Hernandez talks Jets, Brady's temper in radio spot

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Hernandez talks Jets, Brady's temper in radio spot

Patriots receiver Aaron Hernandez joined Colin Cowherd for an ESPN radio spot Tuesday morning. The timing was good, considering the Patriots broke a two-game slide over the Jets this past weekend. The win provided New England AFC East supremacy and an easy topic for discussion.

Hernandez was upbeat during his chat with Cowherd.

"It's a lot better when you come up with a victory at an away game because you know it hurts that team that much more," he said. "It's a tough win and it's always a lot tougher on the road, especially in New York, in that type of stadium and atmosphere. It's a great win and we're really excited."

MetLife Stadium's aura truly is intense. From the fireworks to Fireman Ed, and all the green in between, there's a lot to overwhelm opponents at the Jets' home field. But Hernandez said New England's 37-16 victory silenced the mob.

Cowherd asked if fans got in the receiver's face as he walked to the locker room.

"I wouldn't say that because most of them were already out of the stadium by the end," Hernandez laughed.

Surely nicer than seeing Patriots fans trudge out of Gillette two weeks ago.

Both Hernandez and Tom Brady needed to snap back to good for the offense to overcome the losing streak, to overcome New York. It happened. Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 329 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. New England's 37 points equaled that of the previous two losses combined. Though none of Brady's TD's were hauled in by Hernandez (he has five in seven games), the pair connected four times for 41 yards.

"It's just the touch Brady has. When you have to get it right over that linebacker and drop it in the hole, or you have a defender right on your hip, and he puts it in the right place. There's just times where we're not open and he makes the pass and puts it in the right place and we look like we are open. A player like Tom just makes every player on the field that much better. It's awesome playing with him."

But Cowherd wasn't so interested in good times had by Brady's bunch. He wanted to know about the quarterback's fire, specifically, if the receivers are ever the targets of his temper.

"Not many times," said Hernandez, "but here or there, if I don't get my depth or if I make the wrong decision versus the wrong coverage he may curse me out a little bit. But he's very positive and never really screams at players too much.

"There's times he shows some emotion, but mostly he's laid back and stays to himself. But when things aren't going that great or the team needs some motivation, he definitely steps in and takes that role."

So it really is all good at Gillette? It is as far as Hernandez would say. He told Cowherd that Brady doesn't intimidate, and working with the three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback is nothing but a blessing. Who would have thunk it?

"He makes everyone feel comfortable. It's not like he thinks he's better than everyone and looks down on everyone. He's humble and makes everyone feel comfortable. When he yells at you it's deserved."

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

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First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.