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Greenville Drive third baseman, Yoan Moncada, enjoyed an electric second half to his 2015 season landing him the number one spot in Baseball America’s top prospects in the South Atlantic league.  The League has single-A affiliates from the the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles major league franchises.

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Ugh – off week – get it out of the way

1. Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana postseason:

Super Bowl Victories………………Brady – 4 / Montana – 4

Super Bowl Appearances…………Brady – 6 / Montana – 4

League Championship Games…..Brady 6-3 (.666) / Montana 4-3 (.571)

Rushing TD’s…………………………..Brady 5 / Montana 2

Postseason Record………………….Brady 21-8 (.724) / Montana 17-6 (.739)

Average Yards per game…………..Brady 253.3 / Montana 250.9

TD to Interceptions………………….Brady 53 to 26 (2.03) / Montana 45 to 21 (2.14)

Completion %…………………………Brady 62.95% / Montana 62.67%

2. Red Sox vs. Yankees lineup Thursday night:

* Red Sox payroll for nine players….$18.5mm (Castillo and Craig $15mm of total) Continue reading Connelly Top Ten: Bye Week, Red Sox By Week, Woody Harrelson’s Father »

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Here is part 2 of the 2 part 2015-2016 Atlantic Division preview. To read part 1, click here.

In this part I will be reviewing and previewing the 4 teams that finished ahead of the Bruins in the division standings last season. All 4 teams made it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

4th Place: Ottawa Senators (99 points)

Ottawa’s ’14-’15 season was defined by their 2nd half surge when Andrew Hammond, the Hamburglar, took the starting goaltender spot from Craig Anderson and absolutely took the league by storm. In the 24 games he played in he went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals against average. It was unfathomable. The rookie put on a superhuman performance while he was in net and the Sens fans ate it up. They started selling McDonalds Hamburglar masks at games and Hammond even got recognized by the fast food chain and now gets free McDonalds for life. Pretty cool, huh? Continue reading 2015-2016 Atlantic Division Preview for Bruins Fans, Part 2 »

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A couple more two home run, five RBI performances, Blake, and we can escape from New York without giving the Yankees the satisfaction of their 10,000th win - together. (Boston Globe)

Lord knows it’s been months since I’ve asked anything of the 2015 Boston Red Sox. Mired in last place and saddled with two free agent splashes that never made it out of the shallow end, what was there to ask?

But with only a few games left, I do have one final request as a Red Sox fan dying a death of a thousand misplayed Hanley Ramirez fly balls.

Please, please don’t give the New York Yankees the pleasure of beating us for their 10,000th win in franchise history. Continue reading Can the Red Sox Avoid Being the Victim of the Yankees 10,000th Win? Please? »

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When undrafted rookie free agent center David Andrews entered training camp in late July, the expectation was that he would be backing up starter Bryan Stork for this season and beyond with the possibility of getting reps at guard. Stork’s concussion in August was followed by his being placed on short term injured reserve, meaning he will not be back until week nine. This thrust Andrews into the spotlight.

The 6’2″ University of Georgia product has been the only Patriots player to play every possible snap through the first three games of the season. More importantly, he has been a key part of an offensive line that has kept Tom Brady mostly clean. The protection issues from the beginning of the 2014 season have not resurfaced, even with more than one rookie along the offensive line.

Andrews is very athletic, which helps him in pass and run blocking. He is also fundamentally sound, a quality necessary if the Patriots are to play him. He did not allow a sack in his final two seasons at Georgia and has continued that trend into his NFL career. He performed admirably against a dominant Bills defensive line and followed that up with another strong outing against Jacksonville.

It is unlikely that Andrews will supplant Stork as the starter once Stork is healthy, but New England has to be happy with what they have seen. They are now assured of having strong depth at center for at least the rest of this year and probably longer. Andrews, for his part, is increasingly making harder for Patriots coaches to sit him when week nine arrives.

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Josh McDaniels doesn't leave Tom Brady hanging this time as he congratulates him after throwing his 400th career touchdown pass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

For most of the other 31 teams in the league this could easily have been a trap game. The Patriots have been rolling offensively to start the year and the Jaguars just are not on the same level as New England. With the bye week following this game it could have been easy for the Patriots to overlook their opponent and get tripped up. But unlike the Jets who crashed back down to Earth in their game against the Eagles, the Patriots showed everyone that they are taking no prisoners this season. Belichick made sure that his team was ready for 60 minutes of football and that’s exactly what the players gave him on Sunday. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 3: Patriots Stomp Out the Jaguars 51-17 As They Head Into the Bye Week »

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This week, the Washington Nationals were tied up in a 4-4 game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. when MVP candidate Bryce Harper stepped to the plate. Before getting to the at bat it is important to mention some history. This season the Nationals were favored to win the NL East by just about everyone in baseball. Ex-Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was acquired from the Phillies to help do just that two months ago. In the last few months the Nationals have seen the NL East slip away to the New York Mets and any wild card hope has been stomped out by an extremely competitive NL Central with the Cardinals leading the way and the Pirates and Cubs battling each other for a 1-game home playoff to advance to the divisional round. Just this week the Nationals were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Continue reading Ex-Sox closer Papelbon Brawls With MVP Candidate Bryce Harper »

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