And thus Derek Jeter ends his career at Yankee Stadium in story book fashion, with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. (USA Today)

Don’t hold your breath, Red Sox fans.

Something’s telling me you might not be seeing much of Derek Jeter on the field at Fenway Park in the final three games of the season and his career.

On Thursday night, in his final game at Yankee Stadium after a 20-year career as a New York Yankee, Jeter drove in the winning run with a walk-off single to right field. How’s that for a story book ending?

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Bobby Valentine may not be able to count, but the 2014 Red Sox are one win away from not being as bad as his 2012 team. (ESPN)

Thank the baseball gods that there are now less than four games left in this abomination of a Red Sox season.

All are against teams officially eliminated from the MLB postseason – the rubber game against the Tampa Bay Rays, then three against Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees – meaning the Red Sox can’t even play the role of spoiler.

So why even watch if this season remains literally meaningless, with no playoff implications remaining? For one reason, and one reason only: The magic number 1, as in one win the 2014 Red Sox need to end up with a better record than the 2012 team led by a certain Bobby Valentine.

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Redraft King: Week 4 Redraft Advice

September 25, 2014 at 9:00am in Fantasy, Featured, Opinion
Jordy Nelson

In the interest of full disclosure, before we dive to week 4 advice, let’s review where I was right and where I was wrong in week 3. If you missed it, here was my week 3 advice column.

Week 3 Recap:

Tom Brady turned out to be a terrible call, the Pats offense continues to struggle this season. Josh McCown was a laughable prediction—it’s probably for the best that he hurt his thumb before he had a chance to throw anymore interceptions, or perpetrate anymore fumbles. And my only decent call at QB from last week was EJ Manuel who scored 15 points by ESPN standard scoring.

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Will the Red Sox closer carousel bring Koji Uehara back again next year, or will the Red Sox have to turn to someone else (again)? (ESPN.com)

157 down, 5 to go.

That’s all that’s left on this misery of a Red Sox season, thankfully. But the Rajon Rondo trade rumors are nothing more than just that — rumors — and the Patriots don’t play every day (perhaps fortunately, considering Week 3′s ugly win), so I’m trying to justify reasons to keep sports in my everyday life.

So to answer the question, “Why watch the Red Sox?”, I’ve turned to Rusney Castillo’s first stint in the majors, Clay Buchholz’s momentum going into 2015, and David Ortiz’s record-setting season. One more reason (which I’ll probably ignore) is the Red Sox closer carousel, and what it may mean for the 2015 return of deposed closer Koji Uehara.

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Vince Wilfork, Sealver Siliga

When the Patriots face the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, they will face one of the most potent rush offenses in the NFL. In a Monday night game on the road it will be important for the Patriots to set the physical tone on both sides of the ball. Despite the Chiefs being 1-2, they have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL and the New England defense will need to contain the Kansas City running game to keep the Chiefs out of rhythm and off balance.

The Chiefs have All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles at the top of the depth chart, but he was sidelined last week with a high ankle sprain and may miss this Monday’s game as well. What did the Chiefs do in Charles absence last week? They rushed for 174 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground. They also averaged 4.1 yards per carry. Continue reading Patriots Run Defense Will Face One of the Season’s Biggest Tests in Week Four »

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Julian Edelman has been one of the few bright spots on the Patriots' struggling offense. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

As Al Davis said “Just win baby.” The only positive out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders is that the Patriots improved their record to 2-1. Thankfully the defense played well enough and made the big play when they needed it. Tom Brady and the rest of the offense continued to look out of sync and devoid any identity. In a “glass half full” sense you could argue the offense struggled early last season and ended up in the AFC Championship game. However, this season has not seen the injury issues that last season endured, and the roster this season has more talent and experience at the wide receiver position. Growing pains happen every year but when the starting quarterback is often revered as one of, if not, the greatest of all time, you’d hope they can get a more consistent result earlier than they have been the past couple seasons.

- Everyone expected there would be questions with the offensive line. Coming into the season they had a new offensive line coach for the first time in decades. They traded the anchor of the line, Logan Mankins, in the preseason. Against Miami, they were rotating guys on and off the field constantly. The past two weeks they have used the same starting five left to right of Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Dan Connolly, Jordan Devey, and Sebastian Vollmer. At one point the rookie Bryan Stork subbed in to play center moving Connolly to guard and Devey to the bench. No one had a game they’ll want to remember, but they’ll need to remember because this is a weakness that many teams can exploit on a weekly basis. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 3: Offense Struggles, Patriots Top Raiders 16-9 »

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Tom Brady has been unhappy with the offense's performance this season (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports).

After a solid performance in Minnesota last week, the Patriots will try to continue their momentum against the woeful Oakland Raiders. The Pats defense had no problem dominating veteran quarterback Matt Cassel, and they have a chance to do the exact same to Raiders rookie Derrick Carr on Sunday.

Here’s what we’ll be watching for in the Patriots 2014 home opener.

Airing it Out

The New England offense only scored 16 “true” offensive points last week, and they’ll need to show some improvement on Sunday. Tom Brady was visibly disappointed in the offense’s performance in Minnesota, and this week could be a chance for Brady and his receiving core to create some chemistry. Continue reading Week 3 Preview: Raiders at Patriots, Sept. 21, 2014 »

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