Belichick uncertain on Stallworth's role


Belichick uncertain on Stallworth's role

FOXBORO -- With Donte' Stallworth back in the mix for the Patriots after being re-signed this week, his role on the team remains uncertain.

Stallworth was released during training camp, but was brought back to replace injured wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Belichick said he needs to see Stallworth at practice before distinguishing his role for Monday night's game against the Houston Texans.

"I don't know, we'll see how it goes this week," said Belichick before Wednesday's practice. "We'll see what his role ends up being this week. We haven't seen him for three months, so we'll have him out there at practice, go through some things and see how it goes. We'll do what we think is best for the team for this week."

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.