From Comcast SportsNet Monday, August 15, 2011
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Albert Pujols' National League-leading 29th home run in the first inning Sunday night was also the longest at 6-year-old Busch Stadium. Pujols two-run shot off Esmil Rogers off the Colorado Rockies cleared the bleachers beyond the visitor's bullpen in left field and was estimated at 465 feet. It bettered Lance Berkman's 452-foot homer to right off the Reds' Edinson Volquez on July 5. Pujols entered the game tied with Berkman for the league lead in homers. It's the latest in the season the franchise has had the league's top two home run hitters.
David Ortiz's exploits with the Red Sox over the years can easily be described as "Ruthian."
That description became more fitting and Big Papi's legend grew Friday night when Ortiz made like the Babe by promising and delivering a home run to young fan named Maverick.
Ortiz connected with a two-run shot over the Green Monster in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the rival Yankees.
Here's the video Ortiz and former Red Sox teammate Kevin Millar, now with the MLB Network, made for Maverick before the game.
And here's Maverick's response, via Millar:
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the organization "will continue to have Tom's back" in reference to Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension being reinstated.
Here's an excerpt of what Kraft, speaking Friday night at the Patriots draft party in a video on the team website, Patriots.com, told fans:
“Number one, there is no finer ambassador for the game of football, and the New England Patriots, than Tom Brady. We always have had and will continue to have Tom’s back, especially when he’s being treated unfairly and he knows that.”
"All the decisions that this organization and I personally have made throughout this ordeal have been focused on putting Tom in the best possible position for success.
“Number two, I have been in constant communication with Tom over the past 16 months and we’ve had numerous conversations this past week. We are both on the same page and he knows exactly where my allegiances, and the total team’s [allegiances] are, relative to the extremely unfair discipline that he has been subjected to.
“I share in our fans’ anger and frustration with the penalties the league has levied, and the entire process and how it was conducted. But please trust that I am always trying to do what I believe is best for this franchise, and pledge that I will always continue to do that.”
After the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision reinstated Brady's four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, it appears Brady is preparing to continue his legal fight against the penalty.
Former Patriots players appear to have Brady's back, as well.
Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox' 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
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