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09/14/2010 - 12:59am
Lester comes up aces in win over M's

Jon Lester allowed just three singles while punching out 12 batters in eight innings of work, earning a career-high 17th victory as the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 5-1.

 

Lester (17-8) featured a dominant arsenal on a night when he became just the fifth pitcher in Red Sox history to record back-to-back seasons of 200 or more strikeouts. The outing was the fourth straight in which the left-hander had struck out 10 or more batters, most in the majors this year. He also has a major league-leading seven games in which he's reached double digits in strikeouts in 2010.

 

The offense was led by a group of Red Sox prospects, as all five runs were driven in by players who started the year in the minors. Lars Anderson delivered his first big league RBI with a double to the gap in left-center, Daniel Nava delivered a run-scoring double of his own and Ryan Kalish gave the Sox some late breathing room by clubbing a two-run homer to right...

09/13/2010 - 11:19pm
Lester reaches 200 strikeouts

For the second straight season, Red Sox starter Jon Lester reached the 200-strikeout threshold, achieving the milestone when he struck out Mariners catcher Adam Moore on a curveball in the bottom of the third inning. Lester's third punchout of the game was his 200th of the year, making him just the fifth pitcher in Red Sox history (and only left-hander) to reach the mark in back-to-back seasons.

 

Lester joins Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Cy Young and Smokey Joe Wood as the only pitchers in Sox franchise history to record the feat. Martinez struck out 200 or more batters in two separate three-year streaks (1998-2000 and 2002-04), while Clemens did it in seven straight years from 1986-1992.


09/13/2010 - 7:38pm
Moss led cheers before heading to podium

Just moments before going up the podium after the Patriots' 38-24 win over the Bengals Sunday, using much of a 16-minute question and answer session to talk about contract issues, Randy Moss led the cheers in the Pats' locker room after a brief speech from head coach Bill Belichick. Thanks to the folks at Patriots Today on Patriots.com, here is video from the scene:

 

 

It was also...

09/13/2010 - 5:54pm
Belichick on Big Show: Everybody loves Moss

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, during his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that while he did not see or hear Randy Moss' 16-minute interview following New England's 38-24 victory on Sunday, he did not have any reaction to the wide receiver's suggestion that he was not appreciated by the Patriots. Belichick insisted that Moss has not been a distraction during this time in New England, and that he remains a valued member of the team both on and off the field.

 

"I feel the same way about Randy as I have for the last three-plus years," said Belichick. "Good guy to have on our team. Players, coaches, everybody loves him. He’s got a great personality. Very enthusiastic. And he’s a good football player. I’m glad he’s here. ...

 

"He adds a lot to our football team in a lot of ways: on the field, off the field. I think guys look up to him and his energy and enthusiasm for...

09/13/2010 - 3:39pm
Seized MLB test results ruled unconstitutional

According to a press release from the Major League Baseball Players Association, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a revised opinion in favor of the MLBPA, holding that the seizure by the Government of test results from Major League Baseball’s 2003 drug testing program was unconstitutional.

 

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the testing results were intended to be anonymous and confidential. The government, however, seized test results without authorization for hundreds of players during the Balco investigation. (The 2003 test results included the positive test by David Ortiz for a performance enhancing substance.)

 

The Ninth Circuit ruled that the government's ability to seize the electronic data in the case would jeopardize the Fourth Amendment restriction of unreasonable government search and seizure. In August 2009, the same panel also ruled in favor of the...

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