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08/04/2011 - 10:33pm
Bullpen, not Bedard, blows it for Sox

Erik Bedard was good enough, but the Red Sox bullpen wasn't, as the Sox relievers allowed four runs in the final four innings, resulting in a 7-3 Indians win Thursday night at Fenway Park. The defeat puts the Sox in a dead-heat for the top spot in the American League, with both Boston and the Yankees carrying 68-42 records heading into their three-game series, starting Friday.

Pitching in his first game in a Red Sox uniform, Bedard lasted five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. The lefty struck out five, didn't walk a batter and ended up throwing 70 pitches (49 strikes). He gave way to reliever Franklin Morales with the game tied at 3-3.

Morales, who hadn't allowed a run in 12 of his last 14 outings coming into Thursday's game, immediately ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a two-run homer to Carlos Santana. 

Another Red Sox reliever to have his difficulties was Andrew Miller, who gave up two runs on four hits over 2 2/3...

08/04/2011 - 10:33pm
Bullpen, not Bedard, blows it for Sox

Erik Bedard was good enough, but the Red Sox bullpen wasn't, as the Sox relievers allowed four runs in the final four innings, resulting in a 7-3 Indians win Thursday night at Fenway Park. The defeat puts the Sox in a dead heat for the top spot in the American League, with both Boston and the Yankees carrying 68-42 records heading into their three-game series that starts Friday.

Pitching in his first game in a Red Sox uniform, Bedard lasted five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. The lefty struck out five, didn't walk a batter and ended up throwing 70 pitches (49 strikes). He gave way to reliever Franklin Morales with the game tied at 3.

Morales, who hadn't allowed a run in 12 of his last 14 outings coming into Thursday's game, immediately ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a two-run homer to Carlos Santana.

Another Red Sox reliever to have his difficulties was Andrew Miller, who gave up two runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings...

08/04/2011 - 9:02pm
Mankins: Everything OK between me, Kraft

FOXBORO – Contrary to popular belief, Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins said he has never had a problem with owner Robert Kraft.

"Let's get things straight: Me and Mr. Kraft never had a problem. I never said he lied," Mankins said Thursday when he was asked how things stand between him and Kraft. "When I said the organization, I never said he did. So let's get that straight right now. Me and Mr. Kraft never had a problem. We've talked last offseason, we've talked last season, we've talked this offseason, we've talked in training camp, so everything is good between me and him."

Last year, Mankins expressed frustration with his contract situation and told ESPN that he wanted to be be traded. He later sat out the first half of last season because he was unhappy with his contract situation. However, the Pro Bowl left guard recently signed his $10.1 million franchise tender, and he shrugged when he was asked why he...

08/04/2011 - 6:28pm
Former Jet Ellis works out for Patriots

FOXBORO -- In an effort to continue to look for more ways to bolster their defensive line, the Patriots had veteran defensive end Shaun Ellis in Foxboro for a workout, WEEI.com's Christopher Price has confirmed.  

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is very familiar with Ellis, as the 34-year-old was selected by the Jets in the first round (12th overall) of the 2000 draft out of the University of Tennessee. 

The first of four first-round draft picks that the Jets had that year, Ellis made an immediate impact, recording 8.5 sacks in his rookie season. Only Hugh Douglas in 1995 with 10 sacks ranks higher in Jets history for most sacks by a rookie. 

After struggling in 2001 and 2002 with less-than-average sack numbers, Ellis rebounded in 2003 with an impressive 12.5 sacks. Ellis followed up his 2003 season with 11 sacks in 2004. Ellis anchored a strong Jets run defense which contributed to a 10-6 season and a wild card berth...

08/04/2011 - 6:03pm
NFL: Players have ratified new CBA

The news every NFL team was waiting for finally came late Thursday afternoon when the league office was notified that players around the league have ratified the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement, allowing all players to officially report to their teams and begin practicing. 

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed via twitter that commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith will sign the document on Friday morning at 11 a.m. ET in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 

Aiello also confirmed the player ratification via Twitter: Our office was notified at 4:54 pm ET that the players have ratified the new 10-year CBA.

Word came just one week before the opening of the preseason schedule for NFL teams like the Patriots, who open their preseason schedule on Aug. 11 at Gillette Stadium against the Jaguars. 

For more on the Patriots and the NFL, visit the Patriots...

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