'I'll take the blame'

TORONTO -- For the seventh straight start, Tim Wakefield had a chance at winning his 200th game and came up empty, with Daniel Bard and Matt Albers allowing five runs in the eighth inning on the way to an 11-10 Red Sox loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

It was the third time during the stretch that Wakefield left his outing with a lead only to come away with a no-decision. This time he would go five innings, allowing five runs (4 earned).

But, even with the bullpen implosion, Wakefield only wanted to point at himself when looking for whom to blame.

"I'm disappointed for him. It's one of those things where he's trying his best," said Wakefield of Bard, who was charged with all five of the runs in the eighth, having left with the bases loaded and the score tied. (Albers followed by allowing an Edwin Encarnacion bases-clearing double after Bard's bases loaded walk to Jose Bautista.) "I'll take the blame for...

09/07/2011 - 10:40pm
Wakefield left still searching for 200th win

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion capped a five-run eighth inning for the Blue Jays with a bases-clearing, bases loaded double off reliever Matt Albers, giving the Jays the lead for good in an 11-10 win over the Red Sox Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Taking the loss for the Sox was Daniel Bard, who was charged with all five eighth-inning runs, including a bases loaded walk to Jose Bautista with two outs that drove the reliever from the game. The Bautista RBI also ruined Tim Wakefield's chance of winning his 200th career game, with the starter having to settle for a no-decision in his five-inning outing in which he allowed five runs (4 earned), three hits, striking out three and walking three while throwing 91 pitches (46 strikes).

The Red Sox' loss marks the seventh straight start in which Wakefield has failed to lock up win No. 200. It was the third time in the seven starts that Wakefield has left with a lead.

Starring for the Red Sox offense...

09/07/2011 - 7:54pm
Tito: No need to have one guy at shortstop

TORONTO -- Prior to his team's game against the Blue Jays Wednesday night at Rogers Centre, Red Sox manager Terry Francona suggested that he wasn't going to rush to identify a starting shortstop despite the recent solid play of Marco Scutaro.

"I guess it depends on how we’re playing and how guys are playing. I understand the question," said Francona regarding the inquiry about potentially identifying a starter. "I just don’t know how to answer it three weeks ahead of time. It seems like things change daily, if not weekly. I guess I would just fall back on the answer, I’ll put us in what I think is in our best position to win. We’ll see what that is. I don’t think it’s necessary to have one guy be the shortstop. At the same time, maybe there’s a hot hand. I don’t know. We’ll see."

Scutaro had been experiencing a hot streak heading into Wednesday night's game, having hit in 17...

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