Belichick geared up for Pats-Jets intensity

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Belichick geared up for Pats-Jets intensity

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick sounded as if he was past preparation mode for the Jets on Friday and is starting to warm to the intensity that's looming. Belichick even squeezed in one of his accidentally-on-purpose non-sequiturs when illustrating the climate, saying, "Its a pretty intense atmosphere when these two teams play. I think if you played in a parking lot out there by CBS News, whatever it is, itd be pretty intense." Belichick was referring to the parking lot near Patriots Place which has a restaurant called CBS Scene. Anyway, back to Belichick's appraisal of the bitterness between the two teams. "A lot of energy here, a lot of energy down there,"Belichick said."Its a good football game. Two teams that know each other well, a good rivalry." Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald decided to probe Belichick with a question about the day back in 2000 when Belichick resigned as head coach of the Jets. (HC of the NYJ). Rapoport noted that Belichick looked younger then. "What's that supposed to mean," Belichick said sternly. He entertained the question, though, saying, "That wasnt a great situation all the way around, with Bill Parcells resigning the day before and me resigning the day after that. Thats all water under the bridge."

It's not something he spends time reminiscing about. "I honestly dont spend a lot of time looking back on that," he said. "At that point in time, that situation, I did what I felt I needed to do, and I don't have any regrets about that. There's certainly a lot of things that could have been handled differently or whatever, but anyway, that doesnt matter now." Not so much.

Quotes, notes and stars: Wright 'able to neutralize' top of Orioles lineup

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Quotes, notes and stars: Wright 'able to neutralize' top of Orioles lineup

BALTIMORE -- Quotes, notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Orioles.

 

QUOTES

"He was able to neutralize their top half (of the lineup) and that was the biggest thing.'' - John Farrell on Steven Wright.

"He never broke stride, continued in a full-out gait around third base. It was a good heads-up play on his part.'' - Farrell on Mookie Betts scoring all the way from second on a swinging bunt.

"It kind of throws them off because then if I leave one up, I'm hoping the difference in the speed will get them out front.'' - Steven Wright on changing speeds on the knuckleball.

"Yeah, I do. Off the field. Not when I'm at the park, but off the field, I do.'' - Xander Bogaerts, acknowledging that he does think about his ongoing hitting streak.

"It was amazing. Hitting my first home run and putting us ahead three (more) runs, it's awesome.'' - Marco Hernandez on his first major league home run.

 

NOTES:

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 23 games with two doubles.

* Marco Hernandez's three-run homer in the eighth inning was his first major league homer.

* Mookie Betts has now reached in 13 straight games against the Orioles.

* Betts has scored 14 runs in his last 11 games.

* In his last seven games, David Ortiz is 14-for-28 in his last seven games.

* Ortiz has seven homers in his last 12 games at Camden Yards and 12 homers in his last 16 games here.

* Ortiz has homered in each of his last three games, the 18th time in his career that he's done that.

* Steven Wright tossed a career-high 122 pitches.

* Wright became the third Red Sox starter to toss three consecutive complete games on the road since Roger Clemens in 1991-92.

 

STARS:

1) Steven Wright

Wright's third complete game of the season was a gem, with just four hits allowed - just three them into the outfield. He's got a 1.79 ERA on the road this season.

2) Xander Bogaerts

In addition to extending his hitting streak to 23 games, Bogaerts had two doubles and knocked in two runs.

3) Marco Hernandez

Hernandez's first big league homer was a big one, extending what had been a two-run lead to a five-run cushion with a three-run blast in the eighth