Back on track

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Back on track

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-3) at NEW YORK JETS (5-3)

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

The facts and figures for tonight's game:

KICKOFF: 8:20 p.m.

WEATHER: Partly cloudy, highs in the low 50s, dipping into the upper 40s by game's end. Winds out of the south southwest at around 5-10 mph.

NETWORK TELEVISION COVERAGE: NBC

TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya

RADIO COVERAGE: 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship for the 37-station Patriots Radio Network

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos, Gino Cappelletti, Scott Zolak

COMCAST SPORTSNET COVERAGE

CSNNE.com STAFF: Tom E. Curran, Mary Paoletti, Art Martone

CSN TELEVISION: Mike Giardi

GOING DOWN: The Patriots lost, 24-20, to the Giants last Sunday, snapping their 20-game regular-season home winning streak in the process. New England has now dropped back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 12-13 in 2009 and is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since a four-game skid in 2002.

GOING UP: The Jets went to Buffalo and beat the Bills, 27-11, in Week 9 and have now won three straight games overall by an average of 13.3 points per victory. Including a 4-0 mark in 2011, the Jets have won five straight home games by a combined score of 148-61.

LOOKING FOR EVENS: New England beat New York, 31-20, in these teams' first meeting of the season in Week 5. The Patriots and Jets have split their regular-season series each of the last three years.

STILL ON PACE: Tom Brady had his NFL-record 31-game regular-season home win streak snapped by the Giants last Sunday, despite recording his fifth 300-plus passing yard performance of 2011. Brady is one of four quarterbacks averaging over 300 yards through the air this season (Brees, Rodgers and Rivers are the others) and is on pace for 5,406 passing yards overall -- a number that would crush Dan Marino's NFL record of 5,084 yards in 1984.

JERSEY BOY: Mark Sanchez completed a season-best 71.4 percent of his passes for 230 yards and a touchdown (1 INT) last Sunday. Sanchez is 2-0 with a 114.5 rating (4 TDs, 0 INT) in two career home games versus the Patriots and Tom Brady.

SURE HANDED: New England players have dropped just seven catchable passes from Tom Brady this season -- fewest of any team in the league. The Jets have 14 drops in 2011 -- 15th in the NFL.

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

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Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

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Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.