By Tom E. CurranThe Patriots brought back six familiar names and put them on their practice squad Saturday.Five of them were releasedFriday: fullback Eric Kettani, offensive tackle Matt Kopa, tight end Alex Silvestro, linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, and defensive back Malcolm Williams. Guard Thomas Austin, who was released by the Patriots last year and claimed by the Texans, returns. The team alsosigned wide receiver Sam Kirkland after Kirkland worked out with the Patriots on Saturday. He'd been with the WashingtonRedskins as an undrafted free agent.
Mookie Betts shines at the plate, with two home runs, and in the field as he helps the Red Sox break their losing streak.