Hernandez, Chung active against Jets; Vollmer will sit

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Hernandez, Chung active against Jets; Vollmer will sit

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Aaron Hernandez will try his luck against the Jets . . . for a second time.
The tight end, who sprained an ankle in New England's second game of the season, is active for the first time since the Week 7 AFC East showdown. He played 57 of 80 offensive snaps against New York that night, but afterward was placed back on the shelf for more rehab.
Safety Pat Chung is also making a return after being sidelined with a shoulder injury suffered against the Seahawks.
More positive news for the Patriots: Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and Wes Welker (ankle), who were both "limited" this week, are available tonight as well.
Tackle Sebastian Vollmer's absence is a surprise. He's had a consistent spot on the injury report because of a bad back and knee, but has played -- and started -- in every game this season.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski (broken forearm), defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle), and left guard Logan Mankins (anklecalf) did not participate in either of the week's walkthroughs and were ruled "Out" for the game as of Wednesday.
The full list of Patriots inactives:
TE Rob GronkowskiLG Logan MankinsOT Sebastian VollmerDE Chandler JonesDB Marquice ColeDL Jake BequetteOL Markus Zusevics
Inactive for the Jets:
RB Kahlil BellDC Aaron BerryDT Damon HarrisonOG Hayworth HicksTE Hayden SmithC Caleb SchlauderaffQB Greg McElroy

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.

 

Shaughnessy: Everything Farrell does blows up in his face, particularly in 8th inning

Shaughnessy: Everything Farrell does blows up in his face, particularly in 8th inning

Dan Shaughnessy joins Sports Tonight to discuss Rick Porcello giving up a game-tying homerun in the 8th, and explains why John Farrell has been very unlucky with any decision he makes.