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09/02/2009 - 11:06pm
Ex-Pats RB John Stephens killed in crash
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John M. Stephens, the 1988 Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Patriots, has been killed after his pickup truck ran off a highway and struck some trees, authorities in Shreveport, Louisiana said Wednesday. Stephens, 43, apparently lost control of his vehicle on a rural stretch of Louisiana Highway 169 near Shreveport on Tuesday evening, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's office said.

Stephens wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was thrown after the truck hit some trees head-on, sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said in a statement. The statement said Stephens apparently was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the single-vehicle accident.

"It appeared Stephens lost control and tried to overcorrect his steering, causing him to cross back over the road and hit the trees," the sheriff's office added.

 


09/02/2009 - 10:44pm
Longoria's three-run blast sinks Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria's three-run home run in the eighth inning broke a 5-5 tie and propelled the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-5 win over the Red Sox, Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox had comeback to deadlock the game in the top of the eighth when pinch-runner Joey Gathright scored on a J.P. Howell wild pitch. Josh Beckett had his fourth straight rough outing, giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings, although he did strikeout nine and not walk a batter. The Rays rallied in the eighth after the Gathright run, with reliever Ramon Ramirez giving up a leadoff double to Carlos Pena and subsequent single to Pat Burrell before Longoria launched his 26th homer of the season.


09/02/2009 - 9:49pm
Penny goes eight shutout innings

In his first start for the San Francisco Giants, former Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny went eight innings without giving up a run against the Philadelphia Phillies. He allowed five hits while striking out two and walking one, finishing having thrown 102 pitches. Penny's longest outing as a member of the Red Sox came on May 20 when he went 6 2/3 innings against Toronto. The Red Sox released Penny after he went 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA. 


09/02/2009 - 7:56pm
Wakefield: 'We're running out of time'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --  Speaking to reporters prior the Red Sox' game with the Rays Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield said that the execution of a scheduled side session Thursday will determine quite a bit in regard to whether or not he will be able to contribute at any point this season. Wakefield said his back had been feeling better since receiving a cortisone shot Monday and is improving each day. "It's a matter of testing it out," said Wakefield, who played catch from 120 feet at Tropicana Field, Wednesday. "It's time to push the envelope. We're running out of time. Push it as hard as I can go and see what happens." Wakefield said that the pain in his  back has subsided after receiving the shot, but the nerve issues with his calf remain a problem. Wakefield told the Providence Journal that if Thursday's side session doesn't go well than he...

09/02/2009 - 6:03pm
Man arrested for planting fake bomb outside Tropicana Field

According to the the St. Petersburg Police Dept., a man employed as a mechanic by the Tampa Bay Rays admitted to planting a fake explosive device outside Tropicana Field prior to Wednesday's game between the Red Sox and Rays. At about 2:10 p.m. lawn maintenance workers at Tropicana Field heard a beeping sound from a cabinet near Gate 2 that is closed to the public. The workers checked the cabinet and discovered a box inside, taped down to a shelf, with wires protruding from it, making it appear like an explosive device. The employees notified the police. As a precaution the Tampa Bomb Squad responded to the scene and confirmed the device was a hoax.


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