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09/28/2009 - 2:06am
Byrd hopes to contribute in playoffs

NEW YORK — Right-hander Paul Byrd took the loss in the Red Sox' 4-2 setback to the Yankees on Sunday. But even as he was the pitcher of record in a game that officially eliminated the possibility that the Sox might win the AL East, Byrd still believes that — after pitching 5-2/3 innings and allowing three runs — he can be a useful component for the Sox should they make the playoffs as a wild card.

 

“Can I help the team in the postseason? Absolutely. Do I have the experience? Absolutely. Am I throwing the ball well right now? Yes, I believe so, despite giving up a few runs,” said Byrd. “I’m here to help out in any way I can. If that means I cheerlead the first series and get ready for the second series, or if it means vice versa, I’m here to help this team win in any way I can and get a ring. That’s just the bottom line.”

 

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09/27/2009 - 9:21pm
Brady on D & C at 9 a.m.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be appearing on the Dennis and Callahan Show at 9 a.m. Monday. Brady will be talking about his team's 26-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Monday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro in which the QB went 25-for-42 for 277 yards and a TD. 


09/27/2009 - 5:05pm
Yankees sweep Sox to clinch AL East

NEW YORK — Behind a solid pitching performance from Andy Pettitte and their bullpen, the Yankees claimed a 4-2 win over the Red Sox to complete a three-game sweep and clinch the American League East division crown. The Yankees won their 100th game of the season. Despite the loss, the Sox saw their magic number to clinch the wild card dip to 2 with the Rangers' 7-6 loss to the Rays.
 
The Sox received a solid pitching performance from starter Paul Byrd, who left with a 2-1 lead and two runners on in the sixth. But reliever Takashi Saito allowed the go-ahead, two-run single to Hideki Matsui, and Mark Teixeira later added an insurance run with his 38th homer of the year.
 
Relievers Brian Bruney (two innings), Phil Coke (one inning) and Mariano Rivera (scoreless ninth) then shut the door on the Sox, resulting in the first champagne celebration at the new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have won the AL East in 11 of the last 14...

09/27/2009 - 4:04pm
Pats kick their way past Falcons

FOXBORO — Steve Gostkowski kicked four field goals and the Patriots held Matt Ryan without a touchdown pass as the Patriots prevailed, 26-10, over the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium. Fred Taylor had an 8-yard TD run and went over 100 yards for the 49th time in his career. Randy Moss hauled in 10 catches for 116 yards, the 61st 100-yard game of his career. Tom Brady was 25-of-42 for 277 yards and a 36-yard TD to Chris Baker. The Patriots lost Laurence Maroney (thigh) and Vince Wilfork (ankle) to injuries in the first half and neither returned. Ryan finished 17-of-28 for 199 yards The win was New England's 16th straight over an NFC opponent. For more, visit It Is What It Is.


09/27/2009 - 2:17pm
Martinez to catch Beckett on Monday

NEW YORK -- Though Victor Martinez has the day off on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, he will be back behind the plate on Monday against the Blue Jays. Martinez will be paired with starting pitcher Josh Beckett for the third time since coming to the Red Sox, and the second straight start made by the 16-game winner.
 
Jason Varitek is catching for the Sox on Sunday, working with Paul Byrd.


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