With only two games left and nothing to play for, I'll still be watching if only to see Derek Jeter's last hurrah and Mookie Betts's bright future. (Getty Images)

And then there were two.

This afternoon, the Boston Red Sox play their second to last game of the atrocity that is the 2014 season, though you’d be excused for confusing them with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Shane Victorino are all out for the season, leaving a collection of rookies to fill the Red Sox lineup. So why bother watching?

Because those rookies are going to be key to the team’s success in 2015, particularly one Mookie Betts, who has ascended to the top of the Red Sox prospects list in rather spectacular fashion. Oh, and you might have heard of some guy named Derek Jeter…

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When he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, Bryan Stork had the distinction of being the highest interior offensive lineman drafted by the Patriots since they took Logan Mankins in the first round in 2005. A Rimington Trophy winner as college football’s top center, he was considered to be a potential starting center for the Patriots. His offseason and training camp were derailed by injuries and has not begun to see meaningful action until the past two weeks. It may however, be time for the Patriots to make him a starter.

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Rajon Rondo (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo fractured a metacarpal bone in his left hand after falling at his home on Thursday night. He underwent surgery at New England Baptist Hospital on Friday and is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Boston opens its regular season on October 29 against Brooklyn, so Rondo could miss anywhere between five and 10 games.

All things considered, the news isn’t as bad as it could have been — perhaps the worst part is that he’ll miss training camp for the second straight season after his ACL tear last year. But Rondo’s injury will also have the effect of reshuffling the backcourt depth chart for the first few weeks of the regular season, thrusting some young players into the spotlight perhaps before they’re ready. Continue reading Rondo Breaks Hand, Will Miss First 2-4 Weeks of Season »

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Jeterpalooza

September 26, 2014 at 7:43am in Featured, Now!, Top Story

1. Brady vs. other QB’s statistically:

* Yards…………………..632……24th….(2007 after 3 games 877)

* Completion %……..55.5%….27th….(2007 after 3 games 80%)

* Yards per attempt 5.54……30th…..(2007 after 3 games 10.12)

* TD’s………………………3……..18th…..(2007 after 3 games 10)

* QB Rating…………….82.9%…23rd….(2007 after 3 games 140.00%)

2. Offensive Line – Big isn’t necessarily better:

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John Lucas III (USATSI)

Danny Ainge proved once again on Thursday that he is the master of the salary-dumping trade by sending shooting guard Keith Bogans and two future conditional second-round picks to Cleveland. In exchange, the Celtics received point guard John Lucas III and power forwards Erik Murphy, Dwight Powell and Malcolm Thomas along with two second rounders.

Bogans, an 11-year veteran, came to Boston from Brooklyn as part of the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce blockbuster last offseason. He played in just six games for the Celtics before being excused indefinitely in January, reportedly following an argument on the team bus stemming from his lack of playing time. Continue reading Celtics Get Something for Nothing with Bogans Trade »

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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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