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09/14/2010 - 6:43am
Mashup: Mariotti faces 7 misdemeanors

Columnist Jay Mariotti is being charged with seven misdemeanors in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend last month. The writer, suspended by AOL FanHouse after his arrest, will be arraigned Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom on two counts of domestic violence with injury, two counts of domestic violence, one count of grand theft, one count of false imprisonment and one count of vandalism for allegedly taking his girlfriend’s purse. Mariotti’s lawyer, Debra Wong Yang, said Mariotti’s girlfriend was “extremely intoxicated that night and abusive toward Mr. Mariotti.” Meanwhile, Mexican television reporter Ines Sainz, who said she felt "uncomfortable" at Jets practice on Saturday, received an apology from the team's owner and was in contact with the NFL, which is looking into the situation. For more on those stories, plus videos, trivia and more, check out...

09/13/2010 - 11:59pm
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 - 10:19pm
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 - 6:38pm
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:

 

 

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09/13/2010 - 4:54pm
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...

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