Joe Kelly (Associated Press)

Enough is enough. The madness needs to stop. It is pretty clear that the Red Sox have virtually no chance at all to play meaningful games for the rest of the 2015 season, and it is also clear that the pitching staff is the rough equivalent of a high school varsity squad (no offense to high school varsity teams). However, there is not a single logical reason to explain why Joe Kelly continually makes Major League starts for the Boston Red Sox. None. Zip. Nada. Despite the injury to Clay Buchholz (isn’t that a shocking statement), the Red Sox cannot seriously argue that Kelly is one of their five best starting pitching options at this point, and there is a case to be made that Kelly isn’t even good enough to be in the majors.

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Patriots Sign Tarell Brown

July 24, 2015 at 7:11pm in Featured, Patriots
Tarell Brown Raiders

The New England Patriots have bolstered their cornerback position by signing free agent Tarell Brown to a one year deal. Throughout his seven year career, Brown has played for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.

As Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston notes, the reasoning behind Brown still being available on the free agent market is due to a broken foot he suffered last December which caused the Raiders to place him on season ending injured reserve. Continue reading Patriots Sign Tarell Brown »

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Boston has been bruised, battered, and beaten in every facet of the game on their tough 7-game swing through Los Angeles and Houston. The Sox dropped four straight to the Angels in a sweep, something that has never happened on the Angels turf in the 55-year history of the series between the two teams. In four games the Sox were outscored 22-4 by the red hot LA club who beat up on Sox with the long ball and great starting pitching. The song remained the same in Houston where they were again outscored 17-9 and swept in a 3-game set. Continue reading Red Sox Historically Bad on the Road, All But Out of AL East Hunt »

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Devin McCourty

Next up in the five part series of most important Patriots heading into training camp is freshly-extended free safety Devin McCourty.  Number three is likely to post on Sunday, stay tuned…

After signing a long term extension in March, Devin McCourty then saw Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Kyle Arrington all leave the secondary. Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, and Patrick Chung are back and rookie Darryl Roberts could be a sleeper to get some playing time. But there is no doubt that this is now McCourty’s secondary and he will have to lead both in play and character.

McCourty shouldn’t have much trouble doing either, he has established himself as an elite free safety and a great locker room guy. However, due to the reduction in talent around him McCourty will have more on his shoulders than ever. He had the luxury of Revis last season and could play a ranging, center field type safety. He will likely be forced into more coverage this year and even when he can play center field, he will have to more cautious than he would be if he had his former teammates with him. He will also have to compensate for when younger, less talented corners get beat deep and it’s a strong possibility McCourty’s pass break ups down the field will go up.

McCourty will have to be a stabilizing force for a Patriots secondary that could take half a season to figure out. Even at that point, that won’t necessarily mean they will be very good. If McCourty sees a dip in his play, it could prove disastrous for the Patriots defense. If he, however, can play up to his usual level, it will make the loss of Revis and Browner hurt less than it would on most teams.

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Pedro Martinez (SI Cover)

1. Red Sox:

* Miley five walks in six innings – unacceptable

* Mike Napoli three extra base hits – you just assured your trade

* Love the third base coach yelling at Hanley Ramirez to stop jogging home on Napoli 8th inning double

* Six games since All Star game going into Thursday night: Hitting .192 / 1 HR / 0 Stolen Bases / 9 runs / 44 K to 10 BB / ERA 5.36

2. Patriot All Pro’s by position:

(not one running back during Belichick or Parcells era)

QB – Brady (2) / Parilli

RB – Nance (2) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Russians Are Coming, Pedro Facts, Hamburger, Hamburger… »

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John Wilcox/Boston Globe

After seeking a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Clay Buchholz’s original diagnosis of a flexor strain in the right elbow was confirmed. During the visit, it was recommended that the right-hander also get a Platelet-Rich Plasma injection. This injection contains a higher proportion of platelets than normal blood and it’s thought to facilitate reduction of inflammation and healing in the elbow.

This injection will shut Buchholz down once again, possibly for a few weeks, and push the timetable for his return back. Prior to the injection the Sox ace had played light toss the past few days, and with the injection this will come to a halt. Continue reading Clay Buchholz Receives Elbow Injection, Will Extend Time on DL »

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Alex Brandon/ Associated Press

‘The Truth’ and other NBA stars from around the league told the world and, most importantly, the media, what they believe to be the truth about awards handed down for NBA players. In the first annual NBA Players Association (NBPA) Players Awards hosted in Las Vegas, taped on Sunday and aired Tuesday night, players were given the opportunity to vote on who they thought should receive various league awards normally voted on by members of the media. Players have been pushing to have a say in the accolades that get handed out at the end of each season for some time and now the NBPA has come up with a way to give them just that. An awards ceremony where the players, who assert they know the league and their fellow players better than the media, get to cast votes and have their voices heard.

Paul Pierce, now teammates with Chris Paul, President of the NBA players union, made an appearance on stage to accept the player’s choice award for Defensive Player of the Year DeAndre Jordan after presenter Gary Payton joked that his new teammate Dirk Nowitzki would accept in his place. Continue reading Paul Pierce Participates in the First Annual NBA Players Association Players Awards »

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