3 Up, 3 Down: Season in review

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3 Up, 3 Down: Season in review

In the season review edition of 3 up, 3 down, Jessica Moran looks back at the 2012 Red Sox.

With the way this season played out, you can be sure it was easy three downs. The hard part was picking just three. So Jessica Moran found a way around that.

The first down goes to the starting pitchers who finished the season with a franchise-high 5.19 ERA. The Big Three of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett combined for a 22-33 record.

Next in line is Bobby Valentine who was fired after leading the Red Sox to a 69-93 record, their worst record since 1965. The team nosedived after the All-Star Break, limping to the finish with a 26-50 record in the second half of the season.

And finally, the ownership group. The franchise missed the playoffs for the third straight season and finished dead last in the A.L. East.

But there were some success stories hidden way WAY underneath all the ugly candy coating.

David Ortiz put together one of his best seasons before succumbing to injuries. In 90 games, Ortiz finished with a .318 average, 23 home runs and 60 RBI, putting up his best OPS since 2007.

Rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks was a revelation with his power stroke before the injury bug prematurely ended his season as well.

In 75 games, Middlebrooks pounded 15 homers and the second best slugging percentage on the team.

And finally, Cody Ross, who finished third on the team with 22 home runs while tallying 81 RBI. He also crushed left-handed pitching, to the tune of a .636 slugging percentage.

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

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HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.