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08/27/2011 - 9:59pm
Cleaning up: Sox sweep pair from A's

Though it took 11 hours, the Red Sox were rewarded for a long, rain-soaked day at Fenway Park with a doubleheader sweep of the Athletics. After a 9-3 win in the first contest of the day, the Sox claimed a 4-0 victory in the nightcap, with David Ortiz doing the damage early and the bullpen making the advantage stand up.

Ortiz slammed a two-run homer (his 27th) in the bottom of the second inning, and the Sox later added a pair of runs on a pair of RBIs by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (one on a groundout, another on a double). Ortiz, meanwhile, followed a 2-for-4 day game in which he ripped two doubles with a 3-for-4 nightcap that included the homer and two singles.

The Sox DH is amidst one of his finest runs in memory. During a 12-game hitting streak dating to Aug. 7 (and prior to suffering bursitis that had him down for nine games), Ortiz is hitting .522 (24-for-46) with six homers, 14 RBIs, a .577 OBP, a 1.043 slugging mark and a 1.620 OPS.

08/27/2011 - 9:17pm
Welker hurts neck making tackle

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker injured his neck late in the first half of Saturday's preseason game vs. the Lions making a tackle on an interception thrown by Tom Brady. Welker dipped his head and tackled Ricardo Silva, bringing him to the turf at the Patriots' 46. Adding to the violent nature of the play was Welker slamming his head off the field turf at Ford Field. 

Welker walked off the field by himself before getting examined by Patriots trainers and medical staffers. 

"We'll see, I'm not sure," Brady said after the game when asked about Welker's availability in the near future. "He's a tough guy. There's nobody tougher than Wes Welker. Mentally, physically, he's as good as there is. He's a big part of our offense, a huge part of the offense."

The team announced early in the third quarter that Welker had been diagnosed with a neck injury and his return to the game was questionable. For more, visit the...

08/27/2011 - 6:13pm
McClelland: MLB 'wanted game to finish'

Umpiring crew chief Tim McClelland told a pool reporter after Game 1 of the double header that the decision to complete the game was made in conjunction with Major League Baseball Executive VP of Baseball Operations Joe Torre. While there was a precedent, from a Sox-Twins doubleheader on April 22, 2009, in which a lopsided first game was called after seven innings and the rain was allowed to pass before the nightcap, Torre told McClelland that approach was a mistake, and could not be repeated.

"That was an aberration," said McClelland. "According to the rules, that can't happen or shouldn't happen. They didn't want that. They wanted this game to finish." 

McClelland acknowledged that the conditions at Fenway Park are suboptimal for games to be played, but suggested that the two teams would try to plow ahead with the second game.

"[The forecast] changes every hour. That's the problem we've got," ...

08/27/2011 - 3:58pm
Report: Haynesworth not expected to play

Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions in Detroit, according to Tom Curran of Comcast Sports Net. Haynesworth has not played in New England's first two preseason games, and returned to practice on a regular basis this week for the first time since the start of the month. He was acquired via a trade with Washington on July 28. For more Patriots news, check out

08/27/2011 - 3:41pm
Wet and wild: Tek, Lester lead Sox to win

Jason Varitek homered to snap a 1-1 tie and drove in three runs while Jon Lester pitched six innings and earned his team-leading 14th win as the Red Sox beat the A's, 9-3, Saturday in the first game of a scheduled split-doubleheader at Fenway Park. With Hurricane Irene bearing down on New York and New England, the game was stopped twice and delayed a total of three hours. 

Mike Aviles, playing third base for Jed Lowrie, went 3-for-4 and scored twice while David Ortiz doubled twice and scored twice to pace the 13-hit attack. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to lead off the third, his 183rd hit of the season, a new career high, passing his 182 hits with the Padres in 2007. Gonzalez added a single in the sixth. 

Lester (14-6) allowed three hits, two runs - one earned - over his six innings. After allowing the game-tying homer to Brandon Allen leading off the second, Varitek drilled a fastball from Guillermo Moscoso (6-8) into the Red Sox bullpen in...

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