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Tom Brady has come a long way.

Happy 37th birthday to the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

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Patriots defensive linemen Vince Wilfork and Chandler Jones. (AP Photo)

2013 was an injury riddled season for the Patriots defensive line. Starting tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly had their seasons end in the first five weeks, and the injuries highlighted a tremendous lack of depth on the defensive front.

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The Pats were forced to insert inexperienced players into both tackle spots as a result of these injuries. Joe Vellano and Chris Jones held their own, despite struggling against the run. Late in the season we saw Sealver Siliga (I still don’t know why his name is pronounced sel-ING-ga) inserted into the starting lineup and provide a boost. The experience these three earned last season will be very valuable as they return to reserve roles behind Wilfork and Kelly. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Defensive Line Preview: Jones, Ninkovich, Wilfork, Kelly, Easley »

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Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut playing right field and batting clean up behind David Ortiz against the Yankees today. (Boston Herald)

After arriving late to yesterday’s game against the New York Yankees, newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes will make his debut for the Boston Red Sox today. He is in right field batting cleanup behind David Ortiz.

Cespedes, of course, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline for Jon Lester, who will coincidentally be making his pitching debut for the A’s simultaneously on the West Coast.

Time to find out what sort of damage the right-handed slugger from Cuba can do with the Green Monster looming just 310 feet away in left field.

Continue reading Cespedes in RF, Batting Cleanup for Red Sox Debut at Fenway »

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Chris Capuano will get the start at Fenway, along with Stephen Drew, but both will be wearing Yankee pinstripes. (NY Daily News)

In April, Chris Capuano looked like he would be a key part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen, a vaunted lefty reliever who had given up zero runs in 11 appearances.

Two months later, the Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew, solidifying the left side of the infield to make a push for the playoffs.

Today, both will take the field at Fenway Park…only they won’t be wearing Red Sox uniforms. Instead, they’ll be coming out of the visitor’s dugout as members of the New York Yankees.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Red Sox!

Continue reading Awkward Turtle: Former Red Sox Capuano and Drew to Take Field at Fenway…as Yankees »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Can you believe it’s August?
* Greatest Trade Deadline ever
* Is Danny Ainge really going to do nothing?
* Does Drew get booed out of the park?

2. Red Sox Trade:

I give them a B (no top 25 prospects and I think Cepedes is overrated)

Jon Lester
John Lackey
Jonny Gomes
Andrew Miller
Stephen Drew
Jake Peavy
Felix Dubront
Corey Litrell

Red Sox get

Yoenis Cepedes – OF Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Trade Deadline Fun, Top of Boston Area, Left Field Mashers »

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David Price will be joining an already strong Tigers rotation. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Hours after the Oakland Athletics traded for Jon Lester, the Detroit Tigers countered by pulling off a three-team blockbuster that puts the last three AL Cy Young award winners in the same rotation. The Tigers are now set for October with a loaded rotation of Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander, and Aníbal Sánchez.

Continue reading Tigers Acquire David Price From Rays in Trade Deadline Blockbuster »

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Céspedes brings a powerful bat to Fenway Park...until he becomes a free agent after 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

If you weren’t sure how to react to the four trades made by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, you certainly weren’t alone. Across social media and sports talk radio, opinions ranged from high praise for the acquisition of Cuban slugger Yoenis Céspedes to outrage over the lack of a long-term return for ace Jon Lester.

To recap the crazy day, the drama started with a blockbuster deal that sent both Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland in exchange for Céspedes. Then, the Sox agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals that traded John Lackey for outfielder Allen Craig and starting pitcher Joe Kelly. Finally, the team agreed to two smaller trades within the American League East, one which sent Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for a pitching prospect, and the other — a rare swap with the New York Yankees that put Stephen Drew in pinstripes for Kelly Johnson.

Here’s a breakdown of the three key players acquired by the Red Sox, including their ages. Continue reading Flurry of trades leaves Red Sox in state of uncertainty »

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