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10/09/2009 - 8:30am
Morning Mashup: Blame the umps
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It was a Thursday tripleheader of bad news. Only the umpires were worse than the Red Sox in the ALDS opener vs. the Angels, the Bruins were embarrassed at home, and Patriots running back Fred Taylor had ankle surgery. After you're done getting caught up on all the negative stuff, check out a funny football commercial and a trivia question about the Impossible Dream Red Sox at Friday's Morning Mashup on our LEEInks blog.


10/09/2009 - 7:26am
Watson on D&C: Sympathy for Taylor

Patriots tight end Ben Watson appeared on Dennis & Callahan Friday morning and discussed the reports that running back Fred Taylor had surgery and could be lost for the rest of the season.

 

"It's hard to see somebody like Fred go down with an injury," Watson said. "I've been a fan of his for a long time. He's been a great player down in Jacksonville and a great player here, too. It's always tough when a veteran guy like that goes down. You feel for him. I feel bad that the injury happened to him, But it is part of the game. It's something that everybody has to deal with."

 

The Patriots head to Denver and look to hand the Broncos their first loss under new coach Josh McDaniels. As if Denver didn't have enough of a home-field advantage, Sunday's forecast calls for temperatures of 37 degrees and snow.

 

"I heard a rumor of that, I was trying not to pay attention to it,"...

10/09/2009 - 2:30am
Players, umpires react to controversial calls in Red Sox' loss

First base umpire C.B. Bucknor was in the middle of two controversial calls that went against the Red Sox in their 5-0 loss to the Angels on Thursday night at Angels Stadium in the opening game of the American League Division Series. The first came in the fourth inning when Alex Gonzalez' throw drew Kevin Youkilis off the bag, forcing the first baseman to make a swipe tag on Angels baserunner Howie Kendrick. Replays showed that Youkilis did tag Kendrick before Kendrick reached the base, but Bucknor didn't see it that way. “He said I tagged him, but he said he was on the base when I tagged him,” Youkilis said. “I didn’t think that was possible.”

 

The second instance also came on a grounder off the bat of Kendrick, who this time led off the sixth by hitting the ball to third baseman Mike Lowell. Lowell tossed...

10/09/2009 - 1:41am
Martinez to catch Beckett in Game 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Victor Martinez confirmed after the Red Sox' 5-0 loss to the Angels on Thursday night that he will catch Josh Beckett in the second game of the Sox' American League Division Series against the Angels on Friday night. Martinez was only told of the decision Thursday, but he said he had felt there was a good chance of the pairing taking place, especially after catching Beckett in his bullpen session Tuesday at Angels Stadium. 


10/09/2009 - 12:46am
Angels blank Sox in ALDS opener

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Angels starter John Lackey delivered a dominating performance, shutting out the Red Sox for 7-1/3 innings to lead his club to a 5-0 victory over Boston in the opener of the best-of-five American League Division Series. The right-hander threw 114 pitches and allowed just four hits (all singles) while walking one and striking out four.
 
Lackey outpitched Sox starter Jon Lester, who matched zeros with the Angels starter through the first four innings. But in the fifth, Lester allowed a leadoff double and walked Bobby Abreu before giving up a three-run homer to straightaway center field to Torii Hunter. It came on a fastball up and over the middle of the plate. In absorbing the defeat, Lester allowed three runs in six innings.
 
The Angels tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh against relievers Ramon Ramirez and Takashi Saito, aided in part by a sloppy Sox defense that committed three errors on...

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